Day two wrap up - Youth Touch World Cup
It was a electrifying start to the day, with a five all draw between Australia and New Zealand in the Boys 20s, their first match against each other this tournament. “It was a great game,” says Australian Men’s Opens coach Tony Trad. “Australia came from three touchdowns behind in the second half to come away with a thrilling five all draw.
“I think both teams will walk away from that kind of feeling each other out, it’s the first time they played each other so I think they would have kept a few cards close to their chest.
“The rest of the day for the 20s Boys was very successful, it was really about managing themselves and playing people from other countries, enjoying the experience and staying healthy and hydrated.”
Women’s Opens coach Swain Rovelli says the 20s Girls also had a successful day. “They played the same teams they played yesterday, with similar results, similar victories against South Africa and Singapore as yesterday.
“New Zealand tested them in the last game for probably about the first 10-15 minutes, but once we fixed a couple of little things, they kicked away again, and same thing, they’re under control, recoveries are good, focus is good.
And the 20s Mixed teams – Trad says they’re looking as good a Mixed team as he’s seen for a long time. “They have a terrific culture, they’re really great to be around, and that’s going onto the field,” he says. “They’re not playing the stop-start game that we sometimes see in Mixed. They’re playing flow football, and that’s really entertaining, that’s a terrific brand of touch. So I’m really enjoying watching the 20s Mixed.
“The Boys 18s are looking very good too,” adds Trad. “They played NZ this afternoon in the final game and won 12-3. They’ve had a few injury concerns, which is always a problem, but I think the coaching staff are doing a great job managing their fatigue levels.
“They had a really terrific game and a dominant win against New Zealand yesterday, so hopefully they can repeat that today. But they’re looking really good, they’re hydrating well. They played South Africa, had a tough game against them, hung in there well and then went away with it at the end. So we’re really happy with how our 18s Boys kids have gone their first time playing for Australia. It’s been very, very impressive.”
Rovelli says the 18s Girls kicked into gear after an initial “settling in period” against New Zelaand. “They got on top and ran away with a good win, 10-3. After that, an easy win against Malaysia, an easy win against the United States. Everything’s going really well, there’s positivity, recovery’s really important to them and they’re doing a better job of that than yesterday. So we’re really happy with that.”
Trad says the 18s Mixed has been just as entertaining as the 20s Mixed. “It’s been terrific, because last year we put a couple of coaches in Mixed who’d never really coached Mixed, and they did a terrific job winning the Trans-Tasman. We did that again this year, we kept one coach, moved him up to 18s and 20s… The Mixed has been a bit of a surprise package, to be honest. They’ve beat New Zealand twice so far, and beaten them well. They’ve got a few injury concerns, which is the only thing wrong at the moment.
“But both the Mixed teams are playing a brand of footy I haven’t seen in Mixed for a long time, it’s very entertaining.”
For scores and draws in all divisions, and to see which games are livestreamed, go to www.internationaltouch.org/events/youth-world-cup/2018