Australia dominates International Invitational Challenge

Less than 12 months after claiming the lion’s share of titles at the 2018 Tag World Cup, Australia has continued it’s dominance of the international Oztag scene with an impressive performance at the International Invitational Challenge in Sydney.

The green and gold claimed 17 of the 18 divisions when the event was eventually run after being initially postponed due to wet weather earlier this year.

Pacific Islands ensured the home nation didn’t claim a clean sweep, winning the Mixed Seniors division.

While the Australian’s finished the day strongly, they didn’t have things all their own way at Heffron Park in Maroubra.

Lebanon defeated Australia 5-4 in the Men’s 30s earlier in the day before the Australians struck back in the final match.

In the Men’s 18s, an Australian U17s development side also upset the Australian U18s side in the pool rounds.

While the Australian team missed out on claiming the title in the Mixed Seniors division after falling to a Penrith representative side 6-3 and drawing to the Pacific Islands.

International sides will now turn one eye towards the 2021 Tag World Cup, which heads to the Northern Hemisphere for the very first time and will be held in Limerick in Ireland in August 2021.

International Invitational Challenge

Men’s 16

1st – Australia

2nd – South East Orcas

Men’s 18

1st – Australia

2nd – Australian 17s

Men’s 21

1st – Australia

2nd – Lebanon

Men’s 30

1st – Australia

2nd – Lebanon

Men’s 35

1st – Australia

2nd – Lebanon

Men’s 40

1st – Australia

2nd – Lebanon

Men’s 45

1st – Australia

2nd – Australian Indigenous

Men’s 50

1st – Australia

2nd – Pacific Islands

Men’s 55s

1st – Australia

2nd – Greece

Men’s Open

1st – Australia

2nd – Lebanon

Mixed 21s

1st – Australia

2nd – Lebanon

Mixed Open

1st – Australia

2nd – Greece

Mixed Seniors

1st – Pacific Islands

2nd – Penrith

Women’s 16

1st – Australia

2nd – Lebanon

Women’s 21

1st – Australia

2nd – Australia 17s & 18s

Women’s Open

1st – Australia

2nd – China

Women’s Seniors

1st – Australia

2nd – Pacific Islands

Women’s Masters

1st – Australia

2nd – Pacific Islands