IBSA Goalball Asia/Pacific Final day review
Date: November 18, 2013
While nearly nothing could separate the women on the final day of the 2013 IBSA Goalball Asia/Pacific Championships, the men’s matches were very clear cut.
Finals were on the schedule on the last day of competition at the 2013 IBSA Goalball Asia/Pacific Championships. This included the mens bronze and gold medal game as well as the women’s gold medal match. The women’s bronze medal had been decided already on day four and it was awarded to Iran.
China and Australia both had a disappointing day on day 4 when they both lost their semifinal by one goal in low scoring matches. China, however, were able to put this behind them by totally overpowering the Australian team in the bronze medal match. China won this 10-1.
Iran was just as convincing in their gold medal match against Japan. Iran won this 14-4 with just under two minutes remaining on the clock.
Speaking prior to the tournament, Mohammad bedgoli, Head coach of the Iranian men’s team said that they were just hoping for a good tournament:
“We are looking forward to good competitions, good games and having good time in Beijing.”
Qualifying for the 2014 IBSA Goalball World championships was a priority for this tournament for them but not the main priority:
“Qualifying for the world championships is important to all participating nations and we too. Of course, fair play is more important than anything else to us” Said bedgoli.
The team had regular training camps to achieve the goal of qualifying for the World Championships bedgoli explained:
“We have had seven training camps to get prepared for the games and we have worked hard to win the world championships quota.”
The women’s final was a totally different state of affairs from the men’s matches.
The match was another chapter in the saga that is Japan and China. Once again nothing could separate these teams but this time a winner was necessary. After full time and over time the scores were still locked at 0-0 so the match went down to penalties. China’s defense skills Shon through as they saved all their penalties and were able to get past the Japanese three times. This resulted in a final score line of 3-0.
Bronze Medal: China 10 Australia 1
Gold medal: Iran 14 Japan 4
Gold medal: China 3 Japan 0