Batchelor targets a repeat display
3:18pm Friday 1st August 2014 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, email@example.com, @AndyWarren_
ROBINS number one Troy Batchelor wants his Australia side to put in a repeat performance at Bydgoszcz tomorrow night as they target their first World Cup victory since 2012.
The Australian negotiated the Race-Off at the Polish venue on Thursday night to set up a final clash with hosts Poland, Alun Rossiter’s Great Britain side and Peter Kildemand’s Denmark.
Batchelor knows he, Chris Holder, Darcy Ward and Jason Doyle will all need to perform at their best to take the title, but insisted it is far from beyond his side.
"Obviously there is a lot of work ahead of us for Saturday and some tough teams. It’s going to be a tough meeting,” he told www.monsterenergyswc.com.
“Even though we didn’t want to race last night, we’ve still learnt some things to take into Saturday and we’ll see if we can use them to our advantage. We got some good feedback from the track and all of us had a solid meeting. We were very quick.
“It’s definitely there for the taking. I’m sure every team is thinking the same thing. It all comes down to putting it all together on Saturday.
“We need a solid team performance. We can’t just have three guys going well. We need all four scoring big, a little bit of luck and the gates working out at the right time. We’ll do our best, start fresh and just go for gold.”
The four Aussies have been racing against each other since their early teens, meaning a gold medal would be extra special.
Batchelor said: “I’ve been racing against all of these guys since I was about 12 years old and Darcy when I was even younger.
“We’ve been racing together for 13 years. So to grow up together and win something together would be awesome. We can’t count our chickens before we get it done, but it’s there for the taking.”