Australia v Great Britain Test Series: Stingers wrap up series

Glencora Ralph was awesome in attack scoring three goals (Anthony Pearse)

Australia v Great Britain Test Series: Stingers wrap up series

27.02.2012

The Australian women's water polo team, the Aussie Stingers, have continued their strong start to 2012 defeating Great Britain 14-3 to clean sweep their five match test series.

The Stingers got off to a slow start leading by just one at the first break, before dominating the middle two quarters scoring 11 of their 14 goals.

Glencora Ralph and Ashleigh Southern were dynamic during that period each chalking up their hat tricks, while Rowie Webster and Nicola Zagame both pitched in with two.

Ralph, who said it was always great to get on the scorers sheet for her country, believed the near perfect execution of the team's defensive structure was the most promising aspect of the night's win.

"Our focus was on the team's defence, and being able to keep it strong all game," Ralph said.

"To restrict Great Britain to the lowest score of the series was a massive thing and it showed that we are on target for the next few months."

The Stingers now have just one loss from their 14 games in the new year, and have sent out a formidable warning sign to their London Olympic rivals.

Their next task is the London Olympic test event in May where they will take on the USA, Great Britain and Hungary and Ralph believes the five matches against Great Britain has been a great preparation for that.

"This series has given us a lot of insight about how we have to play at the London test event and we are excited about maintaining our form for then," she said.

After the Olympic test event, Australia will then head onto the FINA World League Final in China in June. The final Olympic squad of 13 will be selected at the conclusion of that tournament.

Result: Aussie Stingers 14 bt Great Britain 3

Quarters: 2-1, 7-1, 4-0, 1-1

AUS Scorers: Ashleigh Southern 3, Glencora Ralph 3, Rowie Webster 2, Nicola Zagame 2, Gemma Beadsworth, Holly Lincoln-Smith, Bronwen Knox, Hannah Buckling

Best AUS: Rowie Webster, Gemma Beadsworth, Kate Gynther, Glencora Ralph, Ash Souther, Hannah Buckling, Bronwen Know, Nicola Zagame

Aussie Stingers (played 14): Alicia McCormack, Gemma Beadsworth, Holly-Lincoln-Smith, Bronwen Knox, Rowie Webster, Kate Gynther, Glencora Ralph, Ashleigh Southern, Melissa Rippon, Nicola Zagame, Hannah Buckling, Zoe Arancini, Victoria Brown, Kelsey Wakefield

Great Britain: Robyn Nicholls, Chloe Wilcox, Aine Hoy, Frankie Painter-Snell, Alex Rutlidge, Fran Leighton, Lisa Gibson, Hazel Musgrove, Vicki Hawkins, Angela Winstanley-Smith, Fran Clayton, Becky Kershaw, Rosie Morris

Stingers too good for Brits

Australia’s women’s water polo team, the Aussie Stingers, have beaten Great Britain 14-8 at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra to extend their series record to four wins from as many matches.

The Stingers, who earlier this year defeated world number two China and the experienced United States team to win the gold medal at the Water Polo Pan Pacs, are using the matches against Great Britain as part of their build up to the London Olympic Games.

In tonight’s match they came out firing, scoring four and five goals respectively in the opening two quarters to carry a 9-4 lead into the halftime break. They took the foot off the pedal in the second half but still restricted the Brits to just four goals for the half.

Australia used the unusual tactic of playing three goalkeepers in their team, head coach Greg McFadden rotating Beijing Olympian Alicia McCormack, Victoria Brown and 20-year-old Kelsey Wakefield throughout to test the stoppers’ reaction to be subbed into the pool mid game. All three ‘keepers are still in line for a spot on the plane for London although only two will go.

Wakefield said she thought she did well in her time in the pool, praising the support she received from her defenders.

“I felt I dealt with that quite well, being dragged and then put back in the pool as soon as a goal was scored against us,” Wakefield said.

“Our defence was really well organised and that made the job easier for all of us goalkeepers. I think we all played pretty well.

“One area of my game I still want to further develop is my communication with my defence and helping organise things better.” 

The five test series concludes tomorrow night with the Stingers looking for a clean sweep.

Result: Aussie Stingers 14 bt Great Britain 8

Quarters: 4-2, 5-2, 3-2, 2-2

AUS Scorers: Kate Gynther 3, Nicola Zagame 3, Ash Southern 2, Glencora Ralph 2, Rowie Webster, Sophie Smith, Holly-Lincoln Smith, Jane Moran

Best Players AUS: Glencora Ralph, Rowie Webster, Kate Gynther, Nicola Zagame

Aussie Stingers (played 14): Victoria Brown, Kelsey Wakefield, Gemma Beadsworth, Sophie Smith, Holly-Lincoln Smith, Jane Moran, Bronwen Knox, Rowie Webster, Kate Gynther, Glencora Ralph, Ash Southern, Isobel Bishop, Nicola Zagame, Alicia McCormack

Great Britain: Robyn Nicholls, Chloe Wilcox, Aine Hoy, Frankie Painter-Snell, Alex Rutlidge, Fran Leighton, Lisa Gibson, Hazel Musgrove, Vicki Hawkins, Angela Winstanley-Smith, Fran Clayton, Becky Kershaw, Rosie Morris

Stingers bring up hat trick

The Aussie Stingers, Australia’s women’s water polo team, has made it three victories in five days with a 15-6 demolition of Great Britain at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

The Stingers led 5-3 after the first quarter but it was in the middle half of the game that they showed the dominance they hope will take them to a gold medal at the London Olympic Games later this year. 

During that period the Australians piled on eight goals to one including three to tenacious driver Jane Moran. The Queenslander said that second and third quarter onslaught was the key to the victory.

“We had a very solid middle of the game,” Moran said.

“We drew two-all in the last quarter and allowed two pretty weak goals in the first quarter but when we get our heads together like we did in the middle two quarters we are very solid.

“My goals came with help from some really good team play. Our score lines in these three games have been pretty consistent and (now) we really want to focus on getting our defence as strong as possible.”

Holly Lincoln-Smith, whose sister Emma this week contested the world skeleton championships in Lake Placid, was also strong, netting two goals. Lincoln-Smith is aiming to follow her sister onto an Olympic team – a feat that would make them the first Australian siblings to compete at a winter and summer Olympic Games.

The fourth test of the series is on Monday night, followed by the final game on Tuesday.

Result: Aussie Stingers 15 bt Great Britain 6

Quarters: 5-3, 4-1, 4-0, 2-2

AUS Scorers: Jane Moran 3, Rowie Webster 3, Nicola Zagame 3, Holly-Lincoln Smith 2, Gemma Beadsworth, Hannah Buckling, Melissa Rippon, Sophie Smith

GB Scorers: Frankie Painter-Snell 3, Chloe Wilcox, Fran Clayton, Aine Hoy

Best Players AUS: Holly-Lincoln Smith, Jane Moran, Kelsey Wakefield, Rowie Webster, Gemma Beadsworth, Sophie Smith

Aussie Stingers: Kelsey Wakefield, Gemma Beadsworth, Sophie Smith, Holly-Lincoln Smith, Jane Moran, Bronwen Knox, Rowie Webster, Zoe Arancini, Glencora Ralph, Hannah Buckling, Melissa Rippon, Nicola Zagame, Alicia McCormack

Great Britain: Robyn Nicholls, Chloe Wilcox, Aine Hoy, Frankie Painter-Snell, Alex Rutlidge, Fran Leighton, Lisa Gibson, Hazel Musgrove, Vicki Hawkins, Angela Winstanley-Smith, Fran Clayton, Becky Kershaw, Rosie Morris

Stingers continue momentum with second win over GB

The Australian women's water polo team, the Aussie Stingers, have made it two wins from as many games in their five match test series against Great Britain, defeating the 'old enemy' 14-4 in game two at the AIS in Canberra on Thursday.

The girls bounced back from a slightly rusty opening on Tuesday, to produce a much improved extra-man display in what was an encouraging sign for the future.

The Stingers got off to a quick start jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the opening term with two-time Olympian Melissa Rippon netting an early double, before Bronwen Knox and youngster Hannah Buckling helped consolidate that advantage with two of their own.

Great Britain were able to hold Australia to a 2-0 scoreline in the third quarter before the Stingers accelerated in the last period to seal the 10 goal win.

Young gun Buckling ended up with three for the match, as did Melissa Rippon, while captain Kate Gynther, Brownwen Knox, Gemma Beadsworth and Zoe Arancini all piped in with two.

For Buckling, her performance came at a good time with the 20-year-old impressing in her opening game of the week, after being the source of many extra-man opportunities throughout the contest.

"I though the game was good tonight," a pleased Buckling said.

"We were a lot more patient with the ball and we made sure we took that extra pass which made it easier to find the back of the net.

"Personally, I just loved being able to get in the water and to score three goals was just a bonus.

"Overall, though, having been on the sideline in game one I did notice that we we more calmer and we definitely played like more of a team."

Australia's next game against Great Britain is on Saturday at 6.30pm.

The series is part of a week long training camp in which head coach Greg Mcfadden will be looking to push the girls as they head to the London 2012 Olympics in July.

Result: Aussie Stingers 14 bt Great Britain 4

Quarters: 4-1, 4-3, 2-0, 4-0

AUS Scorers: Hannah Buckling 3, Melissa Rippon 3, Bronwen Knox 2, Gemma Beadsworth 2, Kate Gynther , Zoe Arancini, Glencora Ralph

GB Scorers: Chloe Wilcox, Angela Winstanley-Smith, Frankie Painter-Snell, Hazel Musgrove

Best Players AUS: Gemma Beadsworth, Victoria Brown, Hannah Buckling, Kate Gynther, Bronwen Knox, Melissa Rippon, Sophie Smith

Aussie Stingers: Victoria Brown, Gemma Beadsworth, Sophie Smith, Holly-Lincoln Smith, Jane Moran, Bronwen Knox, Zoe Arancini, Kate Gynther, Glencora Ralph, Hannah Buckling, Melissa Rippon, Nicola Zagame, Kelsey Wakefield

Great Britain: Robyn Nicholls, Chloe Wilcox, Ane Hoy, Frankie Painter-Snell, Alex Rutlidge, Fran Leighton, Lisa Gibson, Hazel Musgrove, Vicki Hawkins, Angela Winstanley-Smith, Fran Clayton, Becky Kershaw, Rosie Morris

Aussie Stingers defeat Great Britain as road to London continues

The Australian women’s water polo team, the Aussie Stingers, have begun their five match test series against Great Britain in fine style defeating the 2012 London Olympic hosts 13-5 at the AIS in Canberra on Tuesday.

In what was the Stingers’ first game since claiming a 2-1 series win against the USA in Sydney last month, the Aussie girls continued their impressive start to 2012 scoring 11 goals in the last three quarters to run away with the match.

The Australian's started slowly easing out to a 2-0 advantage at the first break, before turning on the afterburners courtesy of an Ashleigh Southern double in the second and third terms.

Southern's supreme power was too much for the British in the end, as she netted four for the match while Rowie Webster and Bronwen Knox pitched in with three each.

Head coach Greg McFadden said although the defence was good, he believed the girls still needed to work on their extra-man attack.

"It was slightly disappointing as we really wanted to work on our extra-man attack, but our defense was good and we're always going to improve," McFadden said.

"Our aim is to always get better and after tonight there is a lot of improvement, but as the girls start to play more, the more they will get to know each other and hopefully come Thursday night the girls will be able to play like we did against the USA.

"This competition isn't the end of the world, so we can work on things, but at the Olympics we can't afford to have any bad games at all."

The five test series is part of a weeklong training camp in Canberra as the Stingers continue their journey towards the London Olympics in July later this year.

The Stingers have won their last two championships they have entered, the 2011 Canada Cup and the 2012 Water Polo Pan Pacs in Melbourne, and the girls will be eyeing off further tournament wins at the London Olympic test event in May and the FINA World League finals in June on their way to London gold.

Result: Aussie Stingers 13 bt Great Britain 5

AUS Scorers: Ashleigh Southern 4, Rowie Webster 3, Bronwen Knox 3, Gemma Beadsworth, Melissa Rippon, Holly Lincoln-Smith

GB Scorers: Chloe Wilcox 2, Angela Winstanley-Smith, Frankie Painter-Snell, Lisa Gibson

Aussie Stingers: Victoria Brown, Gemma Beadsworth, Sophie Smith, Holly-Lincoln Smith, Jane Moran, Bronwen Knox, Rowie Webster, Kate Gynther, Glencora Ralph, Ashleigh Southern, Melissa Rippon, Nicola Zagame, Alicia McCormack

Great Britain: Robyn Nicholls, Chloe Wilcox, Aine Hoy, Frankie Painter-Snell, Alex  Rutlidge, Fran Leighton, Vicki Hawkins, Ciara Gibson-Byrne, Lisa Gibson, Angela Winstanley-Smith, Fran Clayton, Becky Kershaw, Rosie Morris, Rachael Drabble, Hazel Musgrove