|February 25th, 2012|
|16||5th-6th||3:00pm||CAN - POL||3 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final|
Poland, the lowest ranked team in the competition, finished the round-robin with five straight losses, while Canada, originally ranked fourth, struggled and could only collect points from a draw against Italy on opening day and a win against Poland, their opponent of the day.
Canada were controlling play, carrying the ball up-field swiftly, but were short on idea once in the Polish 25m. After fifteen minute of play, Kate THOMPSON penetrated the circle on the left and found Thea CULLEY in front of the goal; she could turn and slot the ball in the corner to open the scoring. Canada had a penalty-corner shortly after but Sara McMANUS’ powerful shot was stopped by Marta KUCHARSKA in the Polish goal.
Poland had a good reaction and challenged a few times Kaitlyn WILLIAMS in the Canadian goal, but Canada maintained their overall domination of play. They could however not score again and went into the half-time break with a meagre one-goal lead.
The Canadians resumed their domination in second period and were immediately dangerous. Brienne STAIRS first hit the post but was on hand a few minutes later to deflect in goal another shot by Thea CULLEY, very active upfront in this match. Canada scored again the 45th minute on a penalty-corner. It was initially not stopped properly, but retrieved by Katie BAKER who managed to find back striker Stephanie JAMESON for a powerful shot on target.
Despite their comfortable 3-goal lead, Canada maintained the pressure and there were some hot situations in the Polish circle, but no more goals. Poland had a late surge and were unlucky to hit the crossbar on a penalty-corner, then denied by WILLIAMS on a series of shots from close range.
Match ended with a deserved win for Canada (3-0), satisfied to finish on a positive note but overall disappointed with results in this Hero FIH Road to London competition.
Player of the Match was Thea CULLEY of Canada.