After their 16 point loss to France yesterday the "Wheels in Green" were out back in action today in Prague, this time against the superbly tactical Swiss. With the final remaining place for the European A Finals up for grabs this was a do or die game for both sides and had all the makings of an excellent match and it certainly didn't disappoint. The well drilled precision and big game experience of the Swiss vs the speed, youth and never say die drive of the Irish, still scared by the memory of Gormanstown two years ago, was evident from the start.
Match day 4 seen the final pool match take place in a very hot Sports Centre Třebešín. With a place in the semi finals for both teams already guaranteed this match would decide who would top Group A. With the French ranked 9th in the world, 13 places above Ireland, they were the favourite to take the victory but this is a very different Irish side to the one that crashed out of the European Qualifiers 2 years ago in Gormanstown.
Ireland took the game to Austria from the tip off, pushing them into a number of errors within the first few minutes and finished the first quarter with a commanding 7-point lead. The Irish High-Low Line Up took charge of the game with great speed and power shown by Alan Dineen and Thomas Moylan. Captain, Alan Lynch, led from the beginning with great communication and pushed his side to extend the lead throughout the second quarter.
The Irish Wheelchair Rugby Team played their opening game of the 2015 IWRF European Division B Championships against Italy. After taking an early lead Ireland went on to dominate and exact revenge for their defeat to the Italians in the 2013 European Qualifiers. Ireland's High Low Line had a great opportunity to gel on court with some great work between Thomas Moylan and Alan Dineen.
Following a brief Opening Ceremony with welcomes by the Czech Ministry of Youth, Sport & Culture and Jen Sauerbier, IWRF Athletes Representative the first game against home team, Czech Republic and rivals Poland got underway.
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