Invictus Games Sydney 2018: Day 3 – Sitting Volleyball (Stream 2)

Invictus Games Sydney 2018: Day 3 – Sitting Volleyball (Stream 2)


This program is live captioned by Red Bee Media. # Welcome to the glorious Quay Centre at Sydney Olympic Park. A transformation has taken place. Sitting volleyball is here and just a few hours to go. The rowing was the feature here in this venue and was erected way back in 1984 in one of the first sporting facilities built out here at Homebush. Let’s look at the schedule ahead of us. It is the group stage three, the pool match up between France and Australia. You see that both teams are conducting their preliminary warm-ups. Jordan this is United Kingdom, a bumper match-up. Led by Georgia and Germany and the United States and Netherlands. — followed by.>>Played on a smaller court and a lower net, sitting volleyball players are positioned closely together and must have at least one uttered in contact with the floor at all times. –1 buttock. If required, a third set tie-breaker is first set to 15 with a 2-point advantage. It is mixed gender and there must always be six players per team on court. Players are assigned a point value based on their impairment. 1.4 the most impaired, 1.5 or moderate a players, to four Moderate B players and three point open players with the least physical limitations. The maximum number of players on court at any one time is 15. Teams will be split into four pulls with each winner progressing to the semifinals and the winners of that meeting in the gold-medal match.>>First up in session three, it will be France versus Australia. Both of them first up defeats to Poland in the first two matches today. Poland booking their place in the semifinals. A lot of are in the house. Let’s look at the French lineup. We have 3-time Paralympian Brad Scott. Brad, what are we in for today?>>How great is this? Team sports are so great. Everybody is excited for a really big game. As you said, both teams lost their first match so it will be interesting to see who comes out firing. It will be an explosive game and I can’t wait to witness it. Shelley’s match was only a short time ago at the netball Centre. It is the venue adjacent to us here at the Quay Centre. Australia going down 21-15, 21-15. A lot of support for both of those nations, France took the first set, dropped the second 22-20. The tie-breaker went the way of the Poles who we will see in the semifinal tomorrow. A lot of French support in the house. It is either front row of the competitors. The number eight singlet for the Australians. It will be the French to serve first. They won the toss. The first point going the way of the French.>>A brilliant rally.>>The Australians recovered farewell. Another point coming. Fast start for the French.>>They are definitely on the attack.>>Just a bit long there.>>The overhead effort just carrying. First four points for the French, a fast start.>>They all rotate to the right. Again, right in the centre, the Australian on this occasion doing the damage is Luke Jones. Guillaume Ducrocq orders and other point for the French.>>The Australians win the serve. First sub here for the Australians?>>Carrie-Anne Bishop who is the captain of the volleyball team for the trillions. Brendan Hardman there who is also the captain of the rugby team for the Australians.>>The great spike there.>>Tell us of it about why Sonya Newman is in the yellow.>>It is it a defensive position. This person cannot play an attacking move. They must be in the back court.>>Australia back with the server.>>A little deft touch from Daniel Marsh and they have wiped the deficit.>>Block does not count as a touch. If you block the ball, you still get the three touches. You don’t need to rush it back. Sonya Newman is back in there.>>Daniel Marsh almost with the amazing recovery there.>>Too long with the serve from Ducrocq. It is certainly fast paced, isn’t it? Came with an expectation on being able to talk you through everything as it was happening and we will do our best to do without at the moves are so sharp. I spike by the French. –A spike. Chahboune at tempting the spike. Coming up with the win for the French is Benjamin Bouquet.>>A nice combination between both. It was placed perfectly in the back court.>>The French are up by three.>>Bouquet chose to serve from further back that — than most. You’ll your buttocks must be behind the line. — on the line.>>It is already passed for 30 local time. — 4:30.>>Each team is only allowed 12 substitutions, too. You will see them slowdown towards the end of the game if it does go all the way to three sets.>>The French support were loud and vocal today a dentist the Poles. Oh, so close.>>A little long on the reverse effort.>>Catching a bit of the endline, a good result from Rebecca Kuenstner. Another substitution made. You see Jones check back into the game.>>A double touch they’re. It is not allowed. That was on lucky there. — unlucky.>>Carrie-Anne Bishop, captain of this volleyball team for the Australians. Reverse effort, over the head, high. You might notice that when the Libero comes back in…>>All three of the Australian women on the floor in the moment. There will be a change for the French now as number two, Cedric — Cedric Arci.>>When it is so close like that, you go with your gut and unfortunately we didn’t get it back over the net.>>Braedon Griffiths… All of a sudden it is a 6-point break. France 14, leaving Australia eight. A session three matchup between Australia and the French intercity volleyball. — in the sitting volleyball. Very smart.>>Unlike able-bodied volleyball, you are allowed to attack the ball from the server.>>The ball was called out there, off the server.>>The ball must not hit either side of the net. Unfortunately for the French, the ball didn’t go out.>>Jones with the serve. A winner for the Australians. Rye Shawcroft, one of three 24 -year-olds in the Australian team. A four point margin. Timeout called by the French. The Australians, just as they try to find the momentum shifter. They will have to sit for a couple of minutes as the coach has a chat to the judges. Let’s take a look at a couple of the highlights stop the French leading 15-11. They scored the first viewpoint. One rule is that the players’ buttocks must not leave the ground when he struck the ball. It must be so hard for the competitors out there, not to lift himself when they want to take that strike.>>The Israeli is still with the server. A 4-point margin. — the Australians. Australia closer gap to three. Rye Shawcroft coming with the early push. Paunch to France. –A point to France.>>If France can get a run on here, it might be their set.>>Ducrocq with the server. — serve. Could the line is in. Still on the Ducrocq server. The French are in the lead. Serve the French crowd was trying to get involved there and get behind their team. What can the Australians do?>>The Australians have never one and medal in a team sport at the Invictus Games.>>It might go the way of the Australians as the referee steps in. Such as the rules of traditional volleyball, it’s not allowed, a to the Australians. –A point. Let’s have a look at the replay. You can see there are, Francesca Rocca, she was penalised. Just a little too long on the server. — serve. A 4-point advantage to the French. Beeck as a reminder, it is the first to 21 so the French only need two more points and they have bitter that — they have a little bit of a buffer. A three point buffer.>>Some more changes, Brendan Hardman checks in. Carry on Bishop takes another seat. — Carrie-Anne Bishop.>>Just a 2-point buffer now! That is a little wide. The Australians get another point. It is one point in it. The Australians were trailing by as many as six! Trying to go behind his back, Braedon Griffiths. All of a sudden it opens up setpoint for the French.>>Will this be the one?>>Francesca Rocca to serve.>>Into the net goes Ducrocq. They invite the Australians back in this first set. Still setpoint here for the French.>>You must win by two. That is the rule. Its long! After a fast start, they scored the first four points of the encounter. They take the first set by a slim margin. 21-19.>>Australia should take confidence from that set, though. They thought very well and specially when France got a big lead. For them to bring it back and only lose by those two solitary points, adding it shows Australia are really in this game.>>Let’s look at the setpoint. Just a little push on it from Griffiths, too long for the endline. It is enough for the French to take the first set. But as you said, really nothing between these two teams. Not only will the players actually want to swap ends but the entire bench is changing, too. That is something different.>>Looking at logistically, it probably makes sense when you look at the impairments of some of the competitors out there. Less room for them to travel as opposed to making a journey all the way around the other side of the net. How fast paced is this game? It’s explosive. You can’t miss a beat.>>Giving you an around the ground update. Always wanted to do this on television, what is happening elsewhere. There are matches being played at the adjacent arena to us which is the Netball is that Mac Centre. — Netball Centre. It was a fairytale tournament going through undefeated in Toronto. So Georgia, winners against Romania. It means that Romania and Georgia vote had one win. We will see Georgia here inside the Quay Centre a little later when they take on Germany. If Georgia win that, they will go through to the semifinals tomorrow and if Germany win, we will have the calculator is out and do the maths to see who has won the most sets and who will make it through to the final. Drudge is joining us, there are two of teams split into four pools. — if you are just. The top of each pool goes through to tomorrow’s semifinal.>>As you said, Poland is already through. They won their first two games and Australia and France are a guest here playing for pride. The winner will go through to the semifinal in the next match and stay alive in the hunt for the medal. That is Jordan and the UK. Georgia and Germany and USA versus the Netherlands are still to come. Pulsating start. France winning the first set 21-19. The Australians deserve to start the second set. The ball in the hands of Rye Shawcroft, the 24-year-old. Can the French get that early advantage again? Will France start on fire again? Nice start for the French, they win the serve back immediately. Cedric RC, number two for France. — Cedric Arci.>>Nice block on the serve. Australia win it straight back. That was Kevin Jacoby. He was discharged medically after serving in East Timor and Afghanistan. He is the oldest member of this volleyball unit.>>Ducrocq, the neat touch. The serve still with the French. Another point won off the service Arci.>>You will notice they are touching the net. In the game of sitting volleyball, you are able to touch the net as long as it doesn’t interfere with another opponent.>>Fancy footwork on your screen. 4-1, another early breaks the French to start the second set. — and other early break for the French.>>Into the net it goes. Australia with a lot of support.>>Kevin Jacoby with the ball in hand. His wife and children are here to watch him participate.>>That Wohling was he lifted his bottom off the ground. — that ruling. It works out a game for the Australians.>>They take the lead which they haven’t done at any stage in today’s game. The Australians hit the front. We were chatting about that ruling going against Ducrocq earlier. Very sharp, directories, to pick that up with neither by Tech on the ground — neither buttock. Ducrocq penalised for that.>>Very nice work, the French, at the net there. There is so little floorspace to work with.>>Yes, when you see the accuracy of their placement.>>Francesca Rocca, one of two women in the French volleyball team.>>a heavy smash from Brendan Hardman. Luke Jones…>>Seeing him also in the discus and heavyweight powerlifting later in the tournament. Great placement.>>Beautiful work by Brendan Hardman.>>Marion Blot just had a hard look at it and let it go.>>The Australians lead by three. A beautiful work up at the net. Spiked away by the Frenchman Benjamin Bouquet.>>Jones has a rest. Bringing Sonya Newman back into the game.>>Some nice work again in the front row by the Australians. Sam at morale though. — Sam at Maraldo.>>A three pointed vantage to Australia. Dropped the first set. –3 point vantage.>>Communication is the key, you must be talking to your teammates. You see Rye Shawcroft and Mark Daniels having at chat there. — a chat. The French back ahead, another league change. Time now called by the Australians — lead change.>>It will be interesting to see how Australia comes back out from this time out. See if they regain the lead or if France can run away with it. Let’s look at the highlights so far. Luke Jones brought about the immediate winner off the server. The last play with just before the timeout. Brendan Hardman just reaching forward.>>The reflex is that you need for this game. I’m real. A split second decision on whether you go for the ball or not. If the touch was right, it would have been perfect but unfortunately, just carried on for too long.>>2016, France made it through to the quarterfinals. They finished fifth – eight 100 different format. — under a different format. Leading by two in the second set. Server is Florian Cieplak. Just got a little tangled up. The ball perfectly placed. The French by three.>>The Australian crowd are really trying to get behind their team here. Brendan Hardman to serve.>>Great big. Great work by the French. Beeck the ball looked lost. –>>The ball looked lost. Carrie-Anne Bishop checks back in to the game. Bishop, that team captain.>>Some changes, too, for the French.>>In six sports. There are five competitors for each six different sports. Nice work by the Australians. Mark Daniels into the net. Got a hand on it.>>There is a strategy to the block. When you see them hold their hands up a bit earlier.>>Australia brought it back to one point now. A must win set for the Australians.>>The Australians have not meddled in at team sport. They played off for bronze in wheelchair basketball. In sitting volleyball they were seventh in the inaugural Invictus Games. They did not compete in sitting volleyball into thousand 17. It is two years, in Orlando, since we have seen an Australian team participate in sitting volleyball. >>There are four different categories. There is a maximum, one point allocated. If it is a moderate rate is 1.5, moderate the is two points beacon and we have a maximum of 15 points at any one stage.>>The French with four touches. The refs all over it. Rye Shawcroft with the serve. A heavy smash. Right at the centre of the front row, doing some great work.>>Unforced error on the serve.>>Rye Shawcroft ducks back out. The number seven for the French, Luc Berton, he will serve straightaway as well.>>important serve as well.>>a little long. As you can see, the first touch is so vital. It can make a whole lot of difference.>>the serve from Luc Berton. Braedon Griffiths served as a marine technician.>>great touch.>>Beautiful touch from Benjamin Atgie.>>you can see the placement can be enough.>>a lot of support for the French. Benjamin Atgie is going to serve as well. His fourth Invictus Games. One of the few remaining athletes that have participated in all four Invictus Games. Great work by the Australians at the front.>>You cannot separate these teams at the moment.>>A great touch. It turned out OK. Daniel Marsh smashing it. It was all reaction after. Australia earned the point. Just land inside the ad line. A tremendous depth. Competitors from both teams take on the second row and have landed perfectly.>>10m by 6m, there is not much court to work at all, not to mention how they will see it. You have the advantage of seeing it from up here. Australian leading by one.>>the resulting ricochet. Beautiful placement by Rebecca. The number eights singlet. Rebecca Kuenstner. This is the biggest lead Australia have had. They could push a tie-break if they win this set. Two points away here, Brad.>>it will be interesting to see if they can hold here. Great placement, beautiful hands by Luke Jones.>>Australia cannot miss a beat, every touch going exactly where they want to do.>>Rebecca Kuenstner has been central to everything for the Australians. At the track and field event, the disc is, the shotput. Still have the ability as commentators curse!>>but that is why it’s good to have an advantage. You can afford to make a mistake. The Aussies win the second set! They push the tie-break set. A third set decided to come. They take the second set and they are serenaded by a chorus of chairs around the centre. Australia bouncing back in the second set. The first to 15th in the third set decider.>>You can see the finishing. The touches were perfect by the Australian team.>>so compelling to watch. For a lot of people here it would be their first exposure to sit in volleyball. They have a limited space.>>A competitor is allowed to have the body over the net as long as they do not impede with their opposition, unlike with your other volleyball. An exciting set coming up. In the tie-break set, it only goes to 15, not to 21, and is still do need to win by a minimum of two points but Australia has momentum. Can France comeback? It has been hard to split the two.>>The first set was close, after the French scored the first four points. As you see, the French taking the first 21-19. The second set, the French also started well. But Australia taking the lead and able to protect it.>>the deciding set, first to 15. Pockets of French supporters. A bit outnumbered. A lot of green and gold. The Australians wearing the green competition shirt. Kevin Jacoby, his wife in the stand to support him. A couple of stretches for Braedon Griffiths, served in the navy, a marine technician. In 2015 a car accident. He is the youngest member on the Australian team, narrowly missing selection in Toronto but here he is. The French competitors trying to get some reaction from the French supporters in the crowd. We will see Poland tomorrow in the semifinals. It was as noisy as any sitting volleyball games when they played. Across the road from where we. They made plenty of noise.>>Plenty of atmosphere here today. The French have plenty of support but so do the Australians.>>first to 15. Session three. Cyrille Chahboune to serve.>>A little too flat with the touch.>>Another nice serve from Cyrille Chahboune. He may be targeting there.>>Some work in the net. The good result for the Australians. They get a point on the board and earn the serve. >>Luke Jones able to get a deft touch on it. . Luke Jones again.>>Australia is on a road right now. Luke Jones has had a touch in the last three points. Kevin Jacoby through the right feast and manages to catch the sideline. Tremendous work, Kevin Jacoby.>>It is easy to say every point is vital but right now points are so vital.>>Time out called early in this third set. The right-hand from Kevin Jacoby, that was all reflects. He was as surprised and happy as anyone. You can tell that both teams really want this win. I am sure everyone’s heart rate is quite high right now.>>The French getting close to the block. A deep serve. Great work. Daniel Marsh upfront. Perfect placement underneath. Five straight points for the Aussies. Nice block at the net, Benjamin Atgie again. Back to back points for France. They trailed the deciding set by one. Great spike. It is hard to dig those once out. Benjamin Bouquet.>>nervous onlookers on the French bench. Another perfectly placed serve by France. Off the hands of Cyril Auxant. Great touch. A little wide on the edge of Cyrille Chahboune. Great work by Australia they hung in the rally.>>Gave it 20 of height and time for their teammate.. . Full stretch to get it back. Just trying to get a touch on it.>>Soft hands is the key here. This is Rebecca Kuenstner on serve. Benjamin Atgie again, at the net. Perfect placement. Sonya Newman with a lot of ground to cover could not control it. Great block. Some tremendous work by the French, blocking. Benjamin Bouquet. You may have overheard, a touch on the net from Benjamin Bouquet so despite his block, it has been disallowed in the point goes to the Australians. A lucky break. The ball in the hand of Luke Jones. Daniel Marsh. Australia by one. Still on serve. Time out called by the French.>>Let’s take a look at these last plays. They will swap ends.>>just enough to get it over the net. If this is your first time watching sitting volleyball, how good of the game has been. Net and neck all the way.>>A 4-point margin as far as it went, the Stroud means winning the second set by that.>>Touch from Rye Shawcroft. The French back on serve and momentum swings again. Guillaume Ducrocq. Caught off-balance. Into the net. This is headed for a razorthin margin to decide it. Tremendous. Daniel Marsh crushing the ball again.>>The change for both teams. Daniel Marsh on the back of the superb spike. Heads towards the bench. Changes for both teams.>>Francesca Rocca with that Invictus Games tattoo on her neck. Australia to serve. And the first serve bringing about another point. Sam Maraldo serving that. Benjamin Bouquet on screen, for France, as a timeout is called. Australia four points away from taking victory here. Day three of competition. The first of the team sports we are seeing today with volleyball first half. Lets have a look at the Daniel Marsh. Plenty of purchase on it. Guillaume Ducrocq did well to even get a hand on it. Mark Daniels with that deft touch right at Benjamin Bouquet.>>The finesse is so vital. A delicate touch. They need to hold their composure.>>Served by Sam Maraldo. The umpire lets them go. Benjamin Bouquet get the pace of it. The French fortunate. Everybody looked over to the official after the ball was caught at the net. A 1-point game. The volleyball hits the turf, 11-11.>>We might be here all night.>>first to 15 but must win by two. Cyrille Chahboune touching it twice. Australia’s point. They will serve. Three points away. Carrie-Anne Bishop returning to the court. Former army truck driver. She is on serve. Cyrille Chahboune into the net. Carrie-Anne Bishop continues.>>The next point so vital here.>>Sideline catching it! Tremendous placement by Bishop. Three match points for the Australians. It is out. Off the hands of Rye Shawcroft.>>There was only a couple ofcm there. Still a couple of match points for the Australians. Francesca Rocca to serve.>>Daniels with the match winner! The host nation, Australia, take the French. A pulsating battle at the sitting volleyball!>>six points down at one stage in that first set. A comeback to take the next two. What a performance by the Australians.>>What a showcase first up in session three. Serenaded by a chorus of Australian fans. What a showcase. The French winning the first set, Australians responding. They were trailing in the second set and already with one set up. 15-12 in the third and deciding set. A big hug from Rye Shawcroft. How much did that mean for the Australians!>>We will get some reaction shortly. Look at the support for the French. They were unlucky in both games. Poland fighting back to win their encounter. The same story here. Match decided by really a razorthin result and it goes our way. The way of Australia. Support in the house for France. Acknowledgement from the volleyball squad as they acknowledge the pocket of French supporters. We go to the captain of the Australian volleyball team.>>Congratulations. An incredible fight back.>>It is incredible. I am so proud.>>What was in the comeback?>>The last game we lost, we had to get back and I was hoping they could do it.>>What is it about this team that brings it together and have these heart?>>We want to get out there and give it a crack and that is what we did.>>What is it like to have the home crowd>>support? It is amazing. It was awesome.>>What>>he think of the Invictus Games? It is amazing, it has changed my life. Thank you.>>A number of the feelgood stories of the Australian team. Medically discharged in 2015 after serving for 13 years, Carrie-Anne Bishop. We had some tremendous rallies all the way through, ships in momentum and neither nation was able to control the game for long periods of time.>>Each team seem to have control at times but the other fought back Bailey only. As you can see here, it is not just about hitting the ball over the net. There are so many movements involved.>>That is matchpoint and Australia closing it out to win. A win over France.>>That is the first day. Here at the Invictus Games. The next five days still to come. The three feature team spots as part of the program, the sitting volleyball followed by the wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball to come. That is on the final day, Saturday, Day eight of competition. The Quay Centre erected in the mid 80s, one of the first sporting facilities in this part of the world, the Homebush precinct. Long before the Sydney Olympic Games were even first thought of. Of course, taking place in the year 2000. Let’s look at the standings. You can see Jordan is leading the way with one victory from their one game played so far. The United Kingdom also with a win over Afghanistan. Just the three nations in Paul three. — pool three. It is a simple equation, the winner takes it all. The winner advances through to the final four and a semifinal action tomorrow. In the UK, they were featured prominently in the past in the sitting volleyball in the navy blue. Let’s look at the team sheet for Jordan. For the United Kingdom, getting some shots of their support staff. They have been prominent recently, they have reached the final in all three editions of the sitting volleyball at the Invictus Games. Silver medals in 2016 and 2017. Jordan have been getting closer. They have reached the final eight at the last two editions of the sitting volleyball. They didn’t participate in the inaugural games of this event. Under a different format, they reached a fifth – eight finish as the wait was graded in 2015. — 2016. I am alongside 3-time Paralympian Brad Scott. It is easy to set this up for viewers at home. Quite simply, the winner goes through to the final format and the loser, their bid for a medal, ends here. — the final four.>>Great Britain have a lot of great form and they are very structured so it will be interesting to see how they come out. As well as Jordan, they have obviously had that win under their belt already. Connect add to it? That is the question. As we saw from the last game, it is so fast paced, it can turn just like that. The results earlier today, the UK had a win, straight sets victory over Afghanistan, in session two. An early start for Jordan this morning, they were third up at the Netball Centre. Same complex, just across the way. It went to Jordan 21-6, 20 1- 13. They looked sharp first up.>>Brad, you knew them warming up a short time ago, just how short they looked in their preliminaries.>>Definitely, they look at switched on. As you say, the winner goes through. As you can see here, the UK have so much support, especially write-down here in front of us, there is a group of spectators going off, as you say. I thought the stadium would potentially go a little bit quiet after the Australian game but if anything, it has actually got louder. More and more spectators coming through as we speak.>>You can see some celebrations from the front row as they make their way out onto the court. The introduction here a lot of support. Some kisses to the crowd from Amjed Ayasrah.>>Each team is allowed for players. The UK has the full 12 but Jordan only has nine. I wanted that will play a part in this game.>>we have a Libero here today.>>They must play in the back court. First point to the UK. They touched the Libero in red. Big UK to serve. — in — the UK. They are here to play, the UK. So far very strong, the UK. Nice work at the net, blocking the server. It is legal in the sitting volleyball. They always aimed for the server.>>Some heavy touch is in that exchange. Great work by Jamal Damra. Jamal Damra a little heavy, drifting over the line. Love the enthusiasm from Darren Young. As you can see on the screen, from the UK, very animated in the early exchanges. As we often see, the nature of sitting volleyball, it is very hard just to make yourself invisible as we saw just then. Darren Young getting tangled up with a couple of his teammates. 3-3. Long from Darren Young. Odai Alshatnawi on the server. — on a serve. Kushal Limbu with a lot of energy after that point.>>I would say that might be the best we have seen so far. Darren Young with the serve. Too long. You hear the call, out. Paul Twitchell with the heavy touch. UK at going to continue serving. We might have to check out what that ruling was. Darren Young continues. It works out OK for the UK. Paul Twitchell with the perfect placement. Darren Young with the hands up in the air. An inquisitive look on from Jamal Damra. At the net for Jordan. Momentum swinging the UK’s way, they lead by two. Great work to cover the net. Kushal Limbu making sure it ends up back on Jordan’s side.>>Some long arms of there at the net for that block.>>Calling for the towel mid set. Not too comfortable at the net, having a long chat with the referee. There may be a wet patch on the floor which needs to be wiped.>>This was the ruling with hands over the net. There were fingertips, as you saw. They were not directly involved in the play, and as a result, they see the point. UK by three. The UK capitalise on a shift in momentum here. They lead by four.>>Yes, a few points have gone against Jordan. They have called a timeout here, just trying to stop the UK’s dominance in the later part of this first set. As you said, and 8-4 point lead here from the UK. One thing I have noticed about the UK is their strategies or tactics behind each play. Sometimes you might even see they go up a dummy spike as the ball is travelling across, for the later person to come through. They are trying to set Jordan R P.>>They are so polished, the UK. — trying to set Jordan up here.>>The other great thing the UK do is they move early. They move into position very early, they have great group structure. They are almost anticipating where the ball is going to go.>>Netra Rana is out there now for the UK.>>Up and about, the UK. Starting to put some distance between themselves and the Jordanians on the scoreboard. Darren Young to continue.>>Reflexes! Oh, just catching a piece of the end. Perfect placement on the bush. — push. 10-4, they are on a roll, the UK. Jamal Damra a little long. By my count, at the top, that is eight consecutive points off the serve of Darren Young. 11-4 the score. They get a break, Jordan! Deserve changes hands. — the serve changes hands. Jamal Damra one of the serve for Jordan. — Jamal Damra on the serve. That is the best rally we have seen. Didn’t take long for the UK to get the serve back. One thing I have noticed about the UK if their placement on their digs, they hit it up nice and softly.>>Such a professional unit.>>Aveuta Tuila serving. I think Apple are to –>>I think of where to twill at might have the longest arms I have ever seen here. — Tuila.>>Great touch by Paul Twitchell. Straight up the middle. Catches a piece of the endline. It is a 9-point break.>>Regardless of the score, we are just looking at the court, who has the momentum. UK up and firing, Jordan, heads are down. Now they have called another timeout.>>A good call as well, just to try and stem the flow for the time being. It was very competitive in the early stanza. Eight consecutive points. Here is that final play. Paul Twitchell is just sat up perfectly. He had every area of the court to perfectly placed that despite.>>They are constantly moving, making it harder for the Jordan team. Jordan seemed to be stagnant and not moving across the court as fast. They are more playing reactive.>>The UK are rendering up the crowd — revving up the crowd.>>Jordan Niebrugge at a couple of points in a row, trying to nullify the advantage — Jordan need a couple of points in a row. This is Nayef Alzboon, number two for Jordan. Jordan to serve.>>Can they get consecutive service? That is what they need.>>Nayef Alzboon has too much on it. Three points, take them any day.>>Just not able to build any sort of pressure here, the Jordanians. Three Mac long service in a row. –>>Three long serves in a row.>>The serve is back with Jordan.>>Great block. Odai Alshatnawi at the net. He was all over it to block it.>>It has been a long time since Jordan has had consecutive points. Masa’Deh on serve. You don’t need to hit it hard, all that matters is the placement. Jordan has made another substitute.>>Darren Young is arguably my favourite competitor out there, very animated. A signal to his teammate.>>Odai Alshatnawi appealing to the referee there. That might have been hands over the net. Michael Mellon, his direct competitor there. The competition continues, Paul Twitchell is serving. It ricochets back. Another point for the UK, 18-8. 10 the margin. The UK closing out here in the first set. Way too much on that, Jamal Damra pulls up>>they are a very polished unit, the UK. Just trying to keep this set alive. Paul Twitchell continues.>>Odai Alshatnawi didn’t even load up on that smash. That’s exactly what they needed. Showing the UK they are not out of it yet. Jordan need a run of points here, though. A great big. — dig.>>Great defensive play by the UK, just to hang in that point.>>The reflex is were amazing. Opens up setpoint. — reflexes.>>Jamal Damra with the smash. Finds the net. Jordan trying to pull it back. Still setpoint is to the UK. Jordan double up, Odai Alshatnawi.>>It needs to be a long run but can they do it? A deft touch. Odai Alshatnawi wins it on this occasion.>>UK thought that point was reversed to their way. 4-point in a row.>>I am a romantic but can they do it? Can they bring it back, can they win this set? They have given themselves a chance. The UK are obviously the favoured way to close out here but it has been a lot more competitive than that. UK had that hot streak. This is what brought up the setpoint for the UK. Still got a little piece on that. Jordan have just fought back to win the last four points.>>They needed that earlier. They needed this run earlier. It might be a little too late. We have seen fairytales happen in sport.>>To remember is momentum to carry into the second set. — tremendous. Still setpoint for the UK. Taller Damra with a click at the net. There it is. Alzyoud’ serving run comes an end. You take — UK take the lead. Jordan should have confidence they are matching it with the UK. You could have been forgiven five minutes ago UK could win it, Jordan fought back to win the point. Jordan could get to an early advantage in the second set. The set going the way of the UK. 21-14. Alzyoud SERPS for Jordan. UK calling timeout. Seeing a run of points against the Serb of Alzyoud. UK taking the first set. Darren Young. He had some highlights in the opening set. A run of eight consecutive points on serve. Let’s take a look at a few of the moments from the opening set. The UK team behind each other. Their structure is phenomenal. Each person knows their role in this team. They seem like they are very much a complete package as opposed to Jordan. I have to give credit for Jordan the way they fought back. The latter part of the set was amazing. Darren Young, your mate, the reflex is? The reflex is on the man is phenomenal. He is the oldest man in the outfit as well. In the volleyball team he took part in the opening ceremony. Discharged in 2006 with spine and shoulder injuries. You couldn’t tell from the way he is moving out there. The range of the man is amazing. Some of those points the whole body is flying to try to make contact with the ball. Not only make contact but could that purpose. As you can see, the difficult part is when you are diving for the ball, keep your buttocks on the ground. You need one cheek making contact at all stages. You touched on the efforts of the UK earlier in the sitting volleyball, gold and 2014 at the inaugural games, they won silver medals in 2016 and 17, they’ve reached the finals in all three editions. When you think about the team they have put together, 72 competitors here, the equal most of any nation. Australia has 72 competitors, it is the smallest team UK sent to any of the games so far, 451 hopefuls tried out to make the team for the Invictus Games. To get the number down to 72, it is no surprise with such depth, the UK have been able to assemble such a strong team and sitting volleyball, traditionally they have been very strong. 450 people just tried to make the Invictus Games team, it shows you how much work these competitors have done to put themselves on the stage. It is not just that they are training once a week and they just rock up end up throwing on the Guernsey, they have been training tirelessly for this moment. You can see how much it means not only to the athletes but family and friends in the crowd. 200,000 active personnel in the British military, 180,000 reserves, second-largest military in the EU. United Kingdom almost 68 million residents. A lot of support for the UK in the house. Last-minute conference before the start of the second set. I’m sure the message for the UK will be to continue to pick up with a lift. Darren Young tries to pump up the crowd in the front row. They set away from a place in the final four. Can Jordan fightback? We saw it happen in the first set can it happen here? Has (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE). Both teams are confused as to who won the point. Put me in that category as well. Jordan serving. His dig sprays out to the right. A nice start to the serving game. Alzyoud. For those who are familiar with sitting volleyball in the games there are a few minor adjustments, in the IPC version there must be three people in each row. UK starting with four in the back row. Alzyoud crashing in on this service performance. We saw him going on a run the last set with consecutive points. He has won three consecutive points on serve. Alzyoud continues. Jordan off to a fast start. The UK on the board and the second set. Like clockwork the commentator’s curse comes back. UK serving. Touch. Referee calling a touch by the UK athlete. Touch of the net. Let’s look at that replay. He just brushed the fingers. We might need that in super slow mode. Jordan back on serve. Long dig. A little too long. Jordan have carried this momentum from the first set. Through to the second set. Alshatnawi serving for Jordan. Trying to catch them off guard there. He did not get the ball back over the net. How Pa Modou Njie distinguish wall. Sweat on the ground. Darren Young has the ball, he is serving. What happened with the last 60 18 consecutive points? And won’t happen here. Jordan off to the hot start. Jordan lead by five. If you are tuning in UK had a 10 point advantage in the first set and Jordan fought back and here they are taking the advantage in the second. Great Serb, nice powerful serve. Putting that all over the net again. Damra missing out on the touch. Tuila going to serve. Men with the long arms. — man. Great spike. A couple of heavy touches on that. Mestarehi. The amount of control is pretty special. Let’s look at that again. Mestarehi. Mestarehi. There was the effort to retrieve the ball from young. Mestarehi happy to get that out there. Comes up with a big win for Jordan. Almost a reversal. Quite fascinating. When you think Jordan 16 or seven of the last points in the first set. First it going to the UK. Jordan entered the set with momentum. They picked up where they left off. Midway through the first if you in the crowd you would have thought this will be over pretty quickly. But, no. This shows the spite him — fighting spirit of everyone out there. They do not want to give up they want to make sure the team gives everything they can. Those touches by the UK initially were always going in. It has almost rattled them. It is like they have lost composure. Alzboon on serve, too long, young ready to take the touch. Pulled out of it by his teammate. Can it at as a momentum shift for the UK? Non-4 in the second set. — nine. Miscommunication. Each player for the other had it. They are arguing now. Suleiman Masa’Deh. Mestarehi Landing between the two of them. Five and six. We will have to wait for a replay. Michael Mellon of the UK. Your feet can be passed the baseline but you must not impede your fellow competitor. Suleiman Masa’Deh. On serve. Jordan by five. Pushing out a little wind. Alshatnawi at the net. A good shot from the net camera. The referees focusing on the net. Alshatnawi trying to make an appeal. Spending a lot of time having a chat to the officials. These two experienced teams playing at a very high level. The winner goes through. We’ll feature in the semis tomorrow, UK back on serve. Alshatnawi sending that over with a heavy slam again. Jordan winning serve. The weight behind the Jordan hit is getting more intense with each point. The confidence is growing you can tell this by the way the team is playing. Great touch. Darren Young. Clips that on the way through. The UK when the point and the serve. You can win by power or placement, the last two points show you that. That was Michael iron, a little heavy on the serve. A complete reversal of what we saw in the first set. The UK who can’t string consecutive points together. Get on any sort of a run. Jordan protect him a five point buffer. — rejecting. That was very close to a touch over the net for Damrosch. It looked as if he was just reaching from our vantage point. All OK. Off the hands of Damrosch. It is such a fast paced game. I ace comes about. — an ace. As they say in the classics, it’s all happening here at the Key Centre. Just trying to work out was hit — what was happening in the previous point. Playing down I ace. Jordan have doubled the UK scorer in the second set. Another conversation with the referee. He might be talking about limbs. Over the line. Number one, Damra. Limbs over each side of the line it. Jordan’s point? Interfering with the feet? Talks on the ground. — buttocks. Watching the call by the referee, he created a gap with hands. A long serve. Still predicting a 17 point buffer. The 8-point margin the highest of the set so far. UK with a serve. UK now having to respond to Jordan. Up a set. Well down in the second. A defining game in Paul B. Too much push from Alzyoud. UK have not had two points in a row for a long time. Can Jordan keep the run going. Straight down. That is the advantage of having long arms. You can get a nice downward angle on the ball. They will make a change. Modou Njie. They double up on the serve. You might be on the right side of the court for the winning commentary. Auden are four points of a deciding set. They will change sides — after two points. Jordan trying to ride the momentum through to the third set. They lead by eight points in the second set. Jordan dropping the first against the UK. Incredibly evenly matched teams. Both teams being able to go on a run its stages in this match, so far, it has told the story of the 26. A controversial moment at the net. Jordan got the ruling. UK looking perplexed. That is our view of what happened. It is hard to see from the at the top of the camera, there are so many limbs involved. The arms and the links below. Is a referee would be difficult, not only do you have to watch what the are doing you have to watch if the buttocks are leaving the ground. If competitors are moving in the right position. Alshatnawi continues to serve. UK all out of sorts at the moment. The touch is not going the way they did in the first set. — the touches. Great touch. Unlucky. Sometimes those movements are pure reflex. Almost that fine line between skill and luck involved. Bingley on four, his first moments of the game. Too long. Jordan back on serve with a nine point buffer. Only a few centimetres out. Three or four. Tuila serving for the United Kingdom. How Masa’Deh. To look to continue serving. — Tuila. A little long. A little longer game. Each player has their own routine when they serve. Tall and does a couple of flat is. It is quite an intimidating move. Getting ready for his serve. — flaps. Great work and a heavy spike. Jordan have a set point. They have got seven of them at that. Almost a new team from the first set. To close out. That is a set! A nice little touch from Alzyoud it finds the net. Very happy with that. He blows kisses to the stands. Whose position would you rather be in Jordan with the momentum? Jordanians have all the momentum. They finished the first set with a brush to close the gap to seven after the UK controlled large periods. Then Jordan completely controlling the second set. The third and deciding set to decide. Let’s look at the highlights of the second set, Brad Scott. It was all Jordan. UK they dominated the first set, Jordan didn’t really, that set it looked like the UK couldn’t get anything going. Jordan had complete control. Highlights to come here, as you can see, there is movement all around the place. Jordan had kept a structure. The touch is made a huge difference. They had more power behind the shots and placement was good. — better structure. It is you can see the desperation by young. Not being able to get to the ball late. Both games have shown great emotion. No surprise to see those reactions given the way the game has gone. It just told the story. Both teams riding the momentum, trying to generate their own way. You can see by the reaction of the players,. It does show the importance of having a good serve. You get to dictate terms you dictate what happens next. It is quite costly when the players do hit the ball too long. But, Jordan, I am still dumbfounded, how they turned up in this second set here? Are not going to lie. I thought UK would run away with this. Jordan have shown something else. This is a must win game for both teams, the winner is the only team to go through out of the spill. Such a respected defence Force a number of fiction trend in the stands. Fellow competitors in the Invictus Games. One of the most professional, well trained and well organised outfit, 110,000 members, the Jordanian Armed Forces. They had a new Prime Minister this year in June. The commander of the Armed Forces is King Abdullah the second. Some people would have come to the arena to watch seated volleyball for the first time. They would have had come with an idea of what it was like but they are fascinated by what they have seen today. Both teams have gone to the search — third set. Massive swings and who is getting control. The passion, the pride the commitment is second to none. Touched on the UK history in this event, they have never missed the final or the semi-final. Previously they won gold in the inaugural Invictus Games. Medals in 2016, 2017, and North America. Here they are with the defining third set in the final pool game. Though when I goes ahead to the final four. All ahead of us. Jordan on serve. — the winner. Wide on the return from Darren Young. Iyad Mestarehi on serve. Great save. Alshatnawi with the work at the centre of the court. UK have become quieter than what they first started out to be. Jordanians riding the wave of momentum. Hot start to the third set. Alshatnawi with the defining touch again. The UK supporting contingent down below us, on the quiet on the third set. Desperation belongs to them at the moment. Iyad Mestarehi misfires. UK on the board in the third set. That is a lifeline right there. Michael Mellon on serve for the UK. The Alshatnawi a little long. Each point the reaction from the players. They know how much this game means right now. Shots of Darren Young on screen. 16 years and the Royal air force. The general out there of this team. Iron continues to serve. — Mellon. Perfect placement by young. Out wide towards the sideline. He made him stretch for it he could not get enough purchase. The Jordan team play close-up on the backline. Trying to make UK hit over the top. They fall back and almost hit the floor. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE). The UK get another point. Jordan reaching over the net. The UK have one four consecutive points on the server of Mellon. Their money into many energy has switched to the other side of the court. — momentum. Jordan arrest that here. Fingertip on the way through. Great cross court his Park. Jamal Damra. They needed a big play, they got one. Alzyoud. Alshatnawi puts it into the net. Back and forth, back and forth, a hard one to pick, call them. Darren Young trying to get positive energy going for his team. Great touch. Jamal Damra. Talk control of that in the centre of the court. At a moment when you thought they had no right to get that point that, they dug it out from the ground to put themselves in a position to spike that. Alshatnawi serving. Jordan go ahead. Alshatnawi continues. First of 15 points, who’s going to win at? It is too close to call.>>Are you leaning one way or the other? I can’t. It is the true in big the spirit right now.>>Over the sideline it goes and Jordan capitalising on this service game for Alshatnawi.>>UK has never not played for a medal. If they don’t win this one they will not have a chance.>>They have always played for gold is what I am trying to say. Having reached the gold-medal match in each of the three Invictus Games previous, was taken a look at this last point. Jordan now on three in a row on the Alshatnawi server. A little push them from Young, with a heavy spike. If anything a very good effort, a nice effort from Tuila to get a hand on it. Across the knuckles over the sideline.>>We have harped on a fair bit but the UK’s dominance at the net in the first set was outstanding. But Jordan have almost taken that position, it is almost like they are a few inches taller without getting off the ground. They are really putting themselves in a very impressive position right now and they have a two point advantage. Next point, if Jordan wins the next point come Alshatnawi who is the flag bearer of the Jordan back on Saturday night, there he is, on the last three points of his serve — won the last three points. Jordan now out to a two point break.>>You can see how much this means. It is a shallow serve, does not quite make it over the net. They hand the service came back to the UK. Some tense moments. First 15, must by two. The winner goes through to the final four. Darren Young. On serve. Unreal!>>Whale. If that is not the point of the tournament so far, I would love to see what was. Darren Young gives a big fist pump, at this moment in time, I must say, deliberately Jordan, outstanding. — the Libero to Jordan. A little wide. Out it goes, over the sideline, and the UK edge ahead in the defining set.>>First to eight, both teams swap ends. It seems the right side of the commentary booth here is the winning side.>>Ken Jordan come home Daniel?>>Who knows. But look at the end of that rally. Everybody on that side of the floor to the UK. Darren Young pumping up his team, the Quaycentre is rocking here at Homebush. The heart rate and blood pressure and everything will be through the roof right now. We have had about 14 games completed so far today, this has easily been the high standard we have seen from any two nations, continuing to raise the bar here.>>How fortunate are you a night to be able to witness these games.>>8-7. UK on serve, first to 15, must win by two. We are on point here. Really going on the counter-attack at the net which you are allowed to do in sitting volleyball. Damra takes on serving responsibilities. That was interesting by Tuila their. He pulled it down as well. That would have been interesting to see the whole thing go over the net, if the referee did not call in for a hold. 9-9, in the third and decisive. First to 15, must win by two. Stage perfectly set. Great touch. Great work at the net by the UK. They win serve back. Another lead change, the UK by one, 10-9.>>This last set is almost putting it where we thought it was, they have gone point-to-point throughout the day. It is long, off the hands, drifts over the air in line. 10-10. Trading point to point.>>Who do you think is going to win?>>I am not prepared to split them. It is impossible.>>That serve was almost long. Another long rally, this time a little long, and the push at the net from Tuila.>>Tuila took the responsibility, moved into position.>>Jordan stringing back-to-back points together which have been hard to come by in this third set. Both teams forced to scramble, and Mestarehi puts his slam ride. — wide.>>You are trying to get a touch on the net, unfortunately he missed the target altogether. 11-11, third and deciding set. Every point at the moment feels like the most important point we have had.>>You and I might be getting calls for a foul soon. Both of us are off our chairs. Can’t get enough purchase on the return, 12-11. They are three points away from a place in another semifinal will stop Jordan reaching over the net. It is a 2-point break and serve the UK. What a time for a call of… They needed the break. A very brave call from the referee, but it was spot on, we will get another look at it. The UK by two and on serve. Let’s look at this again. Moving his way towards the net, just reaching over and made contact with the net. You saw the headship around as the whistle went. Back-to-back points on serve for the UK, all important, 2-point break.>>Even though they have the 2-point break I would not put it past Jordan to bring this back. Both teams are fighting with so much passion here.>>The UK crowd has erupted right now and I incur fence sitters are all up in arms. — I think the fence sitters. Jordan need to get this serve back, I think that is an understatement right now. Damra to get enough purchase on it, into the net it goes. — cannot. They know they are one point away, the UK. From a place in another semifinal, as Jordan calls a timeout. Facing elimination here at the end of the pool stage. What a game it has been. The UK open up three match points.>>As much as it seems to be in the UK’s hands right now I think you would be brave to say it is a certainty. The way Jordan have fought back all day today, I would not be surprised if they bring this one right actor them. — back to them. They have had some significant shift in momentum, lead changes throughout, it has ebbed and flowed the whole way through. UK dominant in the first 21 of 14, Jordan 21-13 second, UK up 13-11, then they get the win.>>Matchpoint for the UK. And Jordan get themselves — keep themselves in it. Desperation on both sides of the floor. Jordan get the serve back, still matchpoint to the UK. The crowd are standing here in the gigabits side. — on the Team GB side. Such an important point. Matchpoint to the UK. Masa’Deh will serve. Wow. Wow. I think Jordan Wentworth Point, — win the point that there were certainly hands over the net. If you watch Masa’Deh’s movement from the serve to get back, so quick to respond. The movement was outstanding. Still one matchpoint for the UK, first to 15, win by two. Accurate three foes a boot at it. Touch the net? UK WIN! An absolute classic. Jordan touched the net, and that is how it ends. That is almost heartbreaking for it to end in that way. They fought with such valour after coming back from a third set deficit to win the second worst — first set deficit to win the second set 21-13. They both deserve to go through but in the end it will be the UK in the final format. Jordan’s quest for a medal ends here. What a display, if you are new to the sport, why wouldn’t you come back? The UK are through to the final four again, they close at 15-13 in the third set. Let’s look at how it ended. Controversial circumstances, accurate three after serving, through the boot at it, and just a contact on the net there from Mestarehi, the call was correct, but what a cruel wait for it to end the Jordan. They were spectacular against the UK, they push them write to the brink, and in the end of the UK advance, we will see them in the semifinals tomorrow.>>Some of these rallies were absolutely outstanding. It was just fascinating to watch the speed, the agility, there was so much fight from both sides of the court today.>>The Jordanians will not be going through to a semifinal but they are very proud of their efforts as they should be. What a display. Both teams delivering a showcase of sitting volleyball here at the Quaycentre. General Young there showing the passion to the crowd there who are here to support the UK competitors.>>Depending on where they end the podium tomorrow, the UK, they will look back to this moment and think, how lucky were we to get past that Jordanian outfit. They would not look out of place in the final for themselves tomorrow. In a way we have been treated to such a spectacle this early in the tournament, it is the sort of match that is really worthy of the second day of competition, and in the final four tomorrow we will see the semis and the medal games.>>In the first game we had today, Australia playing so well, they got over the top of them in the end, but how about that game there. I thought the Australian game obviously was so good, Australia versus France, but this game was on another level. The skill, the poise, the structure of the teams. They were there and they meant business and the UK got the job done in the end.>>Aaron Young just climbing into the crowd to celebrate with a couple of his loved ones. — Darin Young. A spectacular match of sitting volleyball. The sitting volleyball today, we have the wheelchair rugby and Wiltshire basketball to come, and it started with plenty of smiles on both sides of the floor — wheelchair basketball. Both teams acknowledging a younger — number of spectators in the crowd and the UK got off to good start.>>We thought, I thought the game was almost over, but Jordan Foote act so well. — Jordan fought back so well. They carried it through to the third and deciding set. Some great battles at the net. Both teams trying to ride that wave of momentum. It ebbed and flowed all the way down to the third and deciding set, and in the end, contact with the hands of the Jordanians, the UK getting through that by the narrowest of margins. 15-13, they win the third and deciding set and advance through to tomorrow’s semifinals. Let’s go to Amanda who is downstairs with Darren Young.>>Just describe the emotion, you are lapping it up with your teammates and family, how significant is this for you?>>It is incredible. We have worked so hard as a team, as a family, and this just finishes it off, and this is what it is all about, we got through to the semifinals, it is unbelievable.>>Jordan gave you a very big fright, what was the key to that comeback?>>That was not a fright, we thought we had them and we tried and tried, they came back at us, but next thing it turned the right way around. They were two points up in the final set and we got together, we talked, we calmed each other down and just said, let’s play for each other, and that is what we did.>>How important is this team — how important is it for this team to keep going and play through.>>As a team it is so important. We have bonded so much over the last four or five months, we know each other’s weaknesses and strengths. Everyone of we work extremely hard for one another and that is what it is about. That is what Invictus is about.>>You are definitely a crowd favourite, good luck for tomorrow Darren Young.>>The UK sitting volleyball team have been on the podium for every edition of the Invictus Games so far, they will be playing for a medal at some stage tomorrow, it is a semifinal first and they will play off for a gold or a bronze. More sitting volleyball shortly. Shots of the Quaycentre for the sitting volleyball, session three here at Sydney Olympic Park as the pool stages come towards their conclusion. What a night it has been already inside the venue. With a victory for Australia over France, they came from a set down to win the deciding set 15-12, a classic encounter just lay out a short time ago between Jordan and the United Kingdom. With the UK making their way through to the final four. They had a bus, it is Georgia versus Germany. — ahead of us. They are in the same group as Romania with Romania having a win today over Germany. And Georgia also making their way through. Germany so far without a win and it is also suffer Georgia. If Georgia can win here they will advance, if they drop a game it will become a 3-way battle with Romania also having a victory earlier over Germany which means all three of them would have a solitary win and it would get a little complex from there, as we will have to decide the Macca nations if that unfolds. — Macca nations. — machinations. We will start firstly with Georgia, and their lineup, as follows: let’s have a look at the German team: that is the Germany. — that is for Germany. An intriguing matchup with Germany losing to Romania early today, so they will be keen to bounce back off that defeat, while Georgia defeated Romanians, which means they are currently the only undefeated team left in the pool. The equation is simple to Georgia. If they win they will be going through to the semifinal tomorrow. And it is not over Germany. If they can win and win well here they are still a chance to make it through to the final four tomorrow. Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush in the western Sydney, we are halfway through the program and it has delivered plenty so far tonight.>>We are going off the last two games, this is going to be an absolute beauty. We had to make outstanding games, Jordan fought so valiantly, they won 15-13 in the third and decisive set of as you said both these teams are playing for a reason. If Germany win they are going to a tie break in terms of trying to work out who will be going through to the semifinals. If Georgia win they will be playing in the semifinals tomorrow. It is very interesting to see how this all pans out.>>Georgia are the favourite coming into this matchup, Germany back in sitting volleyball, Germany did not compete in this event in the Invictus Games in 2016 and 2017, they were there in the inaugural year in 2014, finished sixth in London, and you compare that to Georgia who provided one of the moments in Invictus Games history in winning gold in the Invictus Games tomorrow, and the tremendous story for the defending champions. Germany is on the left on the left-hand — in the raid on the left-hand side of the screen, and the defending champions, Georgia in white with black lettering. A nice stuff Georgia, who serves — scored the first point on the back of a heavy smash. Starting with purpose there. Boston are NACRO two in the number five shirt. Good set up by Gudushauri, the team player. A good result for Georgia. The team captain, Gudushauri did the last touch on the first two points. — there. A little long on the push from Germany. Jens Ruths. 3-1 the score. Great touch. Touching the net. Going against Germany a gain. Jens Ruths. . I roll of the eyes after conceding that point. — a roll. As you can see, the flick and from the post on the net. Which is illegal. Germany have one that point and are finally on the scoreboard. That story earlier about Georgia and the defending champions, winning last year. They have had a buildup across three and bit terse games. The man top right of your screen in the red shirt. The number 10. Nakishashvili. Back-to-back points for the Germans. A heavy smash from the team captain. So hard to dig those ones out. They come fast and low at your body hard to get your hands under those. Georgia back on serve. And that was almost long. Spraying wide of the hands of the Georgians. Out it goes. The defending champions back in, the first Invictus Games they were introduced to the team coach Roger Osborne, of the UK. A little wired with that touch. Osborne was introduced to the Georgian team none of them had played volleyball previously, they finished fourth during their first and bit as games. A good touch from the Georgians they concede the point, they lead by two. They spoke very little English, they could still work together and finish fourth. They improved that effort to finish with the bronze medal. One of the fairytale runs to go through undefeated in Toronto to claim the gold medal. The only gold medal in the end it is games. A small nation in comparison to some of the larger teams of the 18 teams. A population of less than 5 million. Smaller than the city of Sydney. The host of the games this year. Doesn’t that show you the beauty of the games as well? These nations getting behind the movement. The purpose of a new sport to compete in something like this, if you were to tell Georgia Baker would win a gold medal at sitting volleyball they would have laughed initially, maybe they can go back to back and when it at Sydney. 15 competitors in the sitting volleyball team. That is not the number one Steffi Matz, the only woman on the team for Germany. Her serve comes a long way back from the end line. Locked at the net, falls on the side of Germany, a point for Georgia. You would need a metre and a half-back from that end line. They heard of Zirakashvili, the server. One of the reasons they are serving from far back is to put more power on the sick. A very gutsy move, you have to get back to the court on time. The opposition will be aiming for that spot. Number two moving into position to try to cover that space. Penalty going against Jaws the — Georgia for reaching over the net. Number one David Dardzuli. Theory is ready to defend and to block the Serb. — theory is. Nice work at the net. A reminder for those watching, seated volleyball, you are allowed to take serves. — tack serves. It’s quite effective. David Dardzuli with a nice point here. George are getting on top of Germany. Coming off a first round defeat to Romania. Let’s look at that replay for the breach. David Dardzuli the number one in the centre of your screen. Touching some of the tape. Trying to place it through. One of those things, you don’t mean to do it, in that moment, you are giving everything you’ve got to do the right thing for your team but we do slip up from time to time. Can you just imagine the velocity that ball is travelling at? Was he deliberately trying to do something like that? It is difficult, you do have to keep your hands behind the neck. Able-bodied volleyball you can reach beyond the net. I sitting volleyball you must stay behind the net with your upper body. Your lower body is allowed to cross the net. Nice block from the Germans. David Dardzuli going for the big smash. Found himself with the ball on his side. Blocked by Daniel Hendriock. Great work again, the team captain has had a couple of epic smashes, this time a crosscourt to come up with the big winner. Hard to hit and play when they hit them that hard. Number five for Georgia. They are adept with sports,. The rules are moving feast. The bureau should only be playing defensive. In the biggest games they have adapted some of the rules. Still on the 8-point buffer. Still more is being made inside the key Centre is well, in the early stages of this match, everybody was gathering their breath after the pulsating finish we saw in the game previous, if you went with us, victory for the UK, they have featured in the final in all three editions of the Invictus Games. Previously pushed to the brink by Georgia. Now George are trying to make their way through to the final four. Again you would be forgiven for thinking Georgia will run away with this. Given the scoreline at the moment, what we have seen today, you can’t do that. Germany back on serve. Daniel Hendriock can’t control his dig as well as he wanted to. Georgia a few points from closing out this opening set. Very flat serve. Great recovery. Too long for Germany. Unfortunately. Gudushauri has had a huge influence on this game. George are trying to close out the first set in QuickTime. Gudushauri serving. Georgia touching the net. Germany win the point. Some running repairs for Emmanuel Macron Boston are, putting his shoe back on. Defending in the middle of the court. Nice touch blocking the serve and closing out the first set. Zirakashvili, number eight. They take the first set. One set away from going through to the semifinals. To keep their title defence alive for the sitting volleyball at the Invictus Games. As you can see, both teams completely swapping sides. These are the highlights from the first set. Georgia and got out to a break early. Gordon number of points to project that lead after a fast start on serve. Such an experienced bunch now, the fourth Invictus Games together. The defending champions having won gold in Toronto, Germany playing sitting volleyball for the first time since the inaugural edition of the end is games. As you touched on during the commentary, some of those smashes are so hard to try to get back when they come at that velocity and angle. Straight at the ground. Gudushauri was outstanding, the number five shirt for Georgia, the team captain. In one thing we have seen an all three games we have broadcast, the team that moves the most on the court almost has the dominance. For each point, as you can see, George are moving all around the court at all times, really trying to anticipate what will happen from Germany, what they will do with the shop. Germany almost on the reactive side of things, trying to work out where will they put it, let’s say where we are and hope we get it over the net. Still trying hard in putting up the good fight but Georgia is too technical or two, skilful compared to this Germany team. One thing I note, Germany seems to have a very short bench in terms of the depth, the players want the rotating as much as the team line from Georgia. You are allowed a maximum of 12 players a team. How paste on the different classifications, you can only have a certain combination on the court at a certain stage. It was quite technical and it would take me 10 minutes to explain. Now is about time we start the second set. Hopefully Germany push Georgia all the way to the wire. The earlier game for Germany they lost against Romania. In the second set. 21-17. George are serving to start the second set. — Georgia. Catching the post. What it means in the context of the pool, Germany without a win, Rumania have one, Jordan have one. If Georgia can win here, they will go through to the semi-final tomorrow. Rumania is in the awkward position of not being able to dictate if they go through to the semifinals or not. They have to sit and watch, and hope Germany gets on top of Georgia. They’ll be keeping a close eye on this. As you said, hoping Germany can respond. In this second set. Jason Bourke on the screen, number two. Stephane horse. Number nine shirt at the centre of your screen for Germany. Stefan Huss, the team captain and the flag bearer on the opening night. He has already completed in the cycling. George back on serve. Be returned by Schmidt forced wide a crosscourt. Giorgi Jabakhidze continues to serve. Great block. How hard is that to try to get that back when you have a hand in your way. Such a good operator. Gudushauri. For anybody watching at home, I’m sure when you thought of sitting volleyball, you thought how hard could it be? Is we can see, it is quite a sport, the agility and precision on each touch is quite an amazing sport to watch. Zirakashvili appealing on a clip of the fingertips on the way too. His cross caught spike was long, a point for the Germans. Miscommunication by Germany. The player at the front court went to the back to try to help but put himself out of position to respond to the next step. Communication is a big part of this game, you need to be vocal with your teammates, at all times. Great dig over the net there. The big hand comes through with a swot. Right on the back near the line. Zirakashvili on your screen. Gudushauri. Continuing to serve, the cat in. — captain. German players looking at each other saying why did you touch that they thought that was going long, it came at speed. A nice touch, they could have blocked the serve and one the point for Germany. Germany down by three, the best they have done, so far. Touching the net. It acknowledges that. Zirakashvili. Germany down two as they continue to serve during the second set. So difficult to stop, mid- swing. Then he got it back for his team. They would have finished that without impeding on the net. Number nine shirt, number three to serve. Mirian Mirianashvili. Schmidt trying to recover. In terms of ratio, Georgia fans are very vocal. Only a few of them but so loud. Really getting behind the team. They must be very happy with what they are witnessing. A lot of those would-be family and friends. They only have 15 competitors at this Invictus Games. 10 of them are make up members of this sitting volleyball unit. Mirian Mirianashvili continues to serve. Reaching back over the block. Can Germany get back into this match? Theory flat serve from Mirian Mirianashvili. — vary. I wonder how much vision you have of the ball coming over the net with all the players in your way. Difficult to pick some of these up. Georgia and control. Eight points away from booking a place in the semi-final tomorrow. Gives you an appreciation of it here, a court level view of what the players see. That serve dipping over the top of the net. A real feature of the Georgian outfit today, Zirakashvili. The second one he did was amazing. A deft touch, over the net. That you gave you an appreciation of how hard it is to win as it comes over the net, so many bodies in the way. Some guesswork as well as reaction. I have grown in appreciation for the sport the more I have had the privilege of watching it, it’s quite fascinating. Georgia, a population less than 5 million. An Armed Forces of 27,000, at the person. Compared to Germany, the European nation they are up against a population of 80 million. The long touch by the Georgian outfit, number five is so an arm amputee. Manfred Faget competed in the cycling as well. Nice placement by David Dardzuli. George and control. Six away from a win. — in. Contact with the net is a ruling call. Germany close that gap. Manfred Faget to serve. It’s deep. Looked like it would land good, bit put off the Georgian captain. Great server game. Gudushauri. The touch is almost too long from Georgia. To get so much purchase on the ball, the height he was able to reach on the ball made so much difference. Got caught on the arm of the competitor. Georgia get the serve back. Two points away from closing out, the defending champions. Nice block from Schmidt. Burke for the set. It is landing short. That shows how important that touch is close to the net. You have to keep that proximity so close to give your teammates a chance to put that over the net. Pushing it back is that by a dead it made it high enough to get over the top. Time out reward on match point. Opportunities for Georgia to close out. They’ve got served, they’ll have to think about it. Do you think Georgia have what it takes to win that gold and go back to back? Best of the teams we have seen today was the UK. The second best team was Jordan. The last game, the quality was outstanding. It would be interesting to see how Georgia goes against a team like the UK. They do have good structure, their touch is quite nice. It is safe to say Germany has not pushed them as much as UK would. The man serving is part of that outfit. Giglemiani on serve. The defending champs, George, going to take it to the final four. They prevail and comprehensive fashion over Germany. They will represent C in the semi-final. Georgia close out against Germany. There is a group of 20 going crazy for Georgia. Twice the amount of players we see out here playing. They are carrying crosses and loving it. They will be back here in full swing. Germany fought valiantly but they were outclassed by the Georgian team. The quality was outstanding, the big question is what would happen against a team like UK? The UK are through. We know that. Georgia will join them. Poland in the final, head of us the United States against the Netherlands. The last back show of the session three at the key centre. Let’s take a look at the story of the match should. Germany in the red shirts. We saw a couple of huge smashes from the captain. The Georgian captain was pivotal for everything. Didn’t this man like things up as well off the net. Infectious smile from Zirikashvili.>>It is not just about the power, it is about the placement. Making contact with an opponent or a court, Canada, not Canada, Germany were just responding as opposed to being the aggressor or being the dictator. That is how it ended, the two nations coming together with flags from both nations stretched out. Some nice images, as the two nations posing for the snappers.>>That is the spirit of the Invictus Games right out. Going together as one, showing the spirit of not only Invictus but sport in general.>>Georgia going through to the semifinal, one match still to come. The Quaycentre, the home of the sitting volleyball here at Sydney Olympic Park, we are reaching a conclusion here in session three, the first day of completion for sitting volleyball, it continues tomorrow, and the evening session is a real feature coming up, the semifinals tomorrow and the medal matches for bronze in gold. Before that the pool games come to their conclusion, and the bright orange can only mean one thing, the Netherlands are out on the floor as they prepare for their final pool match. They had one game earlier, beaten by Estonia and the other side, you can see the Stars & Stripes and the tricolours of the United States. Let’s take a look at the standings from pool B, and Estonia are two from two, matches that they have played, they came from a set down to defeat United States in the deciding set a short time ago, 15-8. Meanwhile the Netherlands dropped their earlier match against Estonia. Estonia are going through, they will be the team to represent their pool in the semifinal tomorrow, Paul D. — pool D. The United States have a rich history in this event, and in team sports generally out of the nine medals that have been up for grabs, they have won gold on four occasions, that is across the volleyball, the rugby and the basketball. The first time they will not have a team sport on the podium, this will be where they campaign will end of the sitting volleyball crew of the Sydney games. A lot of great stories amongst them: Leicester can look at the Dutch lineup, they have a much smaller team as far as personnel is concerned. As we bring the curtain down on the pool stages for the United States and the Netherlands.>>I think this game will be an absolute thriller. Estonia have already gone through to the semifinals, both these teams are playing for pride. From what I understand, both teams fought valiantly against Estonia, so it will be interesting to get a pair. I wonder if the Dutch having a smaller size team might play a part. They will not be able to have as many rotations as a team like the USA might be able to full up it will be interesting to see how this one starts. The two starting lineups as they were their way into position. I must admit I am a big fan of the uniforms of the. They have decided — of the United States. They have decided to go with the singlets, we have seen a mixture of singlet and shirts throughout the pool stages today. The strapping tape that they have as well, in the Stars & Stripes. There is the Netherlands, the bright orange. And now the introductions. Wouter Bakker worked his way on to the court first. The number five is Mark van de Kuilen who we saw yesterday. Let’s take a look at the United States lineup. It is almost basketball uniforms.>>I am not against that at all, the dream team. First onto the floor is Ed O’Neal. The headband with the American flag, emblazoned on it, from Valerio. Pacheco wave to the crowd as he takes his seat in the back of the court. All in readiness the last of the pool stage. The United States and the Netherlands. Before our focus shifts to the semifinals tomorrow. It is going to be Joyce van den Waardenburg to serve. The Libero is on the floor straightaway, Mark Eldridge in a navy singlet at the bottom of your screen. It seems attacking at the net. The first point going the way of the Dutch, thanks to Dudink. Didn’t lift that one over the net, there for was contact on the net. A bit of a run here by the Dutch. Now three points in a row have been won on serve. Drifts wide. Well left by the United States. United States back on serve. It is all in the net so far, both teams. Quick touches, trying to keep it up. We have seen this throughout, you cannot serve with the same ball twice in a row. Change your balls there.>>I would assume that is due to perspiration, a bit of sweat on the ball, which is why they clean the ball after each point to make sure the other team has a fair advantage in returning the law. — the ball. Always like a bit of improvisation. Throwing the shoe ads, didn’t quite work on this occasion. — throwing the shoe at it. Just a little white hair. From Ed O’Neill. An early time out, just trying to regain their composure and get back in this one because the Dutch have started well. Four point advantage early in the first set. Only to before competitors here at the Invictus Games, out of 50,000 active personnel in the Dutch Armed Forces. Yet to win a gold medal in team sport, they have won numerous golds in other events. Let’s have a look at that last point. Ed O’Neil pushing a little too wide. It is a four point buffer. Population over 17 million, competed at all four Invictus Games, the Netherlands. Paying particular interest in here as the next post of the Invictus Games in 2020. — host. Little touch there are think. The Netherlands pick up lurked off. — where they left off. Very, very difficult. Heather Carter is on her first minute, she has the sweeper’s Lou singlet on. There is going to be another change here. Great touch there. Tremendous blocking of the net from the Netherlands. A fist bump, happy with that. 9-4, it is a 5-point break. The serve of Bakker. Great recovery by USA. To go from a defensive point there to really fighting for that, they did a great job to regain the serve. But they have not unable to bring back the margin inside four points yet, so they need to get a couple in a row. Danielle Pothoof to serve. Great touch. Nice defence at the net from the United States. Such an imposing figure, up tall, keeping the buttocks on the ground but able to get those hands over the top of the shot. Pothoof continues to serve. Seven to the USA, nine to the Dutch. Great serve, great grab. Perfect placement. Forcing the USA to play at it, to make the recovery deep in the corner there. Michael Sousadocarma is on the serve you. It seems like the USA really you’ve got themselves into this now, they are a lot more composed, a lot more structured and they were earlier in the match. They are bringing themselves back into this battle. Buttocks off the ground. Must have at least one key, court when striking the ball. Both are raised, it is a point to the opposition. Ed O’Neil, the oldest member of the team. 11-8 and a 3-point buffer. Serve back with the US. Doug Norman. Doug Norman to serve. It drifts wide off the hand of Dudink. Neck and neck, 10-11. Just one in it in the last of the pool matches, the United States and the Netherlands here in pool D. Estonia is already going through to the semifinals tomorrow. With three teams in each pool, 12 nations in total split into four different pools of three, the top nation in each goes through and it has a ready been decided, so the action ahead of us tomorrow, a four of competition, Tuesday locally in Australia, Poland will play the UK and on the other side of the draw, Estonia will play Georgia. A couple of nations that do not ordinarily feature at the pointy end of the sitting volleyball competition, or haven’t in previous Invictus Games with new nations such as Australia and Poland making the final four, and the UK who have made the final in all three additions and Georgia, the defending champions.>>At the moment they are deliberating how many points are — players are on the court at anyone said. As you can see, Ed O’Neill in the middle of your screen, just rising off the ground to make that strike. We are just checking to see whether the Netherlands have made an illegal substitution. That is going to be checked by the officials, which is the reason for the delay. It has been a tremendous session so far if you are just joining us. It started with the host nation Australia up against France, the Aussies dropped the first set, fought back to win the second and took out the match. If we thought that was good, Jordan and the UK had the match of the day so far. It has been deemed an illegal substitution and as a result the sub has been reversed and the number two, Stefan Nommensen is back on the court. In the most recent match, Georgia defeating Germany to make it through to the semifinals. All is well now, here we go. The US down by one, serving. Norman. — Doug Norman. Van de Kuilen, he is the flag bearer here in Sydney and the captain of the Dutch team. Van den Waardenburg just slamming her spike straight into the outstretched hands of Sousadocarma.>>As you can see that was a little bit too close to the net, when the ball is close to that it acted much easier for the block is to be able to return it. You need to leave that space to create some angle so you have some court to aim for. A very delicate touch there. That was all that they needed. US up by two. That is a better placement. Much easier to workable like that on to one side then over the net when there are two people trying to block the shot. As you can see there is a huge differential and is. — huge difference. Great spike. Sousadocarma with the crosscourt brings about the winner. Dawn Marie Page he would have just seen, she is on for her first minute to the United States. 13-13. Van den Waardenburg a little long on the server. Another change, Ed O’Neill checks out. Stephanie Johnson is on. Very tightly poised first set we are seeing here, 14 USA, 13 Netherlands. Sousadocarma again just finding the space, a deft touch. Dropping in front. US up by two. Slipping straight off the fingertips. chest three point Break for the United States. A big strike crosscourt. Made it really awkward. This service game of Stephanie Johnson. Came straight on is having the media impact, four consecutive points. Look out flat and direct this serve is, it makes it very hard to return. Miscommunication between the Dutch competitors in the back row. Five in a row for Johnson. She has the hot hand on the serve. Nice block. That one was too easy to be able to dip take what was happening. Too low to the net making it easy for the defence to return that one. Well placed on the end line. The Dutch needed that point. They needed to go back to back can they do it again. Down three near the end of the first set. Back to back points. Not enough on the serve. Not happy. He waxes right hand into the court. The US to serve. How a great server game. Service game gone to the USA at the moment. Placement perfect. One more hit for the set. Page follows. The Dutch really needed that point. Smashed straight into the hands game. Great save. Wow. Explain this to us. The server crossed the plane of the court. Their buttocks made contact with the line. The point went against the Dutch should. USA win the first set, 21-17. An anti-climax Que to close it out. By no means have they got this match wrapped up. The Dutch are really fighting. What not be surprised if they come out fighting in the second. We saw them earlier against East only are they took the first set, drop the second. Ultimately lost the third and deciding set. These are the highlights. Perfect placement deep in the court. Bringing about a winner for the Netherlands. A number of fine service, perfectly placed, head of the back court scrambling. A perfect block. That was the last point. The fault on the service. The buttocks on the line. That’s how it ended. Anti-climax, this game is far from over. The Dutch really finding their way. Even against East only are they fought valiantly. They lost the first set, lost the second set. The stoning are the team going through to the semifinals, both teams fought well against dystonia. The Dutch are still in this match. — dystonia. The US taking that set of Estonia. We will see Estonia here tomorrow in the semi-final, they play Georgia, the defending champs. The Prime Minister, the president of Estonia, the first woman ever to be president of Estonia, in Australia across the weekend, she was at the sailing and the opening ceremony. The first Estonian president to ever visit Australian soil, a momentous team. The US and the Netherlands about to start the second set of their final game here. It is the number two, Doug Norman will serve first. As you can see, from the structure, the Dutch are in two lines, three and three. The US more spread out when you see them responding. Very hard to be able to respond to block like that when it comes down so quickly. Unfortunately for the Dutch, could not keep that one in play. Plenty of support for the USA. Norman with a crosscourt serve carried on. A nice touch from Carlos Valerio. A big start by the US. Not the start the Dutch were after but I’m sure they can bring decade. Doug Norman continues. He finds the floor. Jacco Dudink. He was attacked in southern Sudan in 2012 trying to rescue a driver bailed out that an illegal checkpoint. The oldest member of the Dutch team, Jacco Dudink. Scrambling, not quite able to get there, Eldritch. The Dutch fighting their way back into this. Early advantage USA, Dutch fighting all the way through. That serve did not make it over by Jacco Dudink. He will participate in the archery as he did in 2017, accompanied by his wife and daughter out here in Australia for the Invictus Games, fourth edition. Stephanie Johnson. She decided that first set. A superb serving performance, she takes her seat at the back of the court straightaway. A little short on the serve. That was a block straight back over the net. US up by three having taken the first set. He served here from Stefan Nommensen. Two people going for the ball at the same time making it hard for the other Dutch teammates to work out what was happening. Lack of communication. Stefan Nommensen. Has competed in four different events. Great communication by the US. Jacco Dudink. Just catching the line. Like to see that one in slow motion. Wow! One of the best rallies of the match so far. Pure reaction. Pure reaction. Timeout call. The Dutch desperately trying to hold this momentum generated by the US. Let’s take a look at that previous point. Pure reflex is to keep it alive. Just catching some of the tape on the way through. This reaction here was vital. That touch of air. That is celebrations all around for the US. The US leading 9-3. Already up a sect. He mentioned for events for Stefan Nommensen. . Also for Vermetten. Joyce van den Waardenburg. Great touch there. Touch of the net by the US. Pacheco. Not overly chuffed with that call. Great gig at the back of the court. So many great calls. Pacheco stepped on an explosive device. Had a below the knee amputation. Was part of the Marine Corps. He is now a qualified marine combat instructor, the first amputee ever to complete the course. A real trailblazer. Jason Pacheco, number 10 on the bottom of your screen and the white singlet for the United States. A nice touch on it from project go, right on cue. It shows you how the — how importantly servers, the power show in with the serve makes a huge difference. Net play a game won by the USA. 10 point advantage. Looking very relaxed. All out a crosscourt wishing that wide. Joyce van den Waardenburg. Trying to reach for that, dropping short. If I was the Dutch I would almost pull the players back from the net. It seems as if the servers are taking advantage of the back court heard. Sousadocarma having plenty of fun. One of 321-year-old said this and that is games. At this Invictus Games. This is a lining service game. Still going. Two points to close out. Great dig deepin the court. Norman pushes and long. If you have enjoyed the sitting volleyball today, tomorrow the semifinals. Poland against the UK followed by the Stonier and Georgia. Cannot wait to watch those teams go at it. The sitting volleyball reaches its conclusion. We have wheelchair rugby, the following two days, we conclude with wheelchair basketball on the last two days of competition. The third and — edition of the Invictus Games. 15 match points. Ed O’Neil comes on for the handfuls top. Pacheco serving. Joyce van den Waardenburg gets a point. I know I am romantic, but can they come back? In a word, no. Just a matter of time for the US. Norman goes straight up the middle with the spike. US end with a win. They beat the Netherlands, and comprehensive fashion. The final game of the sitting volleyball. Losing to Estonia. Netherlands fought well but the United States were too strong in the final stages of the second set. Such is the nature of this competition, not the last time we will see a lot of these competitors. Daniel Lee is out there and singlet number eight. Already 12 gold medals in the cycling and the time trial. Ryan McIntosh we will see in the archery. –. Michael Sousadocarma, 21, he is in five different events, the most of any of the American competitors, here in Sydney, a team of 70. Like the United Kingdom, an extensive process to get to 70. You think about the fact the US Armed Forces, have more than 2 million, the United States a population of 327 million, 2 million people in the US Armed Forces on at the service. — active service. The founder of the Warrior games which acted as the inspiration for the end that is games, the inspiration for Prince Harry to launch the Invictus Games, a continuation of the Warrior games, as well as participants and winners of numerous occasions, hosts of the Invictus Games back in 2016, in Orlando. It’s take a look at the highlights. The United States and the Netherlands. A hotly contested opening set. We talked about the Netherlands with limited numbers compared to the US, who have such deep on the bench. Only eight or nine competitors for Netherlands and the sitting volleyball. There didn’t seem like they were, it did seem like they were worn down by the US. The US just dominant through this game, they were in the right position at the right time, the control and composure. Their placement with sets and digs. Those blocks were vital. The Dutch went quick enough to respond to that ricochet ball. Nice performance by the US. They have been on the podium in every single team sport previously. Let’s go to Amanda she has Ed O’Neil with her. How nice is it to finish off this sitting volleyball competition with a win? It finished earlier than we hoped, that’s the way it goes, it is nice to come out with one victory. The Netherlands played pretty well, we beat them though, that’s it. The match against Estonia, how heartbreaking was to lose those circumstances? It is heartbreaking to come all this way, they were ready to win and we lost. That’s fine. Reflecting on this competition, what can you take, team US from this competition moving forward as a team, how you performed in the spirit you have shown? A great question, the atmosphere, the people getting together with other serving countries and other service people has been a great experience for everybody on the team. Also the sitting volleyball team. Appreciate your time. Thank you. Ed O’Neil, the captain of the volleyball team, so many great stories to tell. A proud military history. It’s take a look at the pools and how they finished. Poland on top with victories over Australia and France. Australia lose over the French. George got their way through with two wins. Romania started the day that tree against Germany, first up. Pool C, the UK with two wins, the classic matchup against Jordan in this final session on day three of competition, will live in the memory for a long time. Afghanistan done a lot of competed in two of those games earlier today. I pool D Stonier make it through. They pushed the US in the second set to close them out. United States got a win over the Netherlands just now. All set up for the semifinals tomorrow. Poland play the UK. The UK had featured in every final, Poland doing their best to keep them out of it tomorrow in the semi-final, on the other side of the draw, Estonia against Georgia, the defending champions. . Can’t wait for tomorrow. Hope you can join us then. 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