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Canada record first netball win

30 July 2002

Further dissapointment for Sri Lanka in netball pool A.

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Canada held on to a narrow lead for three quarters to defeat Sri Lanka 52-49 in both teams’ fourth and final Pool A encounter.

The result was Canada’s first win at the Games and elevates them to fourth place in the table.

Canadian captain, Dulcina Wind: “We really wanted this win today. It was difficult to put yesterday’s game behind us but we managed to do so and worked really hard.”

It was the second narrow defeat for Sri Lanka, who lost to Wales by one goal on Friday. They will finish bottom of Pool A after four defeats in as many matches.

Sri Lanka led 13-11 at the first change before Canada – led by goal attack Maralyn Hope - consolidated and outscored them 15-10 in the second quarter to move into the lead.

Canadian wing attack Shelley Sung was creative through the centre court while Prasadi Nalika was among Sri Lanka’s biggest influences.

Sri Lanka trailed by seven points entering the final quarter and were unable to pull themselves level with Canada despite a late rally.

Sri Lankan team manager Chandra Pathiraja could not hide her disappointment: “We are not happy, we should have won this game and the Wales game.”

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