Peter Dalrymple gears up for Powerchair Asian Cup

FOUR of Asia's best teams will battle it out for continental bragging rights this week at the Asia Pacific Oceania Powerchair Football Zone Cup in Sydney.

Australia will field two teams in the tournament against Japan with Kellyville's Peter Dalrymple leading the line for Australia's top ranked side.

The 22-year-old Northcott Parramatta client was a member of Australia's last World Cup campaign in 2012 where the Poweroos finished seventh out of the world's top 10 countries.

"At the World Cup in France I played goalkeeper so being a striker this time round will be very different," Dalrymple said.

Dalrymple who scored four goals at November's National Championships said his biggest challenge playing striker was his lack of peripheral vision.

"I can't turn my head [with my condition] so I have to trust my teammates more and develop a better positional understanding with them."

Australia will go into the tournament as slight underdogs against the Japanese who sit three places above them in the FIPFA World rankings.

Dalrymple believes Australia will have to focus on defence to beat the two Japanese teams who posses a quick passing game with plenty of movement.

"Japan's a very strong team in our region and they finished fifth at last year's World Cup," Dalrymple said.

"We're aiming to be competitive and spring an upset if we stick to our game plan."

The three-day Asia Pacific Oceania Powerchair Football Zone Cup tournament starts on Thursday at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre.

The story Peter Dalrymple gears up for Powerchair Asian Cup first appeared on Hills News.

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