As in previous games the Swiss relied on their height advantage and long ball tactics while the Irish utilised the speed of Moylan and Dineen. Both teams traded points in the first 2 quarters with Ireland up by one at the end of the first and second quarters. In the third the Swiss kicked up a gear and started to force time outs and turnovers out of the Irish and gained a 3 point lead in a matter of minutes and started to look to have the one foot on the plane to Finland. Time for some words of inspiration for coach McLindon. A quick change in pressing tactics immediately swung momentum back in favour of the boys in green and the Swiss immediately started to concede turnovers under the now eminence pressure of the Irish which left the Irish seeing out the third quarter back in the lead by one point.
More of the same in the fourth and final quarter seen Ireland triumph ofer Switzerland for the first time ever and in doing so book their place in the European A Finals in Finland in September.
The final score, 50-42. Today was a good day. Ireland will now face France in the final tomorrow (Saturday) at 3pm local time (2pm Irish time)
For a great round up review of all the action on day 3 of competition checkout the following blog http://www.iwrf.com/?page=iwrf_news&id=402
The schedule of games for the Knockout Stages is as follows:
Friday 17 April Gold Medal Match
Game.5 (Final) 15.00 (14.00 Irish Time) Ireland v France LIVESTREAM
All games will be broadcast live on the Internet at the following link: IWRF ECWR Division B Championships Livestream. For up to date results and more information on other games and on the overall European Championships visit http://www.ecwrb.com. For all the latest updates on the Irish Teams progress check us out on www.IrishWheelchairRugby.com or at www.facebook.com/IrishWheelchairRugby.
For Further Information contact Irish Wheelchair Rugby Team Manager Stuart McLindon on firstname.lastname@example.org.