Australia avenge World Cup de­feat in Poland

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AMER­SHAM

Oak­ley and her team­mates had posted a fa­mous come­back vic­tory over the same op­po­nents a week ear­lier to fin­ish third at the FIL Rath­bones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in Guild­ford. And when a six-goal run in a 12-minute spell ei­ther side of the break put Eng­land two goals ahead in Wro­claw on Sun­day, Oak­ley must have thought Eng­land were go­ing to re­peat the feat to take bronze at the World Games in Poland.

But the Aus­tralians this time lived up to their pedi­gree to force their way back into the game be­fore win­ning 10-8 to fin­ish on the podium and ex- act swift vengeance for their de­feat in Guild­ford eight days ear­lier.

Eng­land had started at the World Games – staged every four years as a show­case for non-Olympic sports and dis­ci­plines – with a 9-5 win against Ja­pan last Thursday.

That was fol­lowed by a 14-6 de­feat on Friday against the US team who had lifted the World Cup in Guild­ford.

The up­shot was a daunt­ing semi-fi­nal for Eng­land against the same US team and the match went as ex­pected with the Amer­i­cans tri­umph­ing even more em­phat­i­cally – 18-5 – to send Oakes and co into a bronze medal match to re­mem­ber at the Olawka Sta­dium.

As was widely ex­pected, the US met Canada in the fi­nal and claimed the World Games ti­tle with an 11-8 win.

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