LONDON, September 5, 2012 - Canada fell 64 -52 to Australia in their first match of the London 2012 Paralympic games. Australia, considered to be the toughest opponents in Canada's pool, charged out of the gate to lead the match from the first quarter.
"We've just got to recover from that," said Head Coach Kevin Orr. "We've made mistakes, we just have to not respond to the mistakes and if we can do that we'll be in good shape for the rest of the tournament."
The game was the most aggressive match seen so far in Paralympic action, with 18 game fouls called overall. Canada started off strong but quickly turned the ball over thanks to the pressure of Batt and Chris Bond. Despite a strong second and third quarter, Canada was unable to make up the lead.
"We came out flat and just never recovered from it," said co-captain David Willsie. "It's in our hands, we know what to do, we just got to do it. Step up."
Canadians were out in full force to support their wheelchair rugby heroes. "The fans were fantastic," added Willsie. "We're putting in four years of hard work in and those are they people making the sacrafices, the parents, the wives and kids. I hope they enjoyed the hell out of it."
Next, Canada faces Belgium at 4:15 pm local time Thursday Sept. 6. At the 2012 Canada Cup in June,
Canada bested Belgium by one point in a thrilling match and wheelchair rugby fans are expecting a close
re-match here in London.