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Aussies thump Kiwis in scrappy match

May 11, 2013

 

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The Australian women’s water polo team continued their undefeated run at the FINA World League qualifying tournament in Auckland with a scrappy 10-5 victory over hosts New Zealand.

The Kiwis, desperate to upstage their neighbours, came out firing in the first half restricting Australia to a 5-4 lead at the main break.

Employing a very physical press the Kiwis frustrated the Stingers‘ attack.

The third term was a different story with the London Olympic bronze medallists thundering home four goals to one to break open the contest.

Co-captain Rowie Webster continued her dominant form with a game-high four goals, while Bronwen Knox (2), Nicola Zagame, Ash Southern, Isobel Bishop and Holly Lincoln-Smith all found the back of the net.

Centre-forward Jess Martin, who played an instrumental role in setting up a key attacking opportunity late in the piece, said it was great win but they needed to improve.

“It’s really positive for me to be able to contribute to the team when I get in. That’s my job and my role is to work really hard and try and earn something positive for the team in just a few minutes,” Martin said.

Australia play China on Sunday evening in the first game of their second series of matches against their Asia/Oceania rivals.

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