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6 August 2014

Day 3 Review - No surprises as favourites stand out

By Beau Greenway

 

After three days of the IWRF World Championship the top four ranked teams are yet to falter. 


The USA looked as classy as ever with a 65-48 over a quality opponent in Sweden. Captain of team USA Joe Delagrave, says they are achieving their goals set for each match and are working towards the desired result of winning the gold medal.

 

The whole tournament we have been trying to come out with intensity each game even though some of the games might be bigger margins than others. No matter who we bring out we are trying to win each quarter, each line, it's 0-0 when we come out so that way we can't really let the intensity get lower when are up by 10 to 15 goals so we keep it up the whole way through, Delagrave said.


Australia outclassed Belgium in their first encounter 72-46, and held off a spirited challenge from the hosts this afternoon to win 56-50.


Josh Hose was full of praise for the way the Danes played as they really made Australia work for every goal.


Denmark is a very strong team, they played well and really tested us. We got to play with all our lineups, so credit to them, Hose said.

 

Canada have been quietly going about their business without much fuss as the spotlight has been firmly on Denmark, Australia, and the USA.


They had to wait until the final match of the day to play Finland but they were far too strong as they registered a 67-40 victory. 

 

Canadian coach Kevin Orr has been pleased with the effort of his players so far.


We like the way things are going and we like flying under the radar. We wanted to work on our lineups and practice some things that are going to help us throughout the tournament like using our bench to manage ourselves through the week, he said.


Japan continued their winning ways with a hard fought 54-45 win over New Zealand, much to the delight of star player Yukinobu Ike.


One of our goals is for sure to make the semifinals so it's a good feeling to achieve that goal. Game by game we are improving and with this win we kept that going, Ike said


France may not be on contention for the medals but they created some history by achieving their first win at an IWRF World Championship event, defeating Germany 46-44.


Pablo Neuman could not hide his jubilation at the end of the match.


It's our first time here and our first win. We haven't beaten Germany since 2011 which is a great achievement for us. When we get 2 or 3 points behind we have found it difficult to come back but we made it today which is a huge step for us, Neuman said.

 

Another big day is in store tomorrow with a further seven games to be played, headlining will be an enticing clash between the closely matched Canada and Great Britain.


Matches as per usual will be streamed from the World Championship website  and IWRF.com


Also don’t forget to check out all of the photos from throughout the week on Flickr.