Josh Court and Paul Burnett have had a day to remember in their first world tour together leading an all Aussie assualt through to tomorrow’s round of 16 at Sydney’s Manly Beach.
Court returning from a back injury and Burnett in his first ever World Tour are just getting better with each match together.
“Pauly and I are just enjoying ourselves at the moment it’s our first world tour together and Pauly’s first world tour full stop so we are just having fun.” Said Court.
Top seeds Chris McHugh and Damien Schumann continue rebuilding back to top form winning both of their pool matches in straight sets.
While 21 year old Zac Schubert and Cole Durant had a mixed day beating China first up but then losing to the USA in 3 sets.
Schubert said it was a tough day “We’ve been so used to winning lately and riding that high so not performing at my best today is tough to take but something I’ll learn from.”
“Sport is all about highs and lows I don’t know where else I’d get the feeling you get from winning at the top level, maybe a good harvest on the farm ?” joked Schubert.
Youngsters Marcus Ferguson/Maximilian Guehrer scraped through as a lucky loser by just a point but have drawn fellow Aussies and number one seeds McHugh/Schumann first up tomorrow.
Women’s qualification was also on today with seven different countries completing tomorrow’s main draw.
Unfortunately none of the four Australian teams made it through, but for head women’s coach Simon Naismith it’s not a concern “We just want to expose our young teams to the experience of international competition and that experience they got today will be invaluable going forward.”
There will be no shortage of Australian interest in the women’s main draw tomorrow when Taliqua Clancy reunites with Mariafe Artacho del Solar after missing last weekend’s NSW open with a toe injury.
The pair were unbeatable prior to that and the hottest pair in Women’s beach volleyball winning 3 straight gold medals including a world tour event in China.
Veteran triple Olympian Louise Bawden, Clancy’s Rio Olympics partner, is also returning from injury and is determined to fight her way back into top contention for Commonwealth Games selection.
There are plenty of reasons to get to Manly Beach tomorrow and the weekend as the action really heats up.