So we lost the final to Canada, but as a positive we are the second best team in the world (Silver medals are nice and shiny!)
Everyone is super happy with how it finished up. Canada were the best team there and deserve to be world champions. It was a pretty spectacular experience. Massive crowd, live coverage all over the world, a World Championship final!
We went out and celebrated at an all you can eat meat restuarant where you have a burner in the middle of the table and you cook your own meat. It was dericious. We followed that up with Karaoke. It was a good night with many funny moments.
As a whole, Australia probably under performed at WUGC2012. The Dingos (the men’s team) finished 7th, although they very nearly beat the USA (16-17) who were undefeated for the tournament. It’s easy to say that the Dingos are better than 7th, but as happens all too often, they lost the game they needed to win. Sometimes that’s just how it goes. The Firetails (women) had a large round robin (11 teams) which then went straight to semis. They were beaten by 4 teams (USA, Canada, Japan & Columbia) which put them out of the running. Unfortunately their campaign will be remembered for the controversial match against Columbia, which was not the greatest example of Spirit Of The Game. For me, the game highlighted the real need for each player to know the rules inside and out. It was this that spiralled the game out of control. The Wombats (Men’s Masters) took home Silver and the Flying Foxes (Women’s Masters) finished 4th.
We performed well enough overall to once again qualify for the World Games tournament which is happening in Columbia next year. The top 5 countries from this tournament were Canada, USA, Japan, Great Britain & of course us. Columbia will also compete as the host country.
I will write another post in the next few days about Japan and it’s non-frisbee related things.