Can anyone stop the Ontario Thunder or Team Saskatchewan? That’s the question wheelchair rugby fans are asking after Day 2 of the 2013 Coloplast Canadian Wheelchair Rugby National Championships. Both teams went undefeated by wide margins in Division One and Division Two respectively, and both will have a chance to battle for a national title. Tomorrow, the Thunder will play for gold against Quebec in Division One, while Saskatchewan will compete against Manitoba for the Division Two title.
Fans wanting close games, however, weren’t disappointed. Two Division Two games went into overtime. Manitoba edged out New Brunswick 40-36, while BC B scored their first victory of the tournament with a 41-39 overtime win against Alberta B. In Division One, the Quebec Impact narrowly defeated hometown favourites Alberta A, winning 49-48 in the final seconds. Alberta went on to defeat BC A 47-44 in a game that was even until the last minute.
The stage is now set for the medal rounds. The bronze medal games in both divisions will take place at 10 am tomorrow when BC A battles for a rematch against Alberta A, and New Brunswick takes on BC-B. At 11:30, Saskatchewan will play Manitoba for the Division Two gold medal. At 1:15, the 2013 Coloplast Canadian Wheelchair Rugby National Champion will be crowned when the Thunder take on Quebec.
Action continues on May 18th and 19th at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB. For full schedule, scores and rosters, click here.
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