Dominant defensive display powers Australia to bronze

Australia have handed New Zealand their worst result in Fast5 history, winning the bronze medal match by 19 points.

The 34-15 result means New Zealand will finish out of the medals for the first time in history.

“To be honest, I’m pretty damn proud of the girls. I think all week we put up a fight right to the end. Sometimes things weren’t going our way, shots weren’t going in, rebounds weren’t falling our way but we never gave up, we showed a fighting spirit right from goal shoot down top goal keep, our benchies.I love being out there with those girls, their fight was unreal” New Zealand Storm Purvis on how she saw the match.

In an intense first quarter filled with defensive pressure, it was Ameliaranne Ekenasio who stood tallest, scoring all six of her side’s points to give the New Zealanders a four-point lead at the first break.

Australia used their power play to perfection, scoring 18 points while restricting their opponents to just three points to take an 11-point lead into the second half and New Zealand’s third quarter power play.

The Aussies continued to put pressure on the New Zealanders during a physical third quarter, restricting the Kiwis to just four points while scoring four of their own to go into the final quarter with the same 11-point lead they took into half time.

Australia continued their momentum into the final quarter, outscoring the New Zealanders 10-2 behind seven points from Gretel Tippett to run away winners.

“Yeah, it’s a pretty special feeling, it’s an honour to be able to play for Australia but to be able to lead the Australian Fast5 team was amazing and unfortunately it wasn’t the result we wanted but to be able to play in Melbourne in front of a home crowd is great and hopefully next year we can come back and get that gold.” Australian captain Kate Moloney on her debut captaining Australia.

A dominant display in defence from Sam Poolman, Sarah Klau and Kate Shimmin was instrumental in the victory for the Aussies.

AUSTRALIA 34 defeated New Zealand 15

Australia shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Tegan Phillip 3/4 3/6 0/0
Kaylia Stanton 2/2 1/5 0/1
Gretel Tippett 3/3 3/8 1/1


New Zealand shooting statistics

Shooter 1 point goal 2 point goal 3 point supershot
Ameliaranne Ekenasio 4/6 2/8 0/2
Jamie Hume 2/3 0/1 0/0
Monica Falkner 3/5 0/2 0/0
Maia Wilson 0/1 0/1 0/1


Australia starting five – GS: Kaylia Stanton GA: Gretel Tippett C: Kate Moloney GD: Kate Shimmin GK: Sam Poolman

New Zealand starting five – GS: Ameliaranne Ekenasio GA: Jamie Hume C: Erikana Pedersen GD: Storm Purvis GK: Temalisi Fakahokotau

Australia power play: quarter two
New Zealand power play: quarter three

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