With the first full day of competition complete in Limerick, Ireland, France national powerchair football team is currently in the lead with three wins at this year’s inaugural EPFA Nations Cup. England is second with two wins and a draw, Belgium and Ireland in third with a win and a draw each, and Denmark is fifth with a draw. Switzerland is last with no wins or draws or even a single goal to their name.
France so far has dominated the competition, beating Denmark 15 – 0, giving Belgium a 13 – 0 thrashing , and crushing hosts Ireland 14 – 0. They lead all teams with a combined 40 goals, with the next closest team England only having scored 20. French player Mohamed Ghelami has scored a whopping ten goals in three games, while picking up three assists. Teammate Jerome Durand has also scored his share of goals with nine while getting eight assists. Bryan Weiss has scored seven for France while netting three assists. With five goals and eight assists, French player Erwan Conq is sixth in the tournament for the number of goals scored. English players Chris Gordon and Edward Common are ahead of Conq with six goals apiece.
Bottom of the ladder Switzerland is leading the competition with yellow cards, Mathieu Courvoisier having picked up two and Fabrice Zbinden earning one. Belgium’s Quentin Campion and France’s Tristan Delmas have eached picked up a yellow card.
English captain Chris Gordon was interviewed by event organizers following yesterday’s action, and he said he was happy with his team’s performance. He believed his team just needed a game to get into the tournament. In the final game of the day, Gordon scored three goals in his team’s 11 – 0 win against Belgium. He was looking forward to taking on the French in his team’s first match of the day, and then playing Ireland before hopefully qualifying for the semifinals.
There are six more games scheduled in group play today, semifinal play in the evening, and the finals scheduled for tomorrow night.