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Final placings of Russia, USA, Australia and Japan are decided – 09.12.2011

USA took 9th place defeating Russia 4-2, and Australia beat Japan 5-2 to finish in 15th place.

USA´s Marianne Muuri has been a stand-out player for her team and she continued her great form today against Russia, scoring 3+1 to take her total for this WFC to 10+2. The US team have relied heavily on their European-based players in many of their games but today it was Erin Carr, who plays in the USA for Arctic Floorball, who was able to give the final pass for two of the USA goals.

Brandee Gomez did a good job in the US goals making 22 saves, and especially in the final period when Russia scored two quick goals as well as having the opportunity to score through a penalty shot, she showed good strength.

Anastasiia Rodina scored twice for Russia and their best player today, Viktoriia Okulich passed for one point, but it was a disappointing result for Russia. For the USA, they will surely be very pleased with their final position of 9th.

Australia takes 15th placement
Regional neighbours Australia and Japan have played many games over the years and like all those before it was a game played with passion and excitement. Both teams were desperate to finish the WFC with a win, but it was the less experienced Australian team that had success today.

Japan clearly had the most opportunities to open the scoring in the first period, but good work by the Australian player of the game, goalkeeper Cien Periera meant that the score remained 0-0. European-based players Tara Keogh & Jessica Laidler began the scoring for Australia at 24:03. Although the majority of the Australians have very little international experience they took a huge leap forward in this game with 18yr old Charlotte Quaife and Nicole Sevel both scoring their first international goals and Nicole Allsopp and Fiona Cameron scoring their first ever WFC goals.

The Japanese made good efforts throughout the game to score, trying to make fast attacks against the Australians. In the last period they really challenged the Australians and a converted penalty shot from Yui Goto and a goal from Midori Sawaguchi (also her first WFC goal) brought the score back to 4-2 at 56:11, but with just a couple of minutes remaining it was not enough and Australia were able to make the final score 5-2.

After finishing 15th & 16th these two teams will most likely meet again in the qualifications for WFC 2013, so the win for Australia perhaps gives them a small advantage of confidence for their future games.

Photo 1: Fabian Trees
Photo 2: Gregor Meier