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7 August 2014

Day 4 preview: Job only half done for medal contenders

By Beau Greenway

 

Day four marks the halfway point of the 2014 IWRF World Championship and the gold medal favourites will be hoping to keep on track today.


The first of seven matches today feature Sweden and New Zealand. Although neither team can make the semifinals, there is a chance for the Wheelblacks to jump a couple of spots in the rankings.


Game two is a very important one for both Great Britain and Canada as the loser will more than likely miss out on a semifinal berth. The last time these two teams met at the Canada Cup they played out a thriller and it was the Canadians who scraped through with a one goal win.


Australia should be able to keep their undefeated dream alive when they play the vastly improved Finnish side who are still gathering experience and learning new things about the game each day.


Japan will be aiming to do the same against France but they cannot be underestimated after winning for the first time at an IWRF World Championship event yesterday against Germany.


Germany is already feeling down on confidence after losing to France and now have to back it up against the best team in the world, the USA. They won’t be expecting to win but will hope to make the USA work harder for their goals.


The hosts will be in action at 5:15pm local time when they face Great Britain. The game has been pushed back an hour further than the usual starting time to give Great Britain a longer break after their match against Canada in the morning.


Canada will also be back in action following that game but have a much more realistic chance of winning when they take on the under-strength Belgium lineup.

 

Matches as per usual will be streamed from the World Championship website and IWRF.com