Game 16 (M): 21:00, Group B, AUSTRALIA 12 CHINA 7

Shanghai 2011 - Water Polo Games Reports

Quarters: 1-2, 1-2, 3-2, 7-1

Referees: Radoslaw KORYZNA (POL), Guy PINKER (RSA)

Extra Man: AUS: 4/8. CHN: 4/5

Pen: CHN: 1/1

AUSTRALIA: Joel DENNERLEY, Richard CAMPBELL (3), Tim CLELAND, Mitchell BAIRD, Robbie MAITLAND, Anthony MARTIN (2), Aidan ROACH, Sam McGREGOR (1), Aaron YOUNGER (3), Gavin WOODS (1), Rhys HOWDEN, Billy MILLER (2), Luke QUINLIVAN.  Coach: John FOX.
CHINA: GE Weiqing, TAN Feihu, LIANG Zhongxing (1), YU Lijun, GUO Junliang, PAN Ning (2), LI Bin (2), WANG Yang, XIE Junmin (1), LI Li, ZHANG Zhufeng (1), DONG Tianyi, WU Honghui. Coach: CAI Tianxiong.

This was a game that Australia was meant to win but China failed to follow the script written by the Aussie Sharks head coach. Australians in the stand were stunned when China led 4-1 two minutes in the second quarter. At 4-2 by halftime, it did not look good for the Australians.  The third quarter proved more eventful with five goals, the Aussies holding the edge at 3-2. Australia clawed back to 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6 with the last goal from YOUNGER four seconds from time on counter. MILLER scored the equaliser on extra, sending his shot from the deep left cross cage, somehow slipping through GE’s left hand at 7:05. Any celebrations were short lived as PAN rifled in a shot from the top right on extra and soon after MILLER protested to the referee as he was ejected, earning a suspension foul. China called a timeout but the resulting shot went high. YOUNGER levelled on extra with his third goal at 4:40 and just over a minute later MARTIN scored after a multitude of passes that went well over the exclusion period. MARTIN scored less than a minute later for good measure, driving down the middle. It was 4-1 for the period, the same score Australia posted in the final quarter against Romania in the first match. Triple Olympian WOODS lobbed a goal from two metres at 1:43 and captain McGREGOR converted extra with a swift strike and the game was in the bag at 11-7. CAMPBELL finished the game with the Sharks’ seventh goal of the period from the deep left with four seconds left. It was a tremendous game by the Chinese but had no answer to the determination of the team it frustrated for most of the game. No team can expect to win letting the opposition in seven times in the period. Australia now meets Serbia for the group victory while China needs to beat Romania to advance.