Canada look Olympic front-runners

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 March, 2011, 12:00am

Canada are more well known for their success at the Winter Olympics compared to the summer equivalent, but the country's women's sevens team are out to change that after winning the Cable & Wireless Worldwide Hong Kong Women's Sevens with a dominant 28-14 victory over France last night.

Canada won three gold medals at the last summer Olympic Games in Beijing, but that figure was overshadowed by the 14 claimed in Vancouver last year. But with Sevens now included in the Olympic Games from 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Canada's women are seen as the country's main hopes for gold in Brazil after winning a second successive title at Hong Kong Stadium. That followed success in Las Vegas last month.

'We are now receiving financial support and training and we have access to the high-performance network following the inclusion in the Olympics,' said coach John Tait.

After winning all their pool games against Japan, Taiwan and Russia, then downing the US in the semi-finals at Hong Kong Football Club earlier in the day, Ghishlaine Landry's first-half brace of tries set Canada on their way in the final in before a second-half pair from Ashley Patzer put the result beyond doubt.

'It was our fifth game of the day and it was tough with only 10 players,' added Tait. 'It wasn't pretty, but they fronted up and did what they had to do with their tackles and had a couple of nice runs to score.'

Hong Kong, meanwhile, were forced to watch from the stands after two wins over the Netherlands and the Philippines were not enough to allow Zanio Yong's side to progress from the pool stage. Thy ended up losing in the seventh-place play-off against Russia.

'We met our expectations,' said Yong. 'We wanted to win two games in the pool stage and we fulfilled our aims.'


Canada enjoyed a productive day's work as they steamrolled their way past this many teams: 5