Australia's Stingers have qualified for the FINA World League Finals after winning their quarterfinal game over New Zealand at the Intercontinental Cup in Perth.
Despite having two days of the event to go, qualification is guaranteed to the top four women's teams.
“I think we were a little bit rusty at the start we didn’t put away some opportunities we probably should have,” Rowie Webster said.
"It’s a long game and its four quarters and we definitely got better by the end and came out and did a job and got the result so we’re looking forward to tomorrow’s game and the challenge that it brings.
“There were a bit of nerves there as well. Any quarter final is a tough game. We came out slow but I think this team has a lot of energy and we can go 13 deep so we just kept making subs, making changes, working on combinations and we came through with the goods at the end."
Hannah Buckling opened the goal scoring for the Stingers before Zoe Arancini hit the back of the net twice to give Australia a 3-1 lead at the quarter interval.
Goals from Bron Knox, Webster and Elle Armit extended Australia’s lead 6-1 at half time.
Knox and Webster were back on the attack in the third, Webster scoring a double and Knox adding one more to Australia’s overall tally. As Australia seemed to find its groove, New Zealand created two more opportunities, and it was Australia leading 9-3 at three quarter time.
Arancini scored her third of the night early in the fourth and there was no denying the in-form Australian Captain Rowie Webster’s as she scored her fourth, fifth and sixth goal of the night.
Lena Mihailovic joined in on the goal scoring, and Arancini added one more to bring Australia’s tally to 15.
Webster’s six goal spree awarded her a player of the game accolade for the second consecutive night.
The Aussie Stingers will need to overcome a strong China team to advance to the Inter-continental Final.