The Australian women’s water polo team suffered heartbreak after losing their quarter-final match against the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), going down 9-8.
After finishing second in their group stages, the Stingers took on the ROC who finished third in the crossover group. The Australian’s had a strong record against the Russia having won every match between the teams at an Olympic Games to date.
The match was never out of reach for the Australian’s, however the Russian’s did hold a 2 goal lead at the end of the first three quarters. A slow start to the game, losing the first quarter 4-2, would come back to hurt the Aussies.
As the game neared the dying moments, NSWIS women’s head coach Rec Rippon called a timeout with 1:01 minutes remaining, she rallied the players for one huge final push. It resulted in NSWIS’ Bronte Halligan rising to the occasion to score, bringing the margin to a single goal. Unfortunately for the Aussies it was too late for a comeback and ROC were able to run down the clock claiming a one goal victory.
Despite the result, the Stingers, they will continue to play for minor placing and take on Canada who were roundly beaten by the USA 16-5 earlier in the day.