Australia’s Pararoos are preparing for a tough hit-out against Canada in their first game on home soil in 19 years at Cromer Park on Saturday.
The Pararoos have recent history with Canada, who they beat 4-2 at the 2019 IFCPF World Cup in Sevilla, Spain earlier this year to secure an 11th-place finish in the competition.
The Pararoos reconvene for their first game since their win over Canada at the 2019 IFCPF World Cup, where they also enjoyed wins over Thailand and Spain but lost to Ukraine, Argentina and Germany.
Pararoos coach Kai Lammert’s 14-player squad for the friendly match against Canada includes Timothy Blowes and Jeremy Boyce; two young talents in line to receive their first caps for the national side.
On the other end of the scale, Pararoos captain David Barber will mark the occasion with his 100th appearance for the Pararoos in what will be a proud individual achievement for Barber at Cromer Park on Saturday night.
Australia currently sit one place above Canada as the 10th best team in the world rankings, and will be eager to continue their ascendancy over the North American side with a win in what will be a special occasion for the visiting side who play their 100th game as a national team on Saturday night.
Canada boast a relatively new-look squad headlined by Samuel Charron who comes into the game high on confidence after winning the 2019 IFCPF World Cup Player of the Tournament.
Joining Charron in Canada’s 12-player squad are the recalled Sam Denton, Benjamin Mowat, Joe Resendes and Cory Stashewsky who didn’t feature in the World Cup.
With competitive games and qualification for international tournaments to come in the new year, the Pararoos will be gunning for a positive result against Canada to set them off on the right foot for their journey into 2020 and beyond.
Pararoos v Canada
Date: Saturday, 30 November 2019
Venue: Cromer Park (South Creek Road, Cromer, NSW)
Kick-off: 5.30pm AEDT
Tickets: Tickets on sale now via pararoos.com.au (100 per cent of ticket sales invested back into the Pararoos)
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