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Canada to play for bronze after falling to the Netherlands in the semi-final.

Kunshan, China, June 1, 2018 – Canada will have to go for bronze after falling 11-5 to the Netherlands in the semi-final of the World League Super Final in Kunshan, China. Canada kept the game within reach in the first half, trailing 3-5 after the second quarter. The Dutch outscored the Canadians 4-1 in the third quarter, making it difficult for any attempt at a comeback in the fourth quarter. In the end, the Netherlands were able to confirm the win meaning Canada will have to play for a bronze medal in the final day of competition.

Canada was first on the board in this match, Emma Wright fired one to give her team the lead. The Netherlands answered back with three straight goals to gain the edge. Axelle Crevier beat the Dutch goalkeeper with a beautiful lob shot to keep score within one (2-3) at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Dutch capitalized on their power play opportunity and tallied one on the counter-attack to gain a three-goal lead (2-5). Canada’s Kindred Paul found the back of the net in the last minute of the half to put the score at 3-5.

The Netherlands started the second half with two quick goals to extend their lead to 7-3. Crevier scored a nice goal from outside to help Canada stay in the game. The Dutch added two more goals before the end of the third quarter. The Netherlands picked up where they left off, scoring two more goals. The Canadians were unable to take advantage of their power play opportunities in the fourth quarter. Monika Eggens tallied one in the last minute of the game, but the Netherlands recorded an 11-5 win.

“It was a tough match for us today, the Dutch played a physical game, and we had difficulty executing our plan on offence. The focus is now on tomorrow’s game, we have prepared for this matchup, and we are ready to face Russia. We will need to be sharp and carry out our game plan as we did in the first game of the tournament.” said Shae Fournier.

The Canadian women will face Russia in the bronze medal game. This will be the fourth matchup between these two teams in the last year, Russia came out on top to capture the bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships. However, the Canadians won the two other encounters between the two nations; at the Super Final last year (Semi-Final 11-10) and in this year’s preliminary round (11-9). The 2018 World League Super Final Bronze medal is scheduled on June 2nd at 6:00 pm local time/ 6:00 am EDT. All the games are live streamed on FINA TV .


Axelle Crevier (2)

Emma Wright

Kindred Paul

Monika Eggens

Starting Goalkeeper: Claire Wright

June 2– Schedule 

15:00 Australia vs Japan (7th & 8th)

16:30 Spain vs China (5th & 6th)

18:00 Russia vs Canada (Bronze Medal)

19:30 USA vs Netherlands (Gold Medal)

(Photo Credit: Russell McKinnon)


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