(Odense, Denmark) – After besting number-one-ranked USA in overtime in the semi-finals, Canada lost 67-56 to Australia to claim silver at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships.
Though Canada capitalized on Australia’s early turnovers and we up by two points in the first quarter, the incredible speed and strength of Ryley Batt and Chris Bond soon began to wear down the Canadians. The game was tied at half, but Australia went on a four-point run in the third as Canada struggled to get the ball over half court. In the fourth quarter, Canada tried many lines but could not find the answer to the Batt-Bond question.
“We knew that if we wanted to beat the Australians, we had to play an exceptional game of wheelchair rugby,” said Head Coach Kevin Orr. “Unfortunately, we fell short. But though it wasn’t the result we were aiming for, I’m still proud of our team and what we accomplished this week.”
For their efforts, however, three Canadians were honoured with All Star and MVP trophies. Trevor Hirschfield (Vancouver, BC) and Ian Chan (Richmond, BC) were named to the All Star team. Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB) was both named to the All Star team and selected as MVP.
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