The Australian men’s and women’s teams will be looking to go out on a positive on the final day of the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Welland, Canada, on Sunday.
The Australian men lost 8-2 to New Zealand and 11-4 to the Netherlands on Saturday, but can still finish as high as ninth with two more matches to come on Sunday.
“The European teams are pretty similar, they are fast and strong,” Captain Stephen Hubbard said.
“We don’t get a chance to play against this style of play, we have New Zealand and then every two years we come and we try and get our footing against these teams.
“For our team we are just trying to stay as positive and energetic as we can, see what upsets we can get.
“For us it’s good for us to get an idea where we sit, and which skills we need to work on.”
The Australian women’s team continued the good form of Friday with an impressive 6-2 win over Poland in their only match on Saturday.
The Australians played with confidence and showed a preparedness to take risks. They’ll play off for as high as 13th on Sunday.
“They were definitely a very competitive team for us to play against,” coaching staff member Siobhan Goble said.
“We are so pleased with how the girls have been playing, and each game has been getting better. They should be very proud of themselves.
“These girls came to this competition not expecting anything other than experience, and now they’ve got an opportunity to win more games.
“All of these girls, this is their first time at Worlds, so it’s a great experience for them.”
The 2018 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships continue tonight with Paddle Australia’s men fplaying Poland at 8:00 local time (22:00 AEST) first up. The women’s team will play Japan at 9:45 (23:45 AEST).
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Australian 2018 World Canoe Polo Championships Results
2018 World Canoe Polo Championships Results
Results Saturday, 4 August 2018
Women – Australia v Poland 7-2
Men – Australia v Netherlands 4-11
Men – Australia v New Zealand 2-8
Results Friday, 3 August 2018
Women – Australia v Canada 2-1
Women – Australia v China 5-2
Men – Australia v Spain 7-1
Men – Australia v France 6-1
Results Thursday, 2 August 2018
Women – Australia v Denmark 3-9
Men – Australia v Japan 6-3
Men – Australia v Iran 7-6
Results Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Women – Aus v Great Britain 0-17
Women – Aus v France 0 -17
Men – Aus v Italy 1-3
Men – Aus v Argentina 16-0
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