Canadian women’s field hockey team finishes second

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(ISN) – Dublin, Ireland – The Canadian Women’s National Field Hockey Team finished second at the International Hockey Federation’s World League Round 2 in Dublin, Ireland this weekend, securing a spot at the World League Semifinals – an Olympic qualifier – in Spain this June.

The Canadian women faced Ireland in the World League 2 tournament final on Sunday, narrowly missing out on the title, losing in a penalty shootout (5-4) to the host nation. Canada’s shootout victory against Chile a day before, however, secured second spot at the tournament.

With its top two finish at World League 2, Canada advances to World League Round 3, which is also known as one of two World League Semifinal events, and will be played in Valencia, Spain from June 10th-21st, 2015.

Canada will be joined at this event by Argentina, the United States, Germany, China, Great Britain, South Africa, Spain, Ireland and Uruguay.

The two World League Semifinals serve as qualifying events for the 2015 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The top three finishers from each of the two events will qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

The second World League Semifinal will be played in Antwerp, Belgium from June 20 to July 5 and features the Netherlands, Austria, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Belgium, India, Italy, Poland, and Azerbaijan.

If Canada fails to qualify for the Olympic through the World League Semifinals, it will have a second opportunity to do so in its continental qualifier, the 2015 Pan American Games, which will be held in Toronto, Ontario from July 10th-26th.

The winner of the Pan American Games automatically earns spot at the 2016 Olympics.

The Canadian women now return to Vancouver to train before heading to Toronto in May for a test series against the same Irish team they just faced at World League 2.

WORLD LEAGUE 2 NOTES: Canadian goalkeeper Kaitlyn Williams earned World League 2 honours as the tournament’s top goalie, while forward Hannah Haughn took home the title of the tournament’s best young player.

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