Durham Olympic Update: Hoops squad gets big win, field hockey team falls to 0-4 and Canucks prep for epic soccer match with Brazil


Published July 29, 2021 at 3:24 pm


Durham Region Olympic Update

Canada’s Women’s Basketball squad rebounded from a disappointing tournament-opening loss to Serbia to thrash Korea by 21 points yesterday, winning 74-53 in what was really a must-win game.

Bridget Carleton led the way with 18 points with Natalie Achonwa adding a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards.
Pickering’s Shaina Pellington contributed 2:41 in floor time off the bench.

In field hockey, Canada’s men’s team was trounced 9-1 by Belgium, who scored five third-quarter goals to put the game away.

Canada, with veteran Keegan Pereira of Pickering up front (he has one goal in the tournament), falls to 0-4 with one game remaining against South Africa.

Upcoming must-watch television is the Canada-Brazil quarter-final soccer game in the Woman’s Olympic tournament, which kicks off at 4 a.m. EDT. The winner moves on to the medal round while the loser goes home, so no pressure at all.

Canada, with four Durham players in the lineup, is the two-time defending bronze medalist, beating Brazil right in Rio to earn the bronze five years ago. The match also features the top international goal scorer of all time in Canada’s Christine Sinclair against Brazil’s Marta, who has played in five Olympics and is considered the greatest female soccer player in history.

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