UPDATE: Singapore defeated Australia 4-3 on Sunday to finish third in the Men’s World Floorball Championship Qualification-Asia Oceania Floorball Championship.
SINGAPORE — Needing a victory to confirm their fourth straight qualification for the Men's World Floorball Championship (WFC), Singapore's national team did just that at the OCBC Arena on Friday (3 May).
A 6-3 win over South Korea in the WFC Asia-Oceania qualifiers allowed the hosts to finished second in Group H, earning their ticket to the WFC, to be held in Switzerland from 5 to 13 November. The top two nations in each of the two Asia-Oceania groups qualify for the prestigious championship.
In Saturday's Asia Oceania Floorball Championship final - held concurrently with the WFC qualifiers - Thailand emerged champions after defeating the Philippines 6-4. Meanwhile, Singapore faced Australia in the third-placing match, and came back from 1-3 down to clinch a thrilling 4-3 victory.
For Singapore's floorballers, they have had to respond after a tough 1-9 defeat by Thailand on Thursday. Against the Koreans, the match was tied at 2-2 in the first period, before Singapore raised the tempo in the second to score three goals without reply and take control of the match at 5-2.
Amid Singapore's joy at qualifying for the WFC, Player of the Match Nicholas Chua praised his teammates for coming back strong following the loss to Thailand.
“We managed to recalibrate our mindset, focus on today's game and played together as a team, and eventually qualify for the WFC from there," he said.
"We played well, we stayed in control, and remained calm and stable. But the celebration only comes tomorrow, there's still another game tomorrow that we need to focus on, and that's still a pretty important game for us – we still want to finish third and not fourth in Asia.”
Singapore had begun the qualifiers with two victories - beating Malaysia 8-2 on Tuesday and New Zealand 4-0 a day later - before the Thai defeat.
Besides Switzerland and defending champions Sweden, the other teams who have qualified for the WFC are Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Finland and Denmark.
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