Australia and Canada have opened their Canada Cup 2014 campaign on top form while for Switzerland and New Zealand it was a day to forget as competition got underway on Thursday night.
The Olympic Champions got the tournament off to a frantic start as they tore Switzerland, thrown to the lions, apart with a convincing Australia win 62-43. What excited for the Australians was the ability to try new combinations.
With the game looking relatively safe, Australia were able to experiment and play with different combinations, utilizing their new high point player, Matthew Lewis giving their star, Ryley Batt some time to rest.
That win saw Australia stamp the credentials as title winners, as they look to win the trophy that has eluded them for so long going right to the top of the rankings.
An all European affair was on the second court as Great Britain, continuing their impressive growth after the 2012 Paralympics, managed an impressive win over the European Champions, beating Sweden 39-49, in what may be considered an early shock. While Great Britain were always capable of downing Sweden, the margin of victory makes the result especially impressive.
The noon session saw two big results with Canada establishing themselves as second place with a 62-47 win over Denmark to keep the pressure on Australia.
On the other court, Japan showed their quality and improvement over recent years, as they aim to be a force at the World Championships in August and they got past New Zealand 51-47 in a tight match.
The first games of the evening session saw Sweden manage to bounce back rapidly, showing that they are deserving of their relatively high tanking as they managed a 50-42 win over rivals Switerland.
A fledgling rivalry took place on the main court as Australia and Great Britain, two sides with a strong sporting rivalry elsewhere, faced eachother and Australia continued to show that they will be a real contender, not just for this tournament but also the World Championship as the Steelers made light work of the British, winning 63-46.
The final session on the first day saw Japan continue to show that they have a real chance of winning this title as they pushed past Denmark to seal a 58-50 win that leaves them undefeated in the opening day.
The last match on the main court saw the hosts continue the pain for New Zealand as they made light work of the Wheel Blacks, claiming the 62-45 victory that kept Australia under pressure and made it a day to forget for New Zealand.
At the end of Day one Australia tops the standings, just four goals clear of Canada, while Japan finish the day as the only other side undefeated.
Sweden and Great Britain sit fourth and fifth respectively while Switzerland, Denmark and New Zealand prop up the standings, without a win, with Switzerland sitting at the bottom of the standings.