THE Australian women’s water polo team have made it through to the quarterfinals and will battle old rival Hungary tomorrow morning (2.30am WST).
The Aussie Stingers will need a win over the Hungarians, who they have played and beaten at the last two Olympic Games in the bronze medal decider.
The Stingers finished second in their pool after a narrow loss to Italy in game two, but were given a boost of confidence after beating crowd favourite Brazil 10-3 in the third game.
The aggressive match resulted in Stinger Hannah Buckling copping a punch in the jaw, leaving coach Greg McFadden fuming after officials failed to punish the home side.
However, the Aussies managed to storm home , with Innaloo’s Glencora McGhie and Bicton’s Gemma Beadsworth contributing a goal each.
Gold medal favourites USA will take on Brazil in the first quarterfinal, followed by the Stingers and Hungary straight after.
In the other two finals, Italy will face off with China and Spain will play Russia.