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Canada Finishes the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in Fourth Place

(RICHMOND, BC – June 26) After a 56-53 loss to the USA, Canada finished the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in fourth place. This is the first time that Team Canada has not won a medal at the Canada Cup in the tournament’s 12-year history.

USA’s perfect record earned it the gold medal. Australia and Japan claimed silver and bronze respectively.
Despite the loss, Coach Kevin Orr was proud of his team’s effort.

Canada’s Gold Medal Hopes Dashed by Australia at the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

Canada’s hopes of a gold medal were dashed today with a 54-43 loss against Australia at the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. Due to the tournament’s round-robin format, Canada’s medal hopes now depend on the performance of other teams, and a win against USA tomorrow at 2:30 pm.

“Sometimes it’s hard to say what team is going to show up,” said head coach Kevin Orr. “When we play our style of play, we’re awesome. When we don’t, it’s ugly.”

Canada Falls to Japan On Day 2 of 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

(RICHMOND, BC – June 24) After winning a tough battle against Great Britain earlier in the day, Canada fell against Japan (#3) to go 2-1 at the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament.

Though Canada took an early lead, Daisuke Ikezaki and Yukinobu Ike forced several Canadian turnovers to keep the lead see-sawing. At the half, Canada held a narrow 30-29 lead.

Team Great Britain scores in dying seconds for win over Team Sweden at Canada Cup

RICHMOND, B.C. _ Jamie Stead scored with .03 left on the clock as Team Great Britain defeated Team Sweden 48-47 in a see-saw battle Friday at the Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament.

It was a tight match between Britain, ranked No. 5 in the world, and Sweden, ranked sixth. The lead changed hands several times and both teams made crucial mistakes.

Team Sweden cruises past Switzerland at Canada Cup rugby tournament

RICHMOND, B.C. _ Team Sweden built an early lead 10-point then coasted to a 53-38 victory over Team Switzerland Friday to register their first victory at the Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament.

Sweden, ranked sixth in the world, held a 26-17 half-time lead over the Swiss, who are ranked 14th.
“We started off good, as planned,” said Sweden’s Tomas Hjert. “Maybe we got a bit comfortable because we stepped back a little bit.

“All in all it’s a solid win and we are happy about it.”

Canada Hangs On To Win Nail-biter Against Great Britain at the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

(Richmond, BC --  June 24) Team Canada (#1) extended its winning streak to 2-0 this afternoon at the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament after a nail-biting match against Great Britain (#5). The squad will face off against Japan (#3) at 7 pm.

Canada leapt out to an early lead thanks to some hard hits by Zak Madell (Okotoks, AB). At the end of the first quarter, they were up 15-11.

Team USA defeats Britain in Opening Match of the 2016 Canada Cup

RICHMOND, B.C. _ Team U.S.A. forced a turnover with 7.2 seconds left, setting up a late goal in a 50-48 victory over Great Britain Friday in the opening game of the 2-2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament.

It was a close match with the U.S., the bronze medalists from the 2012 London Paralympics, holding a slim 28-27 lead at half time. The teams were tied 39-39 after three quarters.

The Americans led by three points with 4:36 remaining but the British battled back, tying the match 48-48 with just 57.2 remaining.

Australia shakes off early cobwebs to defeat Japan at Canada Cup

RICHMOND, B.C.  Team Australia shook off some early cobwebs to build a three-point lead early in the fourth quarter and went on to defeat Team Japan 63-58 in their opening match Friday at the Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament.

Australia, the defending Paralympic gold medalists and 2014 world champions, held a slim 46-45 lead after three quarters. With 6:31 left in the final quarter, Ryley Batt picked up a loose ball and streaked down the court for a point that gave the Aussies a 49-46 lead. That allowed them to control the pace for the rest of the match.

One Week Countdown to the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament Begins

(Richmond, BC – June 16) In one week, seven of the top wheelchair rugby teams in the world will battle at the Richmond Olympic Oval at the 2016 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. The event, which will take place from June 23-26, is wheelchair rugby’s final stop before the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

This year’s Canada Cup will be especially important for Team Canada, which is ranked #1 in the world for the first time in 13 years.

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