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WFCQ 2016 AOFC: Day 1 – 02.02.2016

A new chapter in floorball history began today with Thailand hosting their first ever IFF event. Floorball Thailand, with the support of Thailand Hockey Association has developed greatly in the last few years, even the last few months and their first match today showed that.

Thailand met Korea in the opening match of the 2016 WFC Qualification events and surprised their opponents with a goal in the first minute. They dominated the first period with Pawat Thaidit and Alexander Rinefalk leading the attack to lead 3-0 at the first break. Korea composed themselves and used the advantage of a powerplay to open their scoring within seconds of the second period beginning. They continued to work themselves into the game, bringing the score to within 1 goal after 32 minutes.

Thailand were under pressure as the momentum clearly moved in Korea´s favour, but they steadied and still held a 3 goal lead at the final break. The last period was even and very physical. Thailand took the victory, pleasing the home crowd with the final score of 9-6.

Best Players
Korea: Yang Woo Kim
Thailand: Pawat Thaidit

In other matches, Australia defeated Malaysia 7-1 and Singapore beat New Zealand 9-4.

Australia looked comfortable throughout their match, controlling much of the ball possession and being the stronger team in attack. The amount of possession they had should have been converted into more on the scoreboard, but their tactics of choosing to pass more than shoot reduced their scoring chances, as did the disciplined defence of Malaysia.

Best Players: Gavin Staindl (AUS) & Kao Lin Ken (MAS)

Singapore, one of the favourites to qualify from the AOFC group, started very strongly against New Zealand, getting out to a 3-0 lead after 8 minutes, but penalties cost them, letting New Zealand back into the game early on. Singapore managed to get their game back on track, but penalties for both teams dominated the game. A total of 13 penalties meant that a large part of the game was played in 5v4 or 4v4 situations. Although New Zealand remained competitive throughout the match, Singapore proved the stronger team.

Best Players:  Matthew Bertschinger (NZL) & Jenmark Sorreda (SIN)

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