The Australian Mixed Open touch football team recently won its division at the Touch Football World Cup in Malaysia from April 30 to May 3, and team manager Ash Mewburn couldn't be prouder of her side.
Australia were among the favourites in the Mixed Open division, and came into the tournament in good form following a hard-earned victory in the Trans-Tasman series which took place in late 2018.
"The gold was in our sights, but not for one moment did we think we had already won it," Mewburn said.
"Placing first in our pool was our first goal that we wanted to achieve."
The final was played against New Zealand, and after trailing for most of the match, Mewburn said that Australia clinched victory in the dying minutes.
"It was really hard, we were down by one the whole game," she said.
"It wasn't until the last three minutes we evened it up to six all, and in the last minute-and-a-half we scored to make it 7-6 to win."
The win was thrilling for Mewburn and the team, particularly as it was over New Zealand, Australia's perennial rivals.
"We have a bit of a love-hate relationship, being fierce rivals and competitors," Mewburn said.
"We always look forward to versing the New Zealand team. With greatest respect, we know that we're always going to be up for a challenge and we always know that we are going to have to be on our best game every time we verse them."
Mewburn has now managed the Australian Mixed Opens side for two years, and she said that it has been a "privilege and an honour to represent at the highest level.
"I'm always learning how I can better myself [and] better the athletes."
While Mewburn's success at the World Cup was highly pleasing, she was not the only Goulburn local to represent her country at the highest level of the sport.
Local touch football player and coach, Sophie Broadhead, also travelled to Malaysia for the World Cup as part of the Australian Women's 27s side.
Broadhead and her team did themselves proud, finishing second in the round stages before they progressed to finals. They also played New Zealand in the grand final, and went down in a nailbiting contest, 4-5.
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