THE Australian women’s polo team has suffered a devastating loss in the quarterfinal, ending its Rio campaign.
After winning the bronze medal games at Beijing and London against Hungary, the two sides continued the tradition of epic encounters.
However, this time the Aussie Stingers could not pull off the win.
In a physical, tense and heartbreaking encounter, the Aussies lost in a penalty shootout after scores were level 8-8 at full time.
Just a minute into the match, Innaloo’s Glencora McGhie scored after a great save by goalkeeper Lea Yanitsas at the other end ,when Hungary had an extra player advantage.
The Aussies led 5-2 at halftime, but some solid attack from the Hungarians saw the full time score level.
Captain Bronwyn Knox hit some bad luck wit her penalty attempt, putting the Hungarians in front.
Yanitsas, who had a sensational game with numerous saves, had two attempts to stop the Hungarians from scoring but it was not to be.
The Australians went down 11-13 and their medal hopes were all but dashed.
Vice-captain Rowie Webster scored two goals in the upsetting loss.
“We had our opportunities,” she said.
“We started really well.
“Good teams are always going to fight back when they’re down and that’s exactly what they did, and they ended up putting away their opportunities, levelled it and won the game.”
The Hungarians advanced to the semi finals to take on the US, who took down crowd favourite Brazil 13-3.
Russia beat Spain 12-10 to move into the semis to play Italy, who downed China 12-7.