IBSA Goalball Asia/Pacific – Too close to call
Date: November 14, 2013
Many matches on day two of the 2013 IBSA Goalball Asia/Pacific Championships showed that it is too hard to predict who will take the titles on finals day.
Only one match on the mens side was close on day two. This was the match between London 2012 Paralympic quarter finalists Iran and China. Iran sneaked past the host team 5-4.
Australia continued their good form with a solid win over Thailand 13-7.
After this the Thai also had to face the surprise of the tournament, Japan. They also won comprehensively against the Thai team 11-1.
The win against China was not the only win for the Iranians; they also defeated Mongolia 10-0.
Matches on the women’s side are a lot closer and based on current results it is too difficult to pick who will win the title let alone even be in the final.
In a match that saw quite a few goals fall, Japan moved past Iran 5-3.
The second women’s game of the day was between Australia and China. This resulted in another draw for the tournament. Both teams finished with a goal apiece.
After this Australia took on Iran again. Once again the Aussies couldn’t get up against the Iranians. They lost this match by one goal, 3-4.
The final female match was part two of China versus Japan. Like day one’s match, nothing could get past these two teams and it once again ended in a 0 all draw.
Day three sees us coming to the end of the round robin stage for the women and nearing the end for the men.
One of the feature matches will be that between the Australian and Chinese men. Both of these nations have been strong throughout the tournament so far. In a tough day for the Aussies, they will also have to play the Iranians on day three.
China will also be part of another top match for the day. Japan against China should be a close game. The question is, will this match have a winner unlike the matches between their female counterparts.
At the other end of the scale, Mongolia and Thailand will attempt to have their first win of the tournament when they play each other.
The women’s tournament will continue to evolve as the four nations fight to avoid the final place on the table and to secure a finals place. In day three action, Japan will take on Australia, Iran takes on China. After lunch China will play Australia and Japan plays Iran.
Australia 13 Thailand 7
China 4 Iran 5
Thailand 1 Japan 11
Iran 10 Mongolia 0
Japan 5 Iran 3
Australia 1 China 1
Australia 3 Iran 4
Japan 0 China 0