Back to back wins for Aussies in Texas
18 February 2016
WATER POLO: The Australian Women’s Water Polo have taken back to back victories at the FINA World League Intercontinental Tournament in Texas, with a convincing 11-2 win over Canada.
The last time the two sides met the six nation tournament in Rio in November, it was a very different result with the two teams drawing 6-6. The Aussies were keen not repeat the result as they continue to build towards the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Goal Keeper Kelsey Wakefield (Qld) is aiming for her first Olympic Games with Rio firmly in her sights. The 24-year-old put in a strong performance today, notching up 16 saves in goal.
“We had a poor defensive game against China yesterday so we really wanted to focus on that today.
“I think we did a really good job, we were able to structure our defense well and that allowed us to really build in our attack and have really good game overall,” said Wakefield.
The Aussies managed to lead from the start, coming out strong and managing to keep the Canadians scoreless throughout the second half.
Next game for Australia will see them face Brazil tomorrow (Friday 19 February) at 1:20pm (AEDST). For live streaming of the game visit click here.
Quarter time scores AUSvCAN: 2-0 (1) 6-2 (2) 8-2 (3) 11-2 (4).
Aussie scorers: Buckling (2), Halligan (2), Webster (2), Zagame (2), Lincoln-Smith (1), Gofers (1), McGhie (1).
Aussie start list: (1) Lea Yanitas (2) Gemma Beadsworth (3) Hannah Bucklin (4) Holly Lincoln-Smith (5) Keesja Gofers (6) Bronte Halligan (7) Rowie Webster (C) (8) Glencora McGhie (9) Zoe Arancini (10) Ashleigh Southern (11) Isobel Bishop (12) Nicola Zagame (13) Kelsey Wakefield.
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