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Canada and Australia to play for Canada Cup gold

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The final qualification matches of the Canada Cup took place on Friday night and saw Australia and Canada qualify for the final which will take place on Saturday afternoon at the Richmond

Opening the evening was the 5th to 8th classification games with Sweden playing New Zealand in the first match, and unfortunately for the Wheelblacks their misery continued.

It seemed that New Zealand had over exerted themselves in their match against Denmark as they just could not hold on against Sweden who controlled the game from start to finish and managed a comprehensive 54-48 win to head through to the 5th and 6th place playoff.

Denmark’s exertion against New Zealand seemed to bring them in to their qualification game with Switzerland, which saw them win a defensive game comfortably 49-39.

That will leave New Zealand and Switzerland playing off for the Wooden Spoon, with the loser consigned to having lost every game in the tournament. While Sweden and Denmark will play off for 5th and 6th place with the two matches being played at the same time.

Australia continued their impressive form as they rampaged in to the final with a convincing victory over Japan in their Semi-Final as the Steelers controlled the match from beginning to end to manage a 60-47 win in the first Semi-Final.

The final semi-final was one of the games of the tournament as the hosts took on a Great Britain side on the rise and it was a thrilling encounter as the sides pushed each other all the way.

Team GB were looking like going through, leading in the second quarter by five points as Britain were holding a lead going in to the second half, but Canada came back strongly in an impressive second half performance.

With 44 seconds to play, Canada leveled the scores and they weren’t content with that as David Willsie forced a steal and Canada drove in the goal to qualify for the Gold Medal match.



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