Australia avenge World Cup defeat in Poland
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.