Victorian Institute of Sport

Stingers break 69 game US winning streak

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Although the Aussie Stingers were unable to win the overall Test Series against defending Olympic Champions, the USA, they still were able to show the world why they are ready to win gold in Tokyo.

The Aussie Stingers broke the USA’s 69 game winning streak in their first international series since the 2019 FINA World Championships, with VIS’ Rowie Webster finding the back of the net in the final 30 seconds from a penalty.

But, in the next game, they came off second best, going down fighting against a formidable USA side 7-10. 

Despite a very strong start from the Aussies, leading by one goal heading into the final quarter, the USA came out firing to outscore the Aussies five to one in the final period.

While the result in the final test didn’t go the Australian’s way, Captain Rowie Webster said she was pleased for all the Aussie fans who had turned out for their last international match on home soil ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“I think both teams had reviewed a lot of footage and knew what the other team would deliver which is what I think created a low score at half time. This is all about our journey (towards Tokyo) and I think all three games were good.

“It was a privilege to host the USA and to jag a win against them… you can only play the opposition in front of you and we have always said we just need to focus on our game plan,” she said.

Players will now head back to their Clubs for the OVO Australian Water Polo League before the next international tour and competition at the FINA World League Inter-continental Cup.

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