As the curtain falls on the 2018 WWRC Test Event, Team Canada returns home with their heads held high after producing a series of strong performances, despite finishing in fourth place.
Team Canada started the tournament’s round robin play by defeating New Zealand 54 – 44, in a match in which they took the lead early and never looked back.
Next up, was a tough clash versus Australia’s Victoria Protect Thunder, an experienced team which featured many Australian National Team members, such as Matt Lewis and Jayden Warn. This was hard-hitting affair which managed to remain tight until the start of the fourth quarter, when the Thunder managed to pull away and win 60 - 53.
Canada would bounce-back from this disappointing loss immediately, by winning their next two games; 58 – 49 against Suncorp Queensland Cyclones and 61 – 60 against GIO New South Wales Gladiators. The second of those two wins was a tense nail biting contest, in which Canada and NSW traded the lead several times throughout the match. However, a last minute score by Travis Murao followed by a big defensive stop secured the win for Canada.
Canada’s final round robin match was against undefeated Japan. A win would have seen Canada reach the Gold Medal match, while a loss would have seen them compete for Bronze.
Despite a strong start, unfortunately it wasn’t Canada’s day as they were defeated 59 – 49. As a result, Canada finished third in the round robin, with three wins and two losses.
A rematch against NSW for the Bronze Medal was, therefore, on the cards.
The rematch, however, was not like their first encounter and NSW came out victorious 65 – 54. It meant Canada would finish in fourth place.
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It was not the end of the tournament Canada wanted, but overall, there was a strong feeling of positivity throughout the team. They had performed well as a team and had come away from Sydney with a wealth of experience that will surely help in their preparations for the 2017 Americas Championship in September as well as next year’s World Championship.
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What’s next for Team Canada?
Team Canada will be competing at the upcoming IWRF 2017 Americas Championship, which will be held from September 3rd – 10th in Asunción, Paraguay. Seven nations are expected to compete in this event, with the top two finishers earning spots at next year’s World Championship.
More information regarding rosters, schedules and coverage will be announced soon.