(Richmond, BC) – After the first day of the 2014 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Team Canada is undefeated and will head into semi-final action tomorrow. Canada beat Denmark 62-47 and New Zealand 62-45 in front of large crowds at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
“Everyone on the team played valuable minutes,” said Team Canada Head Coach Kevin Orr after the game. “Today we made some important first steps towards our goal of winning gold at Canada Cup and ultimately at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships.”
Key to Canada’s success was the play of Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB), whose strength and speed forced turnovers and helped Canada advance the ball. Local athlete Travis Murao (Richmond, BC) also played an important role breaking the press.
Tomorrow, Canada will play Japan (2-0) in the final round-robin match before moving on to the semi-finals in the evening. Japan is led by former Team Canada Assistant Coach Adam Frost, so the Canada-Japan matchup is highly anticipated.
The action continues tomorrow and Saturday at the Richmond Olympic Oval. The event will also be webcast at murderball.tv. Tickets range between $5 for an evening game to $20 for a tournament pass and can be purchased online or at the door. For more information, visit www.canadacupwcrugby.com
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