New Zealand has bowed out in the quarter final stage of the WDBF 2018 World Championships, in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Heading into the quarter final stage, having beaten Italy and Argentina and causing an upset over Hong Kong, the Dodgeblacks made great strides and looked to be growing as a team throughout the tournament.
The Dodgeblacks were impressive early on in the knock out match, taking a 2-0 lead early in the first half. However, a fantastic catch from the experienced Australian middle altered the momentum of the match. From then on it was all Australia, who took a 3-2 lead into the half. New Zealand looked like they were going to fire a counter punch in the second spell, though the intensity of a tough tournament took its toll and they were unable to push on for the win.
“Although we are disappointed to lose to Australia in the quarter final, I think we can be proud of our overall performance across the three days,” Captain Donavon Hutton said.
“We have a large number of individuals who were playing at this level for the first time and to be able to gain experience against quality international sides in what was a fantastic celebration of Dodgeball, was really encouraging for this New Zealand team.”
New Zealand finished 6th at the end of the round robin stages, and were eliminated by Australia in the quarter final. The tournament was eventually won by Malaysia, who defeated hosts, USA, in the Final.