We already knew all sides involved in the Rio Olympics women’s tournament were to advance to the knockout stage of competition but on Saturday the match-ups were determined in the prelims last round of play. Australia got off to a somewhat slow start facing home team Brazil but in the end posted a clear 10-3 victory and are up for one of the more attractive quarterfinal match-ups as Hungary will be their opponent for a spot in the semis. The Hungarian women fell to USA 6-11 in the final group stage round, due to a poor 2nd period where the Americans grabbed control and walked away. The Stingers and Magyars open up quarterfinal day at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Monday.
Italy claimed the top spot in their group after beating Russia 5-10 on Saturday. Next up for the Fabio Conti coached squad is China who lost to Spain 8-12 in another hard-fought but deserved win for the Spanish side. The remaining two quarters matches will see Brazil taking on favourites USA while Russia and Spain could be up for a tough one in their quest for the medals.
Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Saturday, August 13 – day 7
China vs. Spain 8-12 (2-3, 4-4, 1-2, 1-3)
China scorers: C. Zhang 3, Ma 2, Niu, Zhao, J. Zhang.
spain scorers: Lopez 4, Garcia 3, Tarrago 2, Forca 2, Ortiz.
Russia vs. Italy 5-10 (2-3, 1-2, 1-3, 1-2)
Russia scorers: Grineva 2, Glyzina, Ivanova, Lisunova.
Italy scorers: Bianconi 3, Garibotti 2, Emmolo 2, Queirolo 2, Cotti.
Australia vs. Brazil 10-3 (1-1, 3-1, 3-0, 3-1)
Australia scorers: Gofers 2, Webster 2, Buckling, McGhie, Beadsworth, Southern, Lincoln-Smith, Knox.
Hungary vs. USA 6-11 (2-2, 1-5, 1-1, 2-3)
Hungary scorers: Szücs 2, Antal, Bujka, Czigany, Keszthelyi.
USA scorers: Steffens 4, Musselman 3, Mathewson 2, Neushul, Gilchrist.
Olympic Aquatics Stadium
Sunday, August 14 – day 8
12.50: Montenegro vs. Spain – men
14.10: Australia vs. Greece – men
15.30: USA vs. Italy – men
16.50: France vs. Croatia – men
19.30: Serbia vs. Japan – men
20.50: Brazil vs. Hungary – men
Monday, August 15 – day 9
14.10: Australia vs. Hungary – women
15.30: Italy vs. China – women
18.20: Brazil vs. USA – women
19.40: Russia vs. Spain – women
N.b.: Time mentioned is local time (UTC/GMT – 3 hours)