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Goalball GB beat World Champions

Goalball GB Team: Beat World Champions but just miss out on medal!

Great Britain beat World Champions but just miss out on medal

 

Original article by http://goalballuk.com

Great Britain women finished fourth at the IBSA European Championships in Rostock – narrowly missing out on a top three finish that could have seen Tokyo Paralympic qualification secured.

In the group stages of the tournament, Great Britain overcame the odds to beat Israel, one of the pre-tournament favourites, in a pulsating 4-3 encounter, to guarantee their place in the final eight of the European Championships.

Great Britain then faced World and European Champions Russia in the quarter-finals. The women produced a sensational display, and one of the upsets of the championship, breaking the Russian’s notoriously tough defence six times to run out 6-2 winners.

This set up a semi-final encounter against Israel. This remarkable match went into the break at 1-1, with Great Britain defending brilliantly to withstand the Israeli attack. The second half saw both teams put on an offensive masterclass; however, the eventual runner-up Israel were too strong in the end winning 4-3.

Great Britain narrowly missed out on a place on the podium after being defeated by hosts Germany in the bronze medal match.

Head coach Aaron Ford said: “There were so many positives to take from this tournament and we’re all extremely proud of the performances in Rostock.

“The matches against Israel and especially Russia prove just how far we have come and the immense talent we have throughout the team. These are teams with much more experience, but we made it clear that Great British goalball belongs at this level.

“Many members of the squad are just starting their international goalball journeys. There’s a real determination to regroup and use this experience to come back even stronger.”

Mark Winder, chief executive of Goalball UK, commented: “The entire goalball family is immensely proud of what this team achieved at the European Championships.

“When you consider that each of the teams that finished on the podium, as well as Russia, are part of their own full-time centralised goalball programme, it really puts into perspective just how well our team has done.

“We firmly believe the difference between having full-time programme and not is ultimately why we have been unable to qualify on this occasion. The increased time the team would get together to practise all elements of tactics, strength and conditioning, analysis of opposition, sports psychology and nutrition would have been vital. Regrettably, we do not have the resources to provide this for our athletes on a full-time basis.

“UK Sport’s Aspiration Fund that was awarded late last year enabled us to move forward and be extremely competitive at this level. While the Peter Harrison Foundation and other generous donors added so much to our programme over the last ten months.

“Nonetheless, what we have been able to provide for our athletes has been put together under substantial constraints. This is testament to the dedicated team we have at Goalball UK and their resourcefulness to support the players excellently without the appropriate backing.

“If goalball in our country is to continue its upward trajectory, significant support is essential. We are in serious danger of missing an opportunity to develop world class teams. We know our players have the potential to compete on the global stage.”

Great Britain had started their campaign with two narrow defeats against Paralympic champions Turkey and Germany, they got their first points on the board in a resilient 2-2 draw against The Netherlands.

The squad consisted of Sarah Leiter, Antonia Bunyan, Georgie Bullen, Meme Robertson, Kali Holder and Megan Smithson-Booth.

 

 

Goalball GB beat World Champions

Goalball GB Team: Beat World Champions but just miss out on medal!

Great Britain beat World Champions but just miss out on medal

 

Original article by http://goalballuk.com

Great Britain women finished fourth at the IBSA European Championships in Rostock – narrowly missing out on a top three finish that could have seen Tokyo Paralympic qualification secured.

In the group stages of the tournament, Great Britain overcame the odds to beat Israel, one of the pre-tournament favourites, in a pulsating 4-3 encounter, to guarantee their place in the final eight of the European Championships.

Great Britain then faced World and European Champions Russia in the quarter-finals. The women produced a sensational display, and one of the upsets of the championship, breaking the Russian’s notoriously tough defence six times to run out 6-2 winners.

This set up a semi-final encounter against Israel. This remarkable match went into the break at 1-1, with Great Britain defending brilliantly to withstand the Israeli attack. The second half saw both teams put on an offensive masterclass; however, the eventual runner-up Israel were too strong in the end winning 4-3.

Great Britain narrowly missed out on a place on the podium after being defeated by hosts Germany in the bronze medal match.

Head coach Aaron Ford said: “There were so many positives to take from this tournament and we’re all extremely proud of the performances in Rostock.

“The matches against Israel and especially Russia prove just how far we have come and the immense talent we have throughout the team. These are teams with much more experience, but we made it clear that Great British goalball belongs at this level.

“Many members of the squad are just starting their international goalball journeys. There’s a real determination to regroup and use this experience to come back even stronger.”

Mark Winder, chief executive of Goalball UK, commented: “The entire goalball family is immensely proud of what this team achieved at the European Championships.

“When you consider that each of the teams that finished on the podium, as well as Russia, are part of their own full-time centralised goalball programme, it really puts into perspective just how well our team has done.

“We firmly believe the difference between having full-time programme and not is ultimately why we have been unable to qualify on this occasion. The increased time the team would get together to practise all elements of tactics, strength and conditioning, analysis of opposition, sports psychology and nutrition would have been vital. Regrettably, we do not have the resources to provide this for our athletes on a full-time basis.

“UK Sport’s Aspiration Fund that was awarded late last year enabled us to move forward and be extremely competitive at this level. While the Peter Harrison Foundation and other generous donors added so much to our programme over the last ten months.

“Nonetheless, what we have been able to provide for our athletes has been put together under substantial constraints. This is testament to the dedicated team we have at Goalball UK and their resourcefulness to support the players excellently without the appropriate backing.

“If goalball in our country is to continue its upward trajectory, significant support is essential. We are in serious danger of missing an opportunity to develop world class teams. We know our players have the potential to compete on the global stage.”

Great Britain had started their campaign with two narrow defeats against Paralympic champions Turkey and Germany, they got their first points on the board in a resilient 2-2 draw against The Netherlands.

The squad consisted of Sarah Leiter, Antonia Bunyan, Georgie Bullen, Meme Robertson, Kali Holder and Megan Smithson-Booth.

 

 

Goalball GB Bring home two medals!

Goalball GB Team bring home two medals!

Goalball Great Britain squads bring home two medals from Lithuanian competition

original article grom Goalball times Newsletter –  March issue!

Two Great Britain goalball teams have claimed spots on the podium at the International Goalball Tournament in Trakai, Lithuania. The women’s squad collected the gold medal, whilst the under-23s men’s team picked up the bronze medal in the youth division.

This was the first time the women’s Great Britain squad have won the International Goalball Tournament and their first international competition victory since European B Championships in 2016.

The team consisted of Sarah Leiter, Kali Holder, Antonia Bunyan, Amelia Robertson and Lois Turner, and was coached by Becky Ashworth. There were individual honours for two members of the squad – Kali Holder was top goal scorer, finding the net 15 times, and Sarah Leiter won best defender.

Getting underway against Germany, Great Britain triumphed in a close-fought 7-6 match before narrowly losing out to the Ukrainian First Team. Great Britain then went up against the Ukrainian Second Team and registered an emphatic 11-6 scoreline to secure their spot in the next round.

Into the semi-finals, the women’s team faced Germany again. The match went the distance into extra-time before Amelia Robertson, the youngest member of the squad at 16, scored the winner to progress to the final.

The final was another close game against the Ukrainian First Team, but this time Great Britain managed hold on to win 3-2 to take the gold medal.

Speaking the gold medal, Becky Ashworth said: “The quality of opposition in this tournament was really high, so we’re extremely proud that the team have managed to come out on top and claim the gold medal.”

original article grom Goalball times Newsletter –  March issue!