RICHMOND, B.C. _ It was another learning experience for Team Switzerland at the Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament Saturday morning.
The Swiss held their own early but eventually lost 60-37 to the powerful Team U.S.A. The win improved the Americans to 4-0 while Switzerland dropped to 0-3.
Switzerland is a minnow in a sea of sharks at the Canada Cup. They are ranked No. 14 in the world and are the only team at the tournament who won’t be playing in this summer’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Still, the tournament is proving to be an excellent classroom.
“To play at this level is an awesome possibility for us,” said playing coach Adrian Moser. “We don’t expect any special things.
“We want to improve our game step by step. I’m satisfied now.”
The Swiss national team has 10 players but only six were able to make the trip to the Canada Cup. One of them is 17-year-old Silvana Hegglin who only recently took up the sport.
“With these six they get a lot of playing time,” said Moser.
Switzerland lost their opening match 53-38 to Sweden then were beaten 61-42 by Australia.
Moser has seen improvement in each game.
“When we started against Sweden, we were not that good,” he said. “We stepped up against Australia.
“In this game (against the U.S.) the beginning was really good for us. We can see we have improved a lot.”
The competition ends Sunday.