Looking through the results of the day, there were few surprises. Perhaps the biggest surprise was Australia’s complete dominance over China. The Australians came out firing and took a 6-0 lead after 16 minutes of play. The Chinese held around that difference until half time. After the break, the Australians again dominated, adding 8 goals to 3 over 20 minutes to secure the match, running out winners 22-11.
Multiple missed Free Passes and Penalties cost the Chinese team dearly.
India struggled to compete against Chinese Taipei and became frustrated resulting in multiple Yellow cards against the team. They succumbed 17-38, a result that disappointed everyone following the tournament and hoping that the Indians might be a growing power in the region.
It will now be interesting to see how the Australian team performs against the Tournament favourites on Thursday night. If they can contain the Taiwanese attack and shoot accurately, they could secure a handy goal difference that might be the difference between a 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th final for the home side depending on the Indian team’s performance against Hong Kong and China on the final 2 Round Robin days of the tournament.
The final match of Tuesday was a battle to get off the bottom place between New Zealand and Malaysia. Both teams had played earlier in the day and had suffered big defeats.
The Malaysians appeared to have the ascendency in the first half, up by 3 goals at Half Time 10-7, but perhaps lack of fitness showed as New Zealand piled on the goals in the second half to draw level with 8 minutes remaining and then hold the Malay’s scoreless while adding another 3 goals for the remainder to win 16-13.
Wednesday is a rest day for the Tournament. Disappointingly for the visiting teams, the weather is a bit dreary in Adelaide (Tuesday was the coldest day in the past 3 years, reaching a maximum of only 11.4 degrees, and today is not much warmer, currently 10.3 degrees with an expected high of 12!).