Victorian Institute of Sport

Steelers secure top spot

Saturday, 17 September 2016

The Australian Steelers are one victory away from the Rio 2016 gold medal match, after qualifying on top of their pool with a heart-stopping victory in overtime against Canada.

With scores locked at 56-all at full-time, the teams traded goals six times during the three-minute overtime period, but it was the Australians who handled the immense pressure best to score the decisive goal.

Chris Bond smashed through the Canadian defence to cross the line with 10 seconds remaining to secure the 63-62 victory.

The victory now sets up a tantalising semi-final clash against Japan, with the winner moving into Sunday’s gold medal match to face either Canada or the United States. The two losers will play for bronze.

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