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Ben on Worlds

Posted by devo on November 15, 2009

Aussie Ben Hardy has previewed the 2010 World Championships on his blog:

AUS will be playing Russia, Puerto Rico and Camaroon in the first round. What can we expect? Well, the World Championships are a long way away … and a lot of things can change between now and then. Our Australian team can do a lot of growing in this time with some of our players having a lot of responsibility in their club teams. … Shane Alexander … Paul Carroll, Nathan Roberts (and) Igor Yudin … the experience these guys in particular (plus the other guys based overseas) will gain this year will in turn be great for the Australian team.

Our first game in the World Champs is to be Puerto Rico. Yes we have had success the last time we played in the World Cup against them however they are a very dangerous and good team. Also the core of this team has been together for a number of years now making them a tight unit. They will be good and this will be our most important game.

Our 2nd match will be againt Russia. This will be a tough game; even if we have had some good games against them in the past, winning will be unexpected and a huge event in itself.

Third we have Camaroon who I know very little about. … We will, however, have a lot of time to get some data on them …

… it’s a good draw for us. In the past we have not had the best draw, but it seems we have a good chance to get out of the first round and make history.

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