Stingers are UNBEATABLE in Tokyo as Australia’s women’s water polo team makes a stunning comeback after four goals down
Australia’s women’s water polo team has fallen from four goals to beat the Netherlands and remains undefeated in Tokyo.
Trailing 8-4 just before halftime, the Stingers kept their cool to beat the powerhouse in a 10-4 second half.
The win follows Canada’s 8-5 loss and virtually guarantees Australia a quarter-final spot for their remaining group matches against South Africa and Spain.
Abby Andrews shone with three crucially timed goals and fierce defensive work against the physical Dutchman, while veterans Bronwen Knox (two) and Rowie Webster (three) both scored late in the last quarter to seal the win.
The Stingers celebrate after their victory over the Netherlands at the Olympic Games on Monday
Keesja Gofers of Team Australia will be challenged on Monday by Nomi Stomphorst of Team Netherlands
Hannah Buckling also scored three goals, while Zoe Arancini (two goals) was on target again with her cheeky long-range lob, and goalkeeper Gabriella Palm linked up close range to fend off the Netherlands’ latest push.
The Dutch had taken advantage of a series of Australian penalty kicks in the first half to build their lead.
But they were unable to exploit them in the back part of the game, being sent off four times by a desperate defense when Australia was one player behind.
The Stingers have finished first, fourth, third (twice) and sixth since the introduction of women’s water polo, with the United States emerging as the clear superpower after Australia won them gold in Sydney.
But Australia beat the United States – ending a 69-game winning streak – in their most recent competitive hit in January 2020 before COVID-19 took hold.
That victory came after the Stingers chose to become “amateur professional athletes,” Webster said, dropping their obligations outside of work in the run-up to the Games.