Pararoos off to perfect start in IR Iran

The Pararoos’ 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship campaign commenced in convincing fashion on Saturday with Kai Lammert’s charges claiming an 11-0 win over Korea Republic at the Kish Island Olympic Stadium in IR Iran. 

Needing to finish in the top two of the competition to advance to the 2019 IFCPF World Championship in Spain next year, Australia’s qualifying efforts couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. 

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Experienced Pararoo Ben Roche starred in the contest netting five goals, while Connor Marsh fired home a hat-trick. 

Young Pararoo Taj Lynch - who recently completed his HSC - scored his first goal for his country, while Alessandro La Verghetta also found the back of the net.

There was also a goal on debut for West Australian Brad Scott. 

After a rest day on Sunday, the Pararoos will take on Thailand in their second game of the tournament on Monday. 

On Wednesday, 28 November Lammert’s side will take on Jordan, before concluding their campaign against regional heavyweights and hosts IR Iran the next day.

“I am very happy with our performance today," a delighted Lammert said afterwards.

"It took a while to get in to the game, but once we settled we looked very good in possession and always dangerous in front of goal.


“It was good that the boys didn’t stop and that we played the game at our pace.

“I believe the whole team performed really well and I was very pleased that my strikers found the back of the net.

“Congratulations to Brad Scott who scored on debut. We are all looking forward to our next game against Thailand.”

The five participating nations will compete in a single round robin, with the team that finishes on top of the pool to be crowned Champions. The winner and runner-up of the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship will also secure qualification for the 2019 IFCPF World Championship in Seville, Spain, to be held next July.

The Pararoos’ matches at the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship will be streamed live via

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Pararoos Squad for the 2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship – November 2018 – Kish Island, IR Iran

Name (State)

International Caps (Goals)


58 (4)


85 (69)

Christopher BARTY (WA)

29 (0)


2 (0)


3 (0)

Matthew HEARNE (VIC)

11 (0)

Alessandro LA VERGHETTA (WA)

3 (0)


2 (0)


3 (0)

Connor MARSH (NSW)

24 (1)

Augustine MURPHY (NSW)

2 (0)

Christopher PYNE (NSW)

92 (20)

Benjamin ROCHE (NSW)

40 (14)

Bradley SCOTT (WA)

0 (0)

2018 IFCPF Asia-Oceania Championship
Date: 22-30 November 2018
Location: Kish Island, IR Iran

Pararoos Match Schedule

Game 1
Australia v Korea Republic
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Kick-off: 3pm (local); 10.30pm (AEDT)
Result: Australia 11 – 0 Korea Republic

Game 2
Thailand v Australia
Monday, 26 November 2018
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 11.30pm (AEDT)
Live stream:

Game 3
Australia v Jordan
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Kick-off: 4pm (local); 11.30pm (AEDT)
Live stream:

Game 4
IR Iran v Australia
Thursday, 29 November 2018
Kick-off: 6pm (local); 1.30am – Friday, 30 November 2018 (AEDT)
Live stream:

2019 IFCPF World Cup
 4-20 July 2019
Location: Seville, Spain