Australia's final pool match for the women saw them face off against Scotland under balmy Coolangatta night skies and another packed stadium.
Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar received a huge roar when introduced to the crowd and for the opening exchanges it looked like the Aussies might be in for a battle for the first time this tournament.
Scotland were brave early on as it went point for point but they just couldn’t hold the Australians for long and once they found their groove the Aussies rolled on to comfortably take the first set 21-9.
The second set continued as the first with the Scottish girls offering little to prevent this formidable Australian duo from putting an another clinic to cruise to their third straight win 21-9, 21-9 and finish top of their pool.
After the match Clancy said It may have looked like they cruised through their pool matches but on the court it was much different.
“The scoreboard shows that but definitely doesn’t feel like we cruised through, we’re pushing for our best every game and now we’ve just put ourselves in a really good spot for the quarterfinals.”
The Australian girls said having family and friends in the stands was a huge help.
“I'm always trying to spot my family out before the match starts. They’re an important part for both of us.” Said Clancy.
The connection on the court between Clancy and Artacho del Solar is a joy to watch right now and the scary thing for the rest of the competition is they feel it can still get better.
“There’s always room for improvement, every opportunity we get we continue to grow our game to try and find a higher level. We are proud of what we’ve done so far and excited to continue the growth in our game.” said Artacho del Solar.
One thing this pair is yet to experience in this tournament is high pressure moments in a match but the women believe they will handle it when that time comes which it surely will.
“We are taking steps in our matches to prepare for whats coming and to reinforce that it’s actually a positive and use that energy to move forward.” Said
The Australians will have a day off tomorrow to relax, recover and reset ahead of Tuesday’s quarterfinals.