Australians were standing on a World Cup podium three times. Each time they lacked a little bit of luck. "Kangaroos" duets were second every time, slightly losing with the winners.
First medal for the team from Antipodes was won by Phil Crump, who has been in fantastic disposition and John Boulger. 9 points gathered by the second of them wasn't enough to defeat great Swedes. That way in 1974 in Manchester, Australians won a silver medal.
For the next succes Australians waited 9 years. Goeteborg (Sweden) was the host of Best Pairs World Cup in 1983. That time great fight between England and Australia took place. On the finish of the tournament both pairs were separated by only a point! England pair Kenny Carter - Peter Collins won and "Kangaroos" were second again. Billy Sanders (15 points) was in a great disposition that day, and Gary Guglielmi (9 points) was a little bit worse.
Third and for this time last medal for Australia was won in 1990 in Landshut (Germany). Pair from Antipodes was fighting with Danes. Todd Wiltshire was the best on a track that day. Important points was gathered by Leigh Adams too, but that wasn't enough for Scandinavians. At the end Danes were 2 points better than Australia and "Kangaroos" were second third time.
In this year Best Pairs tournament is back in speedway calendar. On 8th June on Motoarena 7 international pairs will stand for a fight for victory. Australians will be one of them. The leader of "Kangaroos" team will be Chris Holder - actual World Champion. His partner will be Darcy Ward, who is giving compliments to his teammate: - He's a great partner for this type of competition. We're riding for the same team in Poland and England and we are understanding each other well on the track. Both riders are gathering points for Unibaks Toruń and knowledge of the local track can be a key to succes. Altough Ward is now injured and we don't know how his health will look like on 8th June, but we must realise that Australia have a lot of great riders, who will be able to replace their national teammate.