In Group A play, Chile defeated Greenland 31-28, all but ending Greenland’s hopes for qualifying for the 2009 World Championships. Greenland again started out slow trailing Chile 19-12 at half time. Greenland can only hope to qualify for the semifinals by defeating unbeaten Argentina. Even if that happens they will still require Canada to beat Chile and then hope for a better overall goal differential. In the other Group A match Argentina beat Canada 26-15. Canada can feel good about playing Argentina close in the first half (13-10), but they are surely concerned with their second straight low scoring 2nd half, as they only managed 5 goals in the last 30 minutes. Tomorrow’s group A match between Chile and Canada should decide 2nd place. Notably, it is a rematch of the 2004 PATHF Bronze Medal game where Canada upset host Chile to qualify for the 2005 World Championships. More recently, however, Chile beat Canada 29-20 at the PANAM Games last summer.
In Group B play, Cuba beat Uruguay 28-24 in a closer than expected contest. Cuba will play Brazil tomorrow to decide 1st place in the Group.
Side Note: Greenland's Minik Dahl Hoegh, who had 12 goals against Chile, has signed with one of Denmark's premier clubs, GOG Svendborg, and therefore will be playing in the Champion's League next year.
Link to standings: http://www.ligahand.com.br/confe/panmasc.html
Canada Sportcom article (French): http://www.sportcom.qc.ca/news/2008/news20080625-03.html
Greenland Newspaper articles and pictures (Danish) http://www.ag.gl/program/index.php?action=nyheder&sprog=2&t_id=1&shifter=5&music=1