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Australia win 2014 Canada Cup

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Australia have won their second Canada Cup title, while condemning the hosts to a third straight final loss, while Japan won the Bronze medal match in finals day on Saturday afternoon at Richmond Olympic Oval.

In an expectantly tight third place playoff both Japan and Great Britain fought out an entertaining game as the two teams traded points on a regular basis, with neither side able to get the upper hand.

That trend continued throughout the first quarter with Japan holding on to a goal late in the quarter to keep it at 13-13 at the end of the first.

Both teams continued to fight for every goal as the two squads tried to break clear in the second quarter as the game remained tight, keeping it at 25 a piece at half-time.

The third saw Japan go for the game, and they made some turnovers which allowed them to shoot out to a four goal lead, which they held through to the end of the quarter at 38-34.

Facing a loss, the British came out in the fourth quarter and forced two turnovers to cut the deficit down, to 42-40.

But Japan fought back and got the lead back out to four, a lead that would stick as they won the Bronze medal with a 52-48 win.

The Final saw a replay of the 2012 Paralympic Final as Canada took on Australia and it was a replay of that result as the Australians beat Canada for the trophy for the second time in three tournaments.

The Steelers pushed out to the lead early on and come half-time that lead had built considerably as Australia went in to half-time 32-27 up.

Canada worked hard in the third quarter, but with a commanding lead, the Australians had little need to do too much and after three quarters Australia still held a five goal lead.

Australia showed their class in the final quarter, holding the five goal lead comfortably throughout, before forcing late errors, which allowed the Steelers to claim the trophy with a 62-54 win



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