A ten player strong team from the Wellington Floorball Club recently competed in the 2010 Australian Floorball Open in Wollongong, NSW. The team was the first ever New Zealand team to compete in an overseas tournament and was the only non Australian team at the tournament, adding a lot of international flavour to the event.
The tournament was held over four days, with the best teams from all over Australia competing for the Australian Floorball championship. The Wellington team was placed in a group with four other teams and started the tournament with a convincing win in the very first game, beating the team from Canberra 5:1. The next two group games were against strong teams from Bondi Raptors and Glebe FC and ended with 6:2 and 11:1 losses.
The final group game was against the local team from Wollongong and was going to decide who was going to take third spot in this group. Wollongong got off to a good start and managed to get 2:0 in front. Wellington got a goal back and was pushing for the equaliser for a very long time. Still at 2:1, Wellington replaced the goalie with an additional field player for the last 35 seconds but unfortunately this didn't pay off and Wollongong scored another goal, securing the win.
Wellington finished the group stage in fourth place and this meant a quarter final game against the top placed team from the second group. In a tough game Wellington was clearly beaten by the team from StoryBridge that eventually finished second overall, the final score was 13:0.
The final game was a placement game against Redbacks from Perth. The two teams were fairly even, but the Redbacks were able to convert their chances and play very effectively, winning the game 4:0 in the end. This meant that Wellington Storm finished 8th out of 11 teams, and everyone was very pleased with this achievement.
The men's final was played between Story Bridge and Glebe FC, with the latter team winning the tight game by 4:2. Bondi Raptors took third place, so Wellington played all the top team and gained a lot of experience.