Game 3: 2:10, Group B, AUSTRALIA 7 CANADA 10

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Quarters: 0-2, 2-3, 2-3, 3-2

Referees: Georgios STAVRIDIS (GRE), Torsten BOCK (GER)

Extra Man: AUS: 3/6. CAN: 3/3

AUSTRALIA: Alicia McCORMACK, Gemma BEADSWORTH (1), Sophie SMITH, Rebecca RIPPON, Jane MORAN, Bronwen KNOX (1), Rowena WEBSTER (2), Kate GYNTHER (1), Glencora RALPH (1), Holly LINCOLN-SMITH, Melissa RIPPON (1), Nicola ZAGAME, Victoria BROWN. Head Coach: Greg McFADDEN.
CANADA: Rachel RIDDELL, Krystina ALOGBO, Katrina MONTON, Emily CSIKOS (2), Joelle BEKHAZI (2), Whitney GENOWAY, Stephanie VALIN, Dominique PERREAULT (2), Monika EGGENS (2) Christine ROBINSON (2), Tara CAMPBELL, Marina RADU, Marissa JANSSENS. Head Coach: Pat OATEN.

Canada produced what some would see as an upset on recent form but Canada has the more recent World Championship silver medal from Rome, while Australia claimed silver in Melbourne in 2007. With Australia in poor shooting form and Canada defensively superb, thanks in no small part by goalkeeper RIDDELL, the North Americans had a 3-0 lead until midway through the second quarter. The gap was still three by halftime with the third period looking better for the Aussie Stingers before CSIKOS scored her second of the period with 17 seconds left for an overwhelming 8-4 advantage at the final break. Australia came back in the fourth with three straight goals and still in with a chance but when PERREAULT plastered in a goal after extra advantage at 2:45, the game was beyond reach. Canada’s ferocious defence was the pivot on which it easily secured the match.