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Coach happy with his team despite defeat

AUSTRALIA has been beaten by the USA in a women's World Cup final for the second consecutive time.

The Stingers trailed the US 7-3 at half-time and went on to lose 10-6 in the event played in the Russian city of Khanty-Mansiysk.

Australian coach Greg McFadden said he was happy with the efforts of the team, highlighting the improvement over the course of the tournament.

"It was a fantastic effort by the girls. They gave 100% and did not stop attacking right to the end of the game," he said.

Despite the loss, Australia's Rowena Webster (pictured) was named player of the tournament after 16 goals, including two in the final. The World Cup silver medal capped a successful international season for the Stingers who beat the USA in the final of the Intercontinental Cup in May.

They followed that victory with a third-placed finish in the World League finals in China in June.

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