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Australia and Canada qualify for Canada Cup Semi-Finals

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Australia and Canada sealed their places in the semi-finals of the Canada Cup while the nightmare run continued for New Zealand in the day session of day two on Friday in Vancouver.

Australia continued their threatening form in the opening game of the day as they were able to manage a convincing victory over Sweden 65-53 to seal their place in the semi-finals.

Great Britain gave their Semi-Final chances a massive chance after they won their match 50-29, not even letting Switzerland have a look in, as the Swiss were held to the lowest score of the tournament so far.

Switzerland started the match well but it was all Great Britain after that early scare as team GB rushed out to an 11-6 lead at the end of the first quarter despite stern Swiss resistance.

The Swiss improved offensively in the second half, but unfortunately for the Swiss that came at the sacrifice of their defense as the British attacked again and pushed out to a 25-13 lead.

The third quarter was much tighter, with Switzerland putting pressure on the British but still could not contain team GB enough as the British pushed the lead to 37-23 after three.

Great Britain flew away from the Swiss in the final quarter as they held Switzerland to just six goals, closing out a 50-29 win.

Japan gave the hosts an almighty scare in the final pool game, but Canada eventually proved too strong as they finished out 66-55 winners.

New Zealand’s nightmare run at the tournament continued in the final game of the morning session as the Wheelblacks gave up a winning position to fall to a 51-50 loss after two overtime periods.

With the two teams level at the end of the first quarter, New Zealand came alive and broke through in the second period as they held a 20-25 lead at half-time.

The Wheelblacks continued that in the second half and kept things going building up to a six goal lead at the end of the third quarter.

But the fourth quarter saw Denmark come back and right on the buzzer Thor Johansson scored a goal to level scores and send it to overtime.

With 16 seconds to play, Barney Koneferenisi scored, putting the Wheelblacks one away but giving the ball back to Denmark. Good work returned the ball to New Zealand but they were closed out by the solid Danish defense to be consigned defeat.

At the end of the morning session Canada and Australia sealed their places to the Semi-Finals with Japan and Great Britain in the box seats to clinch the second positions.

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