Canada’s Women’s Sevens Youth Olympic Team has won a silver medal at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games after a 38-10 loss to Australia in the Gold Medal match Tuesday in Nanjing, China.
Interview with player Hannah Darling can be heard here
It is the second silver medal for a Canadian women's rugby team in less than three days, after Canada finished runners-up at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup on Sunday.
“I am very proud of this team and the silver medal,” said head coach John Tait. “It always hurts to finish on a loss but I think the results were indicative of what we deserved. We battled hard and I cannot fault the girls’ efforts at all, they were flat out by the final whistle. We will learn from the experience and be a stronger program from it.”
Australia, who finished the tournament undefeated, showed their pace throughout the match, taking advantage of countless overlaps on the Canadian defensive line.
“We talked about limiting turnovers, but the occasion got the better of us,” said Tait. “Australia is an excellent team and well coached. Their ball skills and awareness of space from their domestic touch leagues was evident. It is something Canada must develop in its grassroots rugby if we are to stay competitive with the top teams in the World beyond 2016.”
After Australia scored in the opening minute, Tiana Penitani was shown a yellow card and the Wallaroos were down to six players for two minutes. With Canada then awarded a penalty in front of the posts, Toronto’s Charity Williams was successful with a quick tap-and-go to draw the match even at 5-5. However, shortly after, Williams was given a yellow card of her own for a high tackle and Australia took advantage, scoring after the hooter had sounded to take a 12-5 lead into the break.
With Williams still in the sin bin, Australia opened the final 10 minutes with a quick try to extend their lead and even after Williams returned to the pitch, Australia added another two scores to lead Canada 31-5.
Despite the point difference, Canada kept going at Australia. They continued to push inside the Australians 22-metre line on many occasions, but were unable to put some quick points on the board to get back in the match.
With 90 seconds left in the match, Milton, Ontario native Kaitlyn Richard touched down with her first try of the tournament.
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DAY ONE – Sunday, August 17
Canada 10-24 China
Canada 19-14 USA
DAY TWO – Monday, August 18
Canada 31-0 Spain
Canada 43-12 Tunisia
DAY THREE – Tuesday, August 19
Canada 5-21 Australia
SEMIFINALS – Tuesday, August 19
Canada 26-19 China
GOLD MEDAL – Wednesday, August 20
Canada 10-38 Australia
Youth Olympic Games Roster – Name and Hometown
1. Moanda Anglo - Wilcox, SK
2. Catherine Boudreault - Montreal, QC
3. Pamphinette Buisa - Gatineau, QC
4. Hannah Darling - Warsaw, ON
5. Chanelle Edwards-Challenger - Calgary, AB
6. Ashley Gordon - Brampton, ON
7. Lauren Kerr, Abbotsford, BC
8. Jenna Morrison - Okotoks, AB
9. Kaitlyn Richard - Milton, ON
10. Cassidy Schmidt - Wilcox, SK
11. Maddy Seatle - Oakville, ON
12. Charity Williams - Toronto, ON
Canada’s Women’s Sevens Staff
Head Coach: John Tait
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Dana Agar-Newman
Physiotherapist: Brad Curry
Manager: Meaghan Howat