Australian Steelers will play for Gold at GIO 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship

The Australian Steelers are playing for Gold tomorrow in the GIO IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship gold medal match against Japan.

The Steelers remained undefeated through the Preliminary and Crossover rounds – triumphing over Great Britain today 59-57.

Japan defeated the United States of America 51-46 to secure a spot in the gold medal match against the Steelers.

Australia’s Chris Bond is looking forward to tomorrow’s match and expects it to be different to yesterday’s game – where Australia defeated Japan 65-52.

“They [Japan] are going to come out with everything on the line and so will we,” said Bond.

“We really want this win. We try to lift at major events and this is a major event.”

“Just one more game – we’ll put it out for four quarters and then we can have a break and hopefully enjoy a win.”

Japan’s Masayuki Haga said they are excited to play for Gold tomorrow.

“This is the first time for us in the final of a major tournament. I’m really excited. Yesterday we lost to them so we will have to play better tomorrow," said Haga.

Great Britain and the USA will be battling for Bronze tomorrow.

Colombia triumphed over New Zealand in the second quarter of overtime, 61-59.

In the closest game of the Championship yet, Colombia defeated New Zealand in the second quarter of overtime. Colombia scored in the last 3 seconds of the match, pushing the game into overtime.

Colombia’s Moises Alonso was thrilled with the spirit and determination of his team in today’s match.

“We are training very hard and are happy with the results today. We played against New Zealand in the qualifier so we already had a rivalry with them,” said Alonso.

“I’m very excited from that result, the tight match brought pressure which was good.”

Colombia will be competing against Poland tomorrow – who defeated Ireland today 49-44.

“We worked as a team, we focused on the tactical plan and the game slowly turned our way and we just kept growing and kept pushing,” said Poland’s Rafal Rocki.

France defeated Sweden 54-42, pitting France against Canada – who narrowly beat Denmark 52-51 - tomorrow for fifth place.

“We are really focused on winning fifth place and we will work hard for that,” said France’s Sebastien Verdin.

Canadian Travis Murao said they’re excited to play France again tomorrow.

“We have slowly built momentum throughout the tournament, so hopefully we can carry that on to our game with France,” said Murao.

The event started on Sunday 5 August and ticket prices are from $5, available from:

All media attendees must register for accreditation at

For further information, please contact: Chris Nay at 2018 WRWC on 0405 036 727 or or Julia Macerola on 0422 337 332 or

Draw for Friday 10 August

9:30am: New Zealand vs Ireland – Genea Netball Centre
9:30am: Colombia vs Poland – Quaycentre
11:30am: Denmark vs Sweden – Genea Netball Centre11:30am: Canada vs France – Quaycentre
1:45pm – Bronze Medal Match: Great Britain vs United States of America – Quaycentre  
4:00pm – Gold Medal Match: Australia vs Japan – Quaycentre