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Day four review: Canada and Great Britain fight out a double overtime classic

Added 07-08-2014

Af Jannik Lund Andersen
jla@dhif.dk

Day four of the 2014 IWRF World Championship was one to remember as Canada and Great Britain featured in the match of the tournament so far.

 

After four quarters and two periods of extra time only one goal separated the two teams, the final score was 59-58 in favour of Canada.

 

Great Britain’s Ajaz Bhuta executed a brilliant pass to send the game into overtime but unfortunately turned it over to Canadian Zak Madell in the second phase of added time which was ultimately the difference between the two teams.

 

- That was a crazy game, at the end everyone was giving it everything they had and we managed to pull out the win. Our mental toughness was key in no one losing hope in that game and everyone kept fighting, Madell said.

 

Ajaz Bhuta and the Great Britain team were obviously gutted to lose in that fashion.

 

- I'm devastated that we lost, they are an experienced side and they've been here time and time before. We are still young and developing and these pressure situations are just invaluable to us, Bhuta said.

 

In other results, Sweden got their first win for the tournament but were made to work hard for it against New Zealand. The European champions finished the stronger and won the match 55-49.

 

Mikael Norlin said nerves played a big part for both sides but the Sweden dealt with it a little better.

 

- We started to trust each other and trust our game plan so we could execute as we were supposed to.

 

Australia defeated Finland 63-43 in the first encounter between the two teams.

Curtis Palmer highlighted the importance of that match for the No.2 ranked team.

 

-The advantage they have is that they play a lot together so we knew that they would gel. We put our strongest lineup out there to start and we got a few points up so we could start bringing some other lineups on, Palmer said.

 

Japan and USA both remained undefeated in Pool B after convincing wins today over France and Germany respectively.

 

The two will meet tomorrow to determine who will secure the top spot in the group and play the lower seeded team from Pool A.

 

USA captain Andy Cohn suggested that his team has plenty left in the tank and are peaking at the business end of the competition.

 

- The USA team is really united and it is the best team chemistry I have ever seen but we are still a work in progress and we are still trying to get better. Everybody here is ready to play so if we need somebody at the end of the game we can go to anybody on our bench, Cohn said.

 

See the results of all of today’s matches here.

 

Here is a look at the updated standings after day 4 of competition:

 

Group A

Games

Wins

Losses

Points for

Points against

Diff.

Australia

4

4

0

246

185

61

Canada

4

4

0

249

191

58

Great Britain

4

2

2

210

193

17

Denmark

4

1

3

197

209

-12

Finland

4

1

3

162

230

-68

Belgium

4

0

4

181

237

-56

 

Group B

Games

Wins

Losses

Points for

Points against

Diff.

USA

4

4

0

243

154

89

Japan

4

4

0

225

185

40

Sweden

3

1

2

161

176

-15

New Zealand

4

1

3

182

210

-28

France

4

1

3

178

217

-39

Germany

3

0

3

110

161

-51

 

The final seven round robin matches are to be played tomorrow, headlining will be top of the table clashes between Australia and Canada in Pool A, and USA and Japan in Pool B.

 

Matches as per usual will be streamed from the World Championship website.

 

Also don’t forget to check out all of the photos from throughout the week on Flickr


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