FIVB World Tour Sydney, Finals day blog


Finals day, FIVB World Tour, Sydney

3:47pm - It's back-to-back gold medals for Canada's Julie Gordon and Camille Saxton! They trailled 1-6 in the second set, but then turned an 11-14 scoreline to 17-14, eventually winning 21-16 and 2-0 to add Manly World Tour gold to the gold they won in Shepparton

3:28pm - Camille Saxton was almost impassable at the net, as Canada went from leading 7-6, stretching to 12-6 and then 17-10 before taking the opener 21-14 against Australia's del Solar and Ngauamo in this gold medal match

3:02pm - Bronze for Australia's Louise Bawden and Nikki Laird! They fight back after trailling 5-8 in the third to eventually take the set 15-11 and the match 2-1 against Germany's Anni Schumacher and Kim Behrens

2:47pm - Germany raced out to a 4-0 lead, the Australians fought back to 13-all and then led 19-18, before Germany's Schumacher and Behrens steadied to take the second 24-22 and force this bronze medal match into a third and deciding set

2:25pm - Australia looked in trouble early in the opening set, trailling 7-12, but then fought back to notch up a 21-18 scoreline over Germany's Schumacher and Behrens

1:53pm - We're getting close to bronze medal time, and the rain has just started! It's Australia's Louise Bawden and Nikki Laird against Germany's Anni Schumacher and Kim Behrens

11:48am - The Germans made a strong start to the second set, but Ngauamo and del Solar took the lead at 13-12 and didn't look back! They're into the gold medal match against Canada later today!

11:26am - Some nervous moments for Australia's del Solar and Ngauamo - they had an 18-13 lead, let Germany's Schumacher and Behrens get back to 18-17, but then consolidated to win 21-19

11:04am - Semi final number two about to start. It's Germany's Schumacher and Behrens against Australia's del Solar and Ngauamo. The Germans finished runner-up in Shepparton, and Manly is del Solar's home beach!

10:44am - The Canadian duo of Julie Gordon and Camille Saxton show their class, beating Australia's Louise Bawden and Nikki Laird 21-18, 21-16 to move into this afternoon's gold medal match

10:24am - Glorious morning at Sydney's Manly Beach, and Canada's Gordon and Saxton have just taken the opening set 21-18 over Australia's Bawden and Laird. This is the first semi-final.