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Australia edges Canada at the FINA World League Super Final.

(June 8, 2019 – Budapest, Hungary) – The Canadian women lost to the Australians on the fifth day of competition at the 2019 FINA World League Super Final in Budapest, Hungary. After taking the lead in the first quarter, the Canadian women were never able to overcome a six-goal run by the Australians in the second and third quarter. Australia added six more goals in the final quarter to record a 15-9 win to move on to the 5th place game. The Canadians will measure themselves against China in the seventh-place match tomorrow.

Kyra Christmas opened the scoring for Canada in the first quarter, but Australia answered back with two goals of its own to take the early lead. Joelle Bekhazi and Elyse Lemay-Lavoie each tallied one to put Canada in front 2-3 at the end of the first period. The Australian women took advantage of their opportunities in the second quarter, outscoring the Canadians 4-0 to show a 6-3 lead at halftime.

Australia kept the same pace in the opening minutes of the third quarter, adding two more goals to extend its lead to 8-3. Krystina Alogbo beat the goalkeeper from the centre to bring back Canada into the game at 8-4. Both teams exchanged goals before the end of the third quarter with the Australians leading 9-5 heading into the final quarter.

Looking to come back into this game, Canada put some pressure on offence early in the fourth period. Lemay-Lavoie redirected a shot into the net to score her second of the night and bring her team within four (10-6). Emma Wright fired one from outside to put the score at 11-7 with 4:42 to play. Bekhazi completed her hat trick on the Canadian power play to keep Canada’s hopes alive, but two quick goals by Australia made it difficult for any possible comeback. Kelly McKee added one on the extra-man advantage with 1:40 on the clock. Trailing by four goals, the Canadians ran out of time, and Australia earned the 15-9 win for a spot in the 5th-place match.

“We had a good start today, but we let our guards down in the second quarter, and we couldn’t recover. Australia is a talented and aggressive team. We need to regroup and come out strong tomorrow against China,” indicated David Paradelo, Head Coach of the Women’s National Team.

The Canadian women will now play for 7th place at the FINA World League Super Final. They will face China tomorrow, at 15:00 local time // 9:00 am Eastern time. Live stream is available via FINA TV (subscription required).

The 2019 FINA World League Super Final marks the beginning of the international season for the Women’s National Team. A total of eight teams will compete in this week’s Super Final in the hopes of capturing the first ticket for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

AUSTRALIA 15 – 9 CANADA – (2-3, 4-0, 3-2, 6-4)

Vulpisi, Alogbo (1), Crevier, E. Wright (1), Eggens, McKee (1), Bekhazi (3), Lemay-Lavoie (2), McKelvey, Christmas (1), Paul, Fournier, Wright.

June 9th – Schedule

15:00 (local) - 7th place – Canada vs Chin

16:45 (local) - 5th place – Australia vs Hungary

18:30 (local) - Bronze medal – Netherlands vs Russia

20:15 (local) - Gold medal – USA vs Italy



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