Andy's Blog: Days 2 and 3 of the 2014 Japan Para Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

Day 2

The second day of competition saw a lot of great competition. Canada A split their two games with some excellent team play in the second game versus Japan A. Canada B played the most exciting game of the tournament so far, losing in OT to Japan B 56-59, but, the deuces lineup held the battle very well until and unfortunate turnover in the last minute of play.

Today is the real day for us with Canada A taking on Japan A for the gold medal and Canada B taking on Japan B for the bronze. An All-star game will follow with Canada 's best 12 taking on Japan's best 12.  We plan on winning all three games today.

Staff and coaches have done  an excellent job working four games a day! Lots of rugby! Our attention is also slightly towards the Typhoon that is scheduled to hit us on Monday. The local people are talking about it as a 'big' one but today it has been slightly downgraded and slowing down, so we are hopeful that we will depart on time and touch down on Monday just in time to get the last Thanksgiving leftovers!

Happy Thanksgiving from Team Canada in Japan.

Day 3

Canada wins gold ! An amazing, strong effort from Canada A saw us bring home the gold by defeating Japan A 56-54.

Zak, Travis, Miranda and Cody played almost the whole game, executing superbly throughout the match. Japan played their world championship top two lines the whole game, but it was not enough.  Garett coached extremely well managing the pace of the game with timeouts and tactical play.

Canada B played extremely well in the bronze medal match losing a close game and playing better as the game progressed. Zak, Pico and Miranda were named to the tournament 'dream team'.

During the exhibition match, Canada Select beat Japan Select 55-48 in a final rugby battle to end off a great tournament.  With gold in our pockets, Team Canada heads home with great rugby memories and lots of learning from the experience.  Great job to the coaches and staff who pulled 4 games a day ! Thank you to our fans supporting us back in Canada !