Ben Atkins, Brett Cross, Brett Fairhall, Pat Grant, Sam Larkings and Chris Pyne were all selected in Brown?s team.
The Australian team will be taking on England, Japan and Korea Republic in the four nation tournament. It will be the first time the Australian team has faced England since the 2007 CPISRA World Cup where England prevented Australia from qualifying for the 2008 Paralympics Games in China.
Australia’s first match is on 11 May against England at the Marrara Sporting Complex. The second match will be against Korea Republic the following day and then Japan on the Thursday. All of Australia’s games will be played at 6.30pm. Finals will be played on the Saturday (night) and Sunday (morning) to determine the Gold Medal winner.
David Barber has been named Captain for the tournament with Pyne being named Vice Captain.
Fifteen year old Jarrod Larkins-Law will be making his international debut at the tournament, whilst Atkins (17 years) and Thomas Goodman (18 years) will be appearing in their second international competition.
These players will look towards selection for the 2012 Paralympics in London.
Australian Paralympic Men’s 7-a-side Squad
2009 ARAFURA Games, Darwin
9-17 May 2009
Ben Atkins (NSW), David Barber – Captain (QLD), David Cantoni (WA), Brett Cross (NSW), Brett Fairhall (NSW), Thomas Goodman (SA), Pat Grant (NSW), Sam Larkings (NSW), Jarrod Larkins-Law (QLD), Beau Menzies (QLD), Jamie Paulsen (QLD), Chris Pyne – Vice Captain (NSW)
Coach: Paul Brown
Assistant Coach: Kai Lammert
Goalkeeping Coach; Darryl Darke
Team Manager: David Campbell
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Kylie Johnson
Physiotherapist: Edward Davidson
2009 ARAFURA Games
Paralympic Men’s Football 7-a-side (CP Football) Tournament
Official Match Schedule
Venue: Marrara Hockey Centre, Marrara Sporting Complex, Darwin
Tuesday 12 May 2009
6.30PM ENGLAND v AUSTRALIA
8.00PM KOREA v JAPAN
Wednesday 13 May 2009
6.30PM AUSTRALIA v KOREA
8.00PM JAPAN v ENGLAND
Thursday 14 May 2009
6.30PM JAPAN v AUSTRALIA
8.00PM KOREA v ENGLAND
Friday 15 May 2009
Saturday 16 May 2009
6.00PM 2ND v 3RD – (Game 2)
7.30PM 1ST v 4TH – (Game 1)
Sunday 17 May 2009
9.00AM Bronze Medal Match – LOSER Game 1 v LOSER Game 2
10.30AM Gold Medal Match – WINNER Game 1 v WINNER Game 2
For more information please visit the official ARAFURA games website www.arafuragames.nt.gov.au