19 December 2007

Aussie Spirit

So the Aussie Women won Spirit at the World Beach Championships in Brazil.

This adds to a long list of Australian spirit winners at international tournaments.

Australia has won Spirit in at least one division at an amazing string of World Championships (Worlds, World Clubs and Beach Worlds):
  • King Brown - Open - WUCC1997
  • King Brown - Open - WUCC1999
  • Thorny Devils - Women - WUGC2000
  • King Brown - Open - WUCC2002
  • Thunder - Junior Mens - WUGC2004
  • Barramundis - Mixed - WUGC2004
  • Crocs - Mixed - World Games 2005
  • Thunder - Junior Mens - WJUC2006
  • Terra - Junior Womens - WJUC2006
  • Fear Discinsonia - Masters - WUCC2006
  • Phoenix - Women - WUCC2006
  • Fakulti - Open - WUCC2006
  • Blokes and Sheilas - Mixed - WUCC2006
  • Australia - Women - WBUC2007
  • Australia - Junior Women - WUGC2008
Australia hasn't missed out since 1998. Amazing. And there are at least 10 other top 6 finishes in that period too. I think the Wombats realised this pattern only requires winning Spirit at World Championships, so they gave other teams a chance at the recent Asia-Oceania Champs :) Plus they had Woodley :)

Correction: there was no Spirit award in Taiwan - I'd assumed another team won it. You're off the hook for now, Woodley.

And as for what happened before 1997... well, the records for our sport are pretty incomplete. Who wants to be a historian for our sport? I'll back you.


  1. I love how Woodley defends himself against accusations of not being spirited, however the fact remains that AUG 2007 was Ballarat's first tournament in three years without Woodley and/or Troy Booth on the team and we won spirit. Draw your own conclusions.

  2. Hmm, perhaps we need some thorough testing to work out Woodley's innate spirit of the game...

  3. there was no spirit award in Taiwan so we'll never know Woodley's influence....

  4. you forgot the 'mundis in 04...

  5. too many spirit winners! I'll add the Mundis

  6. And the trend continues at WUGC2008: the Southern Terra (Junior Women) win Spirit again.

    The rest of the 2008 spirit scores are here.