The Australian Steelers remain undefeated during the Preliminary Round of the GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship, with a double-win today against Ireland and Japan.
Australia defeated Ireland this morning 70-44 followed up by a victory over Japan this evening, 65-52.
Captain Ryley Batt was thrilled with the win, but isn’t celebrating yet. “Two more big games, we’re not excited yet. It’s early days,” said Batt.
“We’ve been in this situation many times and it’s about telling these new guys that the job’s not done.
“That was just the start of the mountain, we’ve got two more big games.”
Prior to the Australia match, Japan had remained undefeated with a win over Denmark this morning, 52-42.
Kevin Orr, Japan’s head coach said the game was a great opportunity to learn from going into the semi-final round.
“We haven’t beaten them [USA] yet, but at the same time it’s an opportunity for us to prove our merit. We want to play the best teams in order to beat them, so we’re in the position where we want to be – in the semi-final with an opportunity for a gold medal,” said Orr.
“The ultimate goal is to win a gold medal in 2020 in front of our home crowd and learn from here. It’s the little pieces of what can we learn. We can learn a lot from the Australians – they’re the elite team and we got to learn what they are doing well and how we can mimic that.”
Today was the final day of the Preliminary Round with semi-finals starting tomorrow. Australia will face Great Britain for their Crossover Game, who defeated France this afternoon, finishing second in Pool B.
British Jamie Stead said Britain felt confident coming out of the game against France.
“We feel confident against anyone and we believe we can beat anybody, so we are ready for whoever wins [from Australia vs Japan],” said Stead.
USA finish on top of Pool B with a double win against Canada and Poland
The United States of America remain undefeated in Pool B – triumphing over Poland 47-33, and Canada 54-47.
USA held a ten-point lead at half time against Poland which helped secure their fourth win of the tournament.
Canada pulled their first win of the Championship prior to their match against the US, defeating Colombia 59-46.
Canada’s Captain Trevor Hirschfield was thrilled with a win going into their game against Denmark tomorrow.
“To come away with a win today before moving into the Crossover, is good for the guys,” said Hirschfield.
Sweden defeated New Zealand Wheelblacks, 54-52
Sweden finished the Preliminary Rounds on a high note, defeating the New Zealand Wheelblacks in a nail-biter.
Sweden finished fourth in Pool A, whereas New Zealand finished fifth.
Australian Invictus team defeated GIO NSW Gladiators in exhibition match, 59-34
The Australian Invictus team defeated the GIO NSW Gladiators tonight in an exhibition match, following Australia vs Japan.
Table as of Wednesday 8 August 2018, 10:00pm
The event started on Sunday 5 August and ticket prices are from $5, available from: https://www.2018wrwc.com/tickets/
Draw for Wednesday 8 August
10:30am: Poland vs Ireland – Genea Netball Centre
11:00am: New Zealand vs Colombia – Quaycentre
13:00pm: France vs Sweden – Genea Netball Centre
13:30pm: Denmark vs Canada – Quaycentre
15:30pm: Japan vs United States of America – Genea Netball Centre
16:00pm: Australia vs Great Britain – Quaycentre