The Australian women’s water polo team rounded out their Tokyo 2020 campaign in style, defeating the Netherlands 14-7 in the fifth-place play-off.
The Stingers came into the match with a point to prove having narrowly lost out on a semi-final spot. They needed penalties to see off Canada and reach the playoff but lifted the intensity to secure a strong finish to the tournament.
NSWIS athlete Bronte Halligan opened the scoring, only for the Dutch to quickly equalise. However, from there it was one way traffic. NSWIS’ Hannah Buckling grabbed a first quarter goal alongside Rowie Webster whilst another NSWIS athlete, Keesja Gofers, scored a double in the opening exchanges.
The Australians extended their lead in the second and third quarters, winning them 3-1 and 3-2 respectively, whilst the teams drew the fourth and final quarter 3-a-piece.
The final goal of the game and the Stingers Tokyo 2020 Campaign went to yet another NSWIS athlete, Amy Ridge, with 18 seconds remaining on the clock.
After the disappointment of not progressing on to compete for a medal, the Stingers have bounced back to show that they are more than capable of competing with the top four teams in Tokyo.