The final day saw some excellent Korfball played.
In the first match of the day, Korea were able to overcome Macau to take 7th place.
Malaysia made an interesting strategic move, starting some of their top players on the bench against New Zealand and in the end it seemed a good decision with those fresh players coming on to rout the Kouru’s, scoring 12-6 in the second half, to take the lead and 5th place.
In the 3rd/4th match, Hong Kong were favourites, but China showed us a glimpse of the future (?) taking a lead early on, before conceding it for a few minutes in the second half only to surge and take it back and hold off the Hong Kong team to win 3rd Place in this tournament.
In the Final, Chinese Taipei stormed away to an 8-1 lead in the first 5 minutes, after which the scoring pattern evened out somewhat, Australia going into Half Time with a 10 goal deficit 23-13.
With 15 minutes remaining in the match and scores 30-16, the tone of the match changed. Fresh players entered the contest and the scoring rate increased markedly. 25 goals were scored in the period, Chinese Taipei taking the win 45-27.
Overall this has been an impressive tournament for Australia. Scoring 27 goals against one of the world’s best teams in a Tournament Final is very encouraging, no matter the losing margin, no player wants to concede goals to an opponent.
The team also showed excellent spirit and resilience in their challenging Pool and Crossover matches against China and Hong Kong.
The performance of China is encouraging for the region and the sport, whilst also being a little bit scary! The Chinese will continue to improve and we wont see them again until November 2015 at the World Championships in Belgium.