The Australian team celebrating a great win in Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland, June 10, 2017 – The Australians were happy to defeat Finland at their home arena in front of almost 8000 spectators, especially because Finland also played very well in this 2017 World League match.
Paul Carroll, captain of Australia: "I am pretty happy, especially because Finland played very well during this weekend. The first set was high-level volleyball. In the second set the Finnish float serves were really difficult. When Nathan Roberts came on court, it was our momentum, which turned the match. We are happy with our matches and our way to Gold Coast."
Mark Lebedew, coach of Australia: “I am really happy. Finland were the strongest opponent here. It was a great atmosphere at the hall today. Some of our players had some extra motivation in this match, because they play in the Finnish Championship League.”
Tuomas Sammelvuo, coach of Finland: "Australia were very consistent and they received our float serves well. In attack they were better than us. It was really wonderful to play in front of almost 8000 spectators. We were better here than we were last weekend."
Eemi Tervaportti, captain of Finland: "The first set was on a good level and in the second set our service was working. Then we kind of lost our service, blocking and defence. We had to play against good reception. Of course, I am happy that our own game got better during this weekend."