IBSA Goalball Asia/Pacific – Finalists and qualifiers known
Date: November 16, 2013
Day four of competition at the 2013 IBSA Goalball Asia/Pacific Championships was a day of fantastic games as teams fought for places into the finals as well as qualification for the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships.
The day begun with the conclusion of the round robin.
The first match of the day was between Australia and Japan. This game started out very close. Australia scored the first goal three minutes into the match. After this Japan picked up their game and scored three times before the half was over. During the first minute of the second half Japan doubled their number of goals. Australia made an own goal and then Japan scored twice in 22 seconds. Following this Japan scored four more goals over the next ten minutes. They scored once again with 30 seconds remaining and their final goal was scored on the end buzzer handing them a 12-2 victory.
Next up was Iran against Thailand. Iran scored their first goal after the first minute and then scored six more goals each minute and by seven minutes into the game it was already 7-0. Then there was a scoring feast by both teams. Both teams scored twice within the space of a minute to make it 9-2. By this point the match was clearly for the Iranians who ended up winning 14-4.
The final mens match was the derby between China and Mongolia. China was way too strong and the match finished half way through the first half with the score 10-0 showing on the scoreboard.
The day concluded with the men’s semi-finals. Both of these matches were very exciting and ended with the same score line, 3-2. All four teams defended really well as they felt this was the way to win the match and that hard sorted for qualification spot for the World Championships.
The first semi-final was between the silver medalists from the 2010 World Championships, China, and the bronze medalists from the same tournament, Iran. Iran defeated the host nation and will once again go to the World championships.
The other semi-final was a rematch from the first match of the day. This was a heap closer though. In the end Japan won again but by the narrow margin of only one goal.
Three goals to two seemed to the score line of the day because this was also the result in the women’s semi-final between Japan and Iran. Japan won this match setting up another final between Japan and China. Despite the loss Iran was happy to win the bronze medal and qualify for the IBSA Goalball World Championships.
The final day of competition has three matches on the schedule. The men’s bronze medal between Australia and China as well as the gold medal matches between China and Japan on the women’s side and Iran and Japan on the men’s.
Men Round Robin
Australia 2 Japan 12
Thailand 4 Iran 14
Mongolia 0 China 10
China 2 Iran 3
Japan 3 Australia 2
Japan 3 Iran 2