The World Cup is coming to an end, with some teams playing their final placement games today and the championship bracket reaching the Semi-Final stage. England played the USA in the first Semi-Final of the day; you can read the match report here, while Canada hosted an Australia team hoping to continue its tradition of playing in the final.
Canada v Australia
The second semi-final saw Canada take on Australia, with the Canadians having come out on top (12-11) in the group stages of the tournament. Australia, 09 finalist and 05 World Cup winners came off the back off a 26-2 routing of Scotland to get to the Semi-final and many expected the scoring to continue in this game, however it was Canada that got the scoring going with 2 goals in the first 7 minutes. This kicked Australia into gear with Cassandra Cursaro and Marlee Paton scoring to level the game at 2-2.
Possession went back and forth with both defences having a good period, but then the Canadians started converting their chances, with Mandy friend and Dana Dobbie (x2) scoring (5-2). Dobbie was now starting to enjoy the game, seeing more of the ball and pulling out moves to the delight of the home supporters. The Aussies scored their third from Cursaro, but Katie Donohoe was having a standout game and on the back of her keeping the Aussies at bay, Canada would go on and score 4 more goals (9-3).
It was not till 10 minutes to go in the game the Aussies started finding the net again, with Sarah Mollison beating her player to go on and score (9-4). The teams traded goals to 11-7 with Hanna Neilson scoring Australia’s final goal and influential Dobbie for the Canadians with a sidearm ripper.
Katie Donohoe was named player of the match with 13 saves to keep Australia at bay. With the saves and winning the groundballs, Canada had this game, even with a late push by the Aussies they held out to go on and play in their first World Cup final and will take on the USA.
Wales came through a tough game against Haudenosaunee, having being up for most of the game, the Haudenosaunee dragged themselves back into the game in the second half. It took a goal from Lucy Wray-Mercey to finish the game for wales and put them into the 5th/6th position game.
Scotland faced Israel for the second time in the competition, having lost to them first time round 15-6. Scotland who have so far impressed with some big wins, including a thriller against Japan, have been getting better with each game. They came through the second encounter with Israel with a 9-7 win and face Wales in the 5th/6th position game.
Results Thursday 18th:
- USA 21 – 8 England
- Canada 11 – 7 Australia
- Wales 15 – 14 Haudenosaunee
- Scotland 9 – 7 Israel
- Ireland P – P Japan (postponed due to weather)
- Austria 5 – 20 New Zealand