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NZ were off to a flying start with two goals in the first period, however Japan turned up the heat with a flurry of goals in the second. The NZ boys fought hard, and had us on the edge of our seats, unfortunately they couldn't find the back of the net again. Congratulations to James Matheson and Bradley Sommerville on scoring their first international goals! Final score New Zealand 2 - Japan 7
Best player for NZ was awarded to Matthew Bertschinger. View a post match interview with Matthew, see the highlights, IFF match stats, match report, photos or watch the full game, if you missed it!
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After the game the NZ and Japan teams spent some time together and there was great comradery between them. It was the beginning of some good friendships and no doubt players from both teams will meet again at future tournaments.
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Yumiko has been the NZ support person during the tournament and has been doing an amazing job of looking after the NZ team. Yumiko’s brother, Daiya, plays in the Japan U19 team! It’s great to see the floorball family is as strong in Japan, as it is back here in NZ, with everyone getting involved and helping out. Thank you Yumiko!
Earlier in the day Australia defeated Iran 15-0. See the match highlights or match stats for more info.
NZ's final game of the tournament is tomorrow (Tuesday 20th) at 16:00 NZST against Iran, you can watch the live stream on IFF YouTube Channel 1 here
The results from todays games mean that both Australia and Japan have now qualified for the 9th Men's U19 World Floorball Championships in Växjö, Sweden in May 2017.
In the closing game of the tournament Japan faces Australia at 19:00 NZST (live stream) which will be an exciting match up. These two teams last met at the 2015 Men's U19 World Floorball Championships, where Australia won 9-6.
Check out the NZ Men’s U19 team page for more information and results.
You can also follow Floorball NZ on facebook, for updates on the go!
Photo Credit - IFF Flickr