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article imageCanada reaches final by defeating Chile in women’s field hockey

By Igor I. Solar     Mar 21, 2015 in Sports
Dublin - In a tough game defined in a shootout, the Canadian women's field hockey team defeated the hard-fighting Chilean squad. With this victory Canada advances to the final of the Second Round of the Women's FIH Field Hockey World League tournament in Ireland.
The ardently disputed match played today on the court of Dublin University College between Chile and Canada ended in a 0-0 tie forcing a penalty shootout. It took 12 chances to finish the series 5-4 when, in the last chance, Canadian goalkeeper Kaitlyn Williams stopped the attempt by Chilean player Sofia Filipek, prompting euphoria in her squad. This result brings the Canadian team to dispute the final game of this stage of the tournament against the host team, Ireland, which had already defeated Belarus 7-0 in the other semi-final.
Canada will face Ireland in the final game tomorrow Sunday 22. Chile and Belarus will also play Sunday for third and fourth places.
The series of games in Dublin (March 14 – 22) are part of the three stages of the Second Round of the Women's FIH Hockey World League organized by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). The other two stages were played in Montevideo, Uruguay (Feb. 14-22, 2015) and in New Delhi, India (Mar. 7-15).
The top two finishers from Montevideo (Uruguay and Italy), New Delhi (India and Poland) and Dublin (Ireland and Canada), qualify for Round 3, being joined by the highest ranked of the third placed finishers from those three events. The seven top teams of the World League, along with the host country and five continental champions, qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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