Game 28 (W): 15:30, 3A HUNGARY 9 2B AUSTRALIA 10
Quarter-final qualification round
Quarters: 2-3, 2-2, 1-3, 4-2
Referees: Boris MARGETA (SLO), Sergio BORRELL (ESP)
Extra Man: HUN: 3/9. AUS: 2/9
Pens: HUN: 2/2. AUS: 1/1
HUNGARY: Orsolya KASO, Dora CZIGANY, Dora ANTAL, Anna ILLES, Gabriella SZUCS (2), Orsolya TAKACS, Rita DRAVUCZ (2), Rita KESZTHELYI (2), Ildiko TOTH, Barbara BUJKA (2), Rita KOSZPOLI (1), Kata MENCZINGER, Edina GANGL. Head Coach: Andreas MERESZ.
AUSTRALIA: Alicia McCORMACK, Gemma BEADSWORTH (2), Sophie SMITH, Rebecca RIPPON, Jane MORAN, Bronwen KNOX, Rowena WEBSTER (4), Kate GYNTHER (2), Glencora RALPH (1), Holly LINCOLN-SMITH, Melissa RIPPON, Nicola ZAGAME (1), Victoria BROWN. Head Coach: Greg McFADDEN.
Australia advanced to the quarter-finals as expected by most people except the hopeful Hungarians who had every right, as it turned out. The game came down to the last quarter, which Hungary won but the damage was done in the middle half of the match. WEBSTER scored twice as the Aussie Stingers shot to a 3-1 lead but DRAVUCZ brought it back again by the quarter. KESZTHELYI on extra and SZUCS with a penalty goal took Hungary 4-3 ahead. But there the Hungarian goals dried up as Australia regained the lead through two extra-man goals by halftime, including a third WEBSTER goal. Two counter-attack goals and a score after extra-man advantage had elapsed gave the Stingers a handy 8-4 lead. Hungary called a timeout immediately and BUJKA obliged with the goal from the right post-position with a backhander. BEADSWORTH lobbed from the right post to open the fourth period and regain the four-goal margin. Hungary wanted a quarter-final berth more than Australia from that point on. POSZKOLI scored on extra and SCUCZ sent in another penalty goal. Australia went to a timeout and WEBSTER succeeded with the shot as the returning player was in the pool. It was WEBSTER’s fourth goal for the match and 11th for the tournament but she fouled out on the next defence and DRAVUCZ scored an open goal at 0:51. Before WEBSTER’s goal, Hungary failed to take an easy chance that was defended, virtually giving the game to Australia. This came back to haunt Hungary as KESZTHELYI scored on counter after KNOX found herself in front of goal, did not shoot but lost the ball in the scrum. That final goal by Hungary came with 12 seconds left. Australia spread the team and held the ball to win. Australia heads to the quarters to clash with Italy, the silver medallist at last month’s FINA World League Super Final.