Wales net victory over Canada
29 July 2002
Wales secure their place in the next round of the netball with a 49-42 win over Canada.
Wales, sitting third in Pool A behind New Zealand and England, made a slow start but the invaluable contribution of goal attack Sian Edwards enabled them to sustain a narrow lead.
Welsh centre Gemma Evans fought hard through the mid-court covering a lot of territory and coping well with the physical gameplan of the Canadians.
Wales led 23-19 at half-time but Canada bounced back in the third quarter.
Canada levelled the scores 24-24 five minutes into the third term and then a goal-for-goal shootout ensued with Canada inching ahead, 28-27.
Wing attack Helen Case then sparked a Welsh counter-attack with an inspirational interception that reinvigorated her team-mates.
Wales then dominated the scoring to set up what was a match-winning 36-31 three quarter-time advantage.
Welsh captain, Joanna Griffiths said: “We’re really pleased. We started well but just thought we’d make it a bit interesting for the crowd.
“They never gave up. They just kept coming back at us all the time but we kept fighting, stuck to our game plan and came away with a win.”
Canadian captain, Dulcina Wind commented: “It was a great game, we had all the opportunities but we didn’t take advantage of that.
“It’s unfortunate that we came out of the blocks a little slow as it’s hard to play catch up but I think we had some really great moments out there. It felt terrific.”
Welsh goal shooter Mair Jones was the top scorer with 37 goals from 47 attempts.
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