Competing in the Fistball World Championships for the first time in their very short history, the ‘Fisting Wombats’ performed admirably to finish 13th of 14 teams in the final rankings.
Not only did the Aussies compete for the first time, but they also recorded their first ever international fistball tournament win. In fact, they recorded three of them! Although admittedly all against the same team – fellow tournament virgins South Africa. Despite these historic wins, the Aussies were a little disappointed to not pinch a win off Asian Championship rivals Pakistan, after challenging them hard in both their matchups. Sadly, their other Asian Championship rivals India withdrew from the tournament and did not attend. In other matchips, they recorded two hard-fought losses against Colombia, and comprehensive beatings at the hands (and fists) of fistball veterans Brazil and Namibia.
At the other end of the rankings, an irresistible German team once again took home the trophy after a dominant campaign in which they did not lose a single set. The Swiss came second, and the Austrians came third, led by Australia-favourite Klemens ‘Fistols’ Kronsteiner.
More photos, stories and a Tour Diary to come!
(*credit to Faustball-Bilder for the header photo)