A wonderful day for Australia's beach volleyball teams with both the men and women comfortably through their quarterfinal matches today.
Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar steam rolled yet another opponent this time it was Rwanda who was skittled by the Aussie pair 21-9, 21-8.
Australia's dominance so far in this tournament showed no signs of wavering against Rwanda who could do little to stop the momentum that’s currently with this impressive green and gold duo.
The Aussie women admitting afterwards they are determined to protect their home court at all costs.
“We are really getting used to the centre court now and we are making it our court so we are really enjoying it.” Said Clancy
“The energy out there is amazing it is such a special feeling to play on our home sand in front of family and friends.” Said Artacho del Solar.
The Aussie women will play their semi final at 8.30pm Wednesday night against sentimental favourites Vanuatu.
Australia’s men Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann were equally impressive in the quarter final against Sierra Leone winning in straight sets 21-12, 21-14.
The continued improvement and consistency has been the most pleasing aspect for McHugh and Schumann.
“It’s a really cool experience playing here on centre court. Damo and I are getting better each match. We were a lot more consistent in that match than we’ve been in all the pool games. We are on the right trajectory. We want to keep improving every game we play." said McHugh.
Next up for the Aussie boys is the old enemy England for the right to play in the Gold medal match on Thursday.
“Maybe we can burn a ball and find an urn and start our own beach volleyball ashes” said Schumann.
“It’ll be interesting, Chris and I haven’t played them before so we will do some video on them and see what we need to do but they’re in the same boat as us so we will just get out there and continue to do what we’ve been doing and hopefully that’ll get us through.”
The mens semi final will be on centre court at 4pm.
Photo credit: Michael Wilson