Australia women's national goalball team

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Australian national women's goalball team
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Competition[edit]

The women's Australian team did not have as much experience as other teams in the 1996 Paralympics. European teams had competed against each other in the lead up to the games. This gave them an advantage as they knew their opponents strengths and weaknesses.[1] The Australian women had several injuries during the Paralympics. Sarah Kennedy injured herself in training, which limited her mobility.[1] Australia lost all but one match in 1996. They lost to Spain 0–1, to Sweden 0–4, to Denmark 1–5, to Germany 0–2 and to the USA 0–3. Australia's sole victory came against Korea, where they won 2–0. Australia finished as the last team in the competition based on goals for and against as they had a record of 3–16. The 0–1 loss to Finland was considered impressive by goalball followers because Finland won a silver medal.[1]

The national team finished tenth at the 1998 International Blind Sports Association World Championships held in Madrid, Spain.[2] The Australian women's national goalball team had a top eight finish at the 2010 IBSA World Championships. The national team had not played in an international competition for two years starting around 2008 until the 2010 Championships.

Training[edit]

In 1998 and 1999, the University of Western Sydney's Macarthur Department of Sport Studies was active in helping the team develop and implement a training program. This training was implemented around Geoff Pearce and Oatsy Tremayne's book "Psychological and Physical Training Programs of Goalballers."[2]

Paralympic Games[edit]

2000[edit]

Australia represented by:
Penny Bennett, Kerrie-ann King, Jo Ruba, Robyn Stephens Coaches - Terry Kenaghan (Head)
The women’s team finished eighth. [3][4][5]

2004[edit]

Australia did not qualify.

2008[edit]

Australia did not qualify.

2012[edit]

Australia represented by: Jennifer Blow, Meica Christensen (Captain), Tyan Taylor, Nicole Esdaile, Rachel Henderson, Michelle Rzepecki
Support staff – Administration – Peter Corr (Section Manager); Coach – Georgina Kenaghan ; Physiothyerapist – Eliza Kwan [6]

The team went into the Games ranked eighth in the world and was the first Australian goalball team to qualify for the Paralympic sport since Atlanta in 1996.[7] It competed in Group B against China, United States, Sweden, Japan and Canada. The Australian men's team did not qualify after losing the Africa Oceania Goalball Regional Championships 5–4 against Algeria.[8]

Results[edit]

Group play
Qualified for the quarterfinals
Eliminated
Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Canada 4 3 0 1 6 3 +3 9
Japan 4 2 1 1 5 3 +2 7
Sweden 4 2 1 1 11 11 0 7
United States 4 2 0 2 9 4 +5 6
Australia 4 0 0 4 7 17 −10 0
31 August 2012
09:00
v
Australia  1 – 3 Japan Copper Box, London
Referees: Hooshang Shariati (IRI), Yasser Omar (EGY)
Esdaile 1 Report Adacho 2
Komiya 1
2 September 2012
10:15
v
Australia  1 – 3 Canada Copper Box, London
Referees: Juha Vuokila (FIN), Dina Murdie (GBR)
Christensen 1 Report Kneebone 2
Morin 1
3 September 2012
18:30
v
United States  3 – 0 Australia Copper Box, London
Referees: Thomas Baerz (GER), Bulent Kimyon (TUR)
Armbruster 3 Report
4 September 2012
12:30
v
Sweden  8 – 5 Australia Copper Box, London
Referees: Hooshang Shariati (IRI), Janne Ahokas (FIN)
Gustavsson 5
Naesström 2
Jälmestål 1
Report Esdaile 3
Christensen 2

World Championships[edit]

The 1986 World Championships were held in Roermond, Holland. The team was one of ten teams participating, and they finished eighth overall.[9] The 1998 World Championships were held in Madrid, Spain. The team was one of eleven teams participating, and they finished tenth overall.[9]

Goal scoring by competition[edit]

Player Goals Competition Notes Ref
Ness Murby 7 2007 IBSA World Championships and Games [10]
Meica Christensen 4 2007 IBSA World Championships and Games [10]
Erin Conyard 1 2007 IBSA World Championships and Games [10]

Competitive history[edit]

The table below contains individual game results for the team in international matches and competitions.

Year Event Opponent Date Venue Team Team Winner Ref
2007 IBSA World Championships and Games  Ukraine 31 July Brazil 1 4  Australia [10]
2007 IBSA World Championships and Games  Brazil 1 August Brazil 8 0  Brazil [10]
2007 IBSA World Championships and Games  Spain 2 August Brazil 5 1  Spain [10]
2007 IBSA World Championships and Games  Japan 3 August Brazil 4 1  Japan [10]
2007 IBSA World Championships and Games  South Korea 4 August Brazil 9 3  Australia [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Australian Paralympic Federation 1996, p. 32.
  2. ^ a b Australian Paralympic Committee 1999, p. 22.
  3. ^ Australian Media Guide : 2000 Paralympic Games. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. 
  4. ^ Annual Report 2000. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. 
  5. ^ "Australian 2000 Paralympic Team". Pandora WSebsite. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Media Guide : London 2012 Paralympic Games. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. 
  7. ^ "Australia’s Goalball Team Returns After 12 Years". International Paralympic Committee Media Centre. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Australian Women and Algerian Men Qualify for Goalball at London 2012". International Paralympic Committee Media Centre. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Final Ranking in Paralympic Games" (in English). Madrid, Spain: International Blind Sports Association. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "IBSA World Games Brazil 2007 (Paralympic Qualifying tournament)" (in English). Madrid, Spain: International Blind Sports Association. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

Bibliography[edit]

  • Australian Paralympic Committee (September 1999). "Goalball — Women". Annual Report - 1999 (Sydney, Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee). 
  • Australian Paralympic Federation (1996). Golden days of Atlanta : Xth Paralympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, August 15–25, 1996 (Sydney). OCLC 222120061. 
  • Wake, Rebekka (September 2010). "Goalball Comeback". Australian Paralympian (Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee) 2.