Matildas player Lydia Williams called 'bicha' by Brazilian crowd at Rio Olympics

by Sadie Mccarthy Agosto 6, 2016, 2:23

The women's rugby sevens team begins its quest for a medal Saturday when the sport makes its Olympic debut. Coach Shadreck Mlauzi is a physical education teacher and part-time national team coach.

On the ensuing free kick in the 20th minute, midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight of Australia nearly captured the equalizer as she curled a free kick off the crossbar, arguably the best chance of the first half for the Aussies.

"We are still an emerging nation". That's how it should be. Talk about a dream start.

This is the price of coming of age. The support wasn't really as great as we would expect. A tactical shift saw Melissa Tancredi subbed out in the 23' and Rebecca Quinn brought on. "After each game we lost by so few points, it was like 'argh, we're right there, oh my gosh.' The thing that you felt right after the Olympics was that it was such a lost opportunity, we were so much better than we thought".

"When you share that with your team, you get a deep sense of respect for your opponent". I'm sure Zimbabwe will be a tough opponent.

Vassy Kapelos with Global News is in Rio covering the games and spoke on The Craig Needles Show on Wednesday on AM980.

Canada wasted no time opening the scoring in an eventful first half.

Canada has a team of more than 300 athletes competing at the Rio Olympics, including five who have Brampton connections. Sinclair was able to outmaneuver her and, with no defenders close enough to clear the shot, fired a shot from distance and into the net.

The Canadian Olympic Committee's chief medical officer feels that water concerns and Zika virus worries have been overhyped leading into the Rio Olympics.

Schiavone's final round of 74 gave her a three-day total of one over-par, 220, three shots ahead of Snodgrass.

All pieces drop online and at lululemon stores in Vancouver this Thursday (August 4).

"But now we have the confidence to go with it. We can see that the work that we put in brings results, and I believe that's where our confidence comes from".

Matildas goalkeeper Lydia Williams, in the 73rd minute, kept her nation's hopes alive by saving a penalty after a referee's blunder - Caitlin Foord was ruled to have hand-balled in the box but the ball struck her hip. The Group F runner-up faces the second-place team in Group E - probably Sweden or Brazil - in Salvador. I am super proud of our team - the fight we showed and the spirit. "That is what will drive them".

Just getting out of their group could be a challenge for Canada.

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