In one of the last matches of the day the luckless Canada Northwind took on the plucky Japan Samurais.
But today it would be good form rather than luck that would see Canada home.
McAllister Oval in Parkville was in very good condition for fast running football and Canada got the ball rolling in the first quarter through Heuberger.
It was a tough battle in the first stanza and despite Japan’s ability to use their low, flat kicking style to good effect, the Canadian backline continually regained possession and sent the ball forward.
After some hard work Kyle Graham gave Canada their second, and 2008 World Team player Scott Fleming added a third on the siren to put Canada 19 points up.
Ken Sato for Japan moved from centre half back to centre half forward and gave his team a focal point.
He missed a set shot, but teammate Komura was able to add his team’s first goal.
Canada continued to look dangerous into the wind and through persistence were able to goal through Pineda Willis and Graham who kicked his second.
Lussier was again good around the ground for Northwind and McDonald used the ball well off the backline. The Canadians headed into the sheds at half time with a handy 26-point lead.
With the wind picking up a little there was always a chance Canada’s Northwind would blow the Samurais away in the third quarter.
Canada’s Fleming with three goals and Simnet with two goals for the quarter cemented Canada’s dominance.
The only resistance came from the ever present Ken Sato who kicked Japan’s second and final goal for the match. Sato’s ground coverage was impressive and his marking across half-back was all that prevented a bigger loss.
Despite the use of the breeze Japan appeared spent and were unable to score in the last quarter.
Canada increased their three-quarter time lead of 53 points with two goals to Kyle Graham.
The win for Canada restored some pride and confidence, showing what good football they are capable of playing.
Both teams will be playing for classification positions when they are back at Royal Park on Friday.
Goal Kickers: S. Fleming 4, K. La 4, K. Graham 4, D. Simnett 2, E. Heuberger , P. Pineda Willia , V. Cinco
Best Players: S. Rutledge, K. Graham, E. Heuberger, K. La, V. Cinco, S. Fleming
Goal Kickers: K. Komura , K. Sato
Best Players: K. Sato, Y. Saito, M. Sakaki, Y. Kuno, K. Ikeda, M. Nakamura