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The NZ Men's Under 19 team created history today as they are the first NZ national team to win a game at a World Floorball Championship Qualification tournament. A clean sheet and great result for the boys in their final game, NZ were in control from start to finish, passing the ball well and creating lots of opportunities. Between them, our goalies only had six shots on goal to save. This is a credit to some great defence, and the NZ team dominating possession, which left Iran with very few chances. Matthew Bertschinger scored four goals, Arnie Lowe picked up two and two assists and Tom Kibblewhite also featured heavily with a goal and four assists. Matthew, Arnie and Tom were linking particularly well in the final period of the game where they were all over the scoresheet! Bradley Sommerville put one away after he was left unmarked in front of goal and picked up an assist earlier in the game. Iran also helped us out with an unfortunate own goal that appeared to pop up off a defender, over the goalie, and into the top corner. Congratulations to Tim McKibben who scored his first international goal and then went on to score another and pick up an assist too! Final score New Zealand 11 - Iran 0
Best player for NZ was awarded to Matthew Bertschinger. View a post match interview with Matthew, see the highlights, IFF match statsmatch reportphotos or watch the full game, if you missed it!
In the final game of the tournament Australia beat Japan 7-4. See the match stats for more information.
Final tournament placings: 1. Australia, 2. Japan, 3. New Zealand, 4. Iran
Congratulations to Australia and Japan who have qualified for the 9th Men's U19 World Floorball Championships in Växjö, Sweden in May 2017.
A big thank you to the Japan Floorball Federation for hosting the WFCQ tournament, those on the ground in Japan have really enjoyed their experience and your hospitality.
Floorball NZ would also like to thank Christian Bertschinger (coach) and Anna Kibblewhite (team manager) for the countless hours they have put in for this campaign.
Check out the NZ Men’s U19 team page for full results.
Photo Credit - IFF Flickr