Australian Women’s Water Polo finish sixth

Published 20 August 2016 (AEDT)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Keesja Gofers #5 of Australia during the Women's Water Polo 5th - 6th Classification match between Australia and Spain on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. © 2016 Getty Images

WATER POLO: There was no denying the Women’s Water Polo final table look different to what was predicted leading into Rio Olympics, including Australia finishing in sixth place.

In one of the most competitive playoffs for the minor placings, Australia took on world class Spain in the fifth-sixth playoff, with Australia narrowly losing 10-12 to Spain.

Coming off the back of a disappointing Quarter Final penalty shoot-out, the Aussies did well to bounce back to play for the minor placings. 

Dominate in the first quarter from Australia saw them take a narrow 5-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.  But the Spaniards came back fighting and were able to level the scores 7-7 at half time.

The third quarter is where Spain made their move taking a 8-10 lead at the end of the third, with the Aussies unable to recover in the final quarter going down 10-12.

Australian Captain Bronwen Knox said it was a hard game to back up in and there was no taking away from a strong side such as Spain.

“They are always tough to beat and today they were just able to convert better than us.

“We didn’t make the most of a few extra man opportunities and in the end that is what I believe cost us.

“Our inconsistency in the pool is what has let us down at this Tournament, but lots to take away and learn from,” said Knox.

The result means that Australia finished sixth at the Tournament.

Match statistics

Qtr time scores (AUS-ESP): 5-4; 2-3; 1-3; 2-2
AUS scorers: Buckling (3) Zagame (2) Webster (2) Southern (1) Arancini (1) McGhie (1)

Qtr 1 & 2 – Lea Yanitsas
Qtr 3 & 4 – Kelsey Wakefield

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