Serbia Montenegro Men's Open, Budva
From 26 May To 30 May 2004

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Canadians press ahead in Serbia and Montenegro
Budva, Serbia and Montenegro, May 27, 2004 - Solid performances and impressive results were the order of the day for the Canadian men's Beach Volleyball pairs at the 2004, Swatch FIVB World Tour in Budva, Serbia and Montenegro on Thursday. Teams Jody Holden- Ahren Cadieux, John Child and Mark Heese and Conrad Leinemann and Richard Van Huizen all enjoyed victories in their first games of the day.

Jody Holden and Ahren Cadieux downed South African pair Gershon Rorich and Colin Pocock by 2-0 (21-17, 23-21) in a match that lasted 38minutes. "We knew the South Africans haven't been on the tour very long but they're big guys and sometimes you don't know exactly what they are going to throw at you," Jody Holden said after the match. "We came out with a strategy of being relaxed, controlled and smooth but that didn't work very well because they started getting some points off us so we had to refocus a little."

Asked what the team's hopes were for the rest of the tournament, Holden stated, "You can go right to the end if you are playing well, sometimes it's not the team on the other side of the net it's in your own mind, you're playing against yourself. We just have to do the job on our end and then anything can happen."

Elsewhere, John Child and Mark Heese eased past Italian newcomers Andrea Cordovana and Sandro Tomatis by 2-0, (21-12, 21-14). "I thought it was pretty good that we were steady for the most part," John Child admitted following the encounter. "They're a big team and big hitters for sure. They're fairly new and made some control errors to give us some points, but I'm sure they will get a lot better very quickly, they're just pretty inexperienced right now."

Pressed on how far he expects his team to go, Child noted, "If we qualify for the main draw we will refocus from there and see what happens. Our goal is obviously to get to the Olympics and because we missed a lot of tounaments in the last year and a half, we're in a difficult spot at the moment. We're going to have to play well for the next six weeks this summer and of course we want to win a gold medal."

Canadian team Conrad Leinemann and Richard van Huizen were made to work by Latvian outfit Janis Grinbergs and Austris Stals who took the Canadians to three sets in a match that lasted over an hour. The final scoreboard read 17-21, 23-21, 19-17 in favour of Canada.

Although his team were on the losing team, Janis Grinbergs was smiling and reflective after the match, "We played okay but we were making some stupid mistakes and the final scoreboard told the story, said Grinbergs. "Of course our opponents are a very good team but we lost the match on our mistakes. But it's not a problem, it was only our first game and this is double elimination so we still hope to move forward," he added.