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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.

 

 

Tokyo Progress GB Women’s Goalball

GB women squad stood at their goal before a match

Great Britain women’s tournament finish shows progress towards Tokyo 2020

Original Article by Goalballuk

Great Britain women’s goalball squad sixth-place finish at an international tournament was a significant step in their ambition to achieve qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Despite losing out in the quarter-finals at the IBSA goalball event in Fort Wayne, the team put together a series of performances of the highest quality that suggest they are ready to compete on the biggest stage.

After beating the likes of Spain, South Korea and Germany, it set up a last-eight match against the host nation America. Great Britain fought to the end but was beaten by the eventual runners-up and Rio 2016 bronze medallists.

In the placing matches, Great Britain won a nail-biting penalty shootout against Finland before coming up short against Canada to finally secure sixth place.

Great Britain now looks forward to preparing for the European Championships in October taking place in Rostock, Germany. The event represents the last chance to secure their spot at Tokyo 2020.

Aaron Ford, Great Britain’s head coach, said: “This squad is clearly heading in the right direction. We are all confident that we can build on this performance at an event that featured most of the best teams in the world.

“Some of the performances in Fort Wayne were excellent. The team showed great levels of maturity and were clinical to see games out. There were setbacks and we need to learn from those if we are to achieve our goal of competing at the Paralympics.

“The group will continue to develop as elite athletes over the coming months and come back even stronger for the European Championship in October.”

Mark Winder, CEO of Goalball U.K., said: “It was fantastic to watch the squad against some incredibly strong opposition. We are seeing our talent pathway producing world-class players with this inspiring group.

“Their performance in America was a real testament of how much goalball has developed across Great Britain in the last few years. Alongside their talent, they embody the goalball family ethos on and off the court.

“Everyone associated with the sport is incredibly proud of what they have achieved. I know Aaron, his coaching team and the players will have already turned their attentions to Rostock in Germany and will be ready to take the next step.”

The squad consisted of Georgie Bullen, Sarah Leiter, Antonia Bunyan, Amelia Robertson, Kali Holder and Lois Turner. An experienced four-person coaching team joined the players, this was Aaron Ford, Becky Ashworth (coach/team leader), Faith Fisher (physio) and Hannah Levi (support staff).

 

Tokyo Progress GB Women’s Goalball

GB women squad stood at their goal before a match

Great Britain women’s tournament finish shows progress towards Tokyo 2020

Original Article by Goalballuk

Great Britain women’s goalball squad sixth-place finish at an international tournament was a significant step in their ambition to achieve qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Despite losing out in the quarter-finals at the IBSA goalball event in Fort Wayne, the team put together a series of performances of the highest quality that suggest they are ready to compete on the biggest stage.

After beating the likes of Spain, South Korea and Germany, it set up a last-eight match against the host nation America. Great Britain fought to the end but was beaten by the eventual runners-up and Rio 2016 bronze medallists.

In the placing matches, Great Britain won a nail-biting penalty shootout against Finland before coming up short against Canada to finally secure sixth place.

Great Britain now looks forward to preparing for the European Championships in October taking place in Rostock, Germany. The event represents the last chance to secure their spot at Tokyo 2020.

Aaron Ford, Great Britain’s head coach, said: “This squad is clearly heading in the right direction. We are all confident that we can build on this performance at an event that featured most of the best teams in the world.

“Some of the performances in Fort Wayne were excellent. The team showed great levels of maturity and were clinical to see games out. There were setbacks and we need to learn from those if we are to achieve our goal of competing at the Paralympics.

“The group will continue to develop as elite athletes over the coming months and come back even stronger for the European Championship in October.”

Mark Winder, CEO of Goalball U.K., said: “It was fantastic to watch the squad against some incredibly strong opposition. We are seeing our talent pathway producing world-class players with this inspiring group.

“Their performance in America was a real testament of how much goalball has developed across Great Britain in the last few years. Alongside their talent, they embody the goalball family ethos on and off the court.

“Everyone associated with the sport is incredibly proud of what they have achieved. I know Aaron, his coaching team and the players will have already turned their attentions to Rostock in Germany and will be ready to take the next step.”

The squad consisted of Georgie Bullen, Sarah Leiter, Antonia Bunyan, Amelia Robertson, Kali Holder and Lois Turner. An experienced four-person coaching team joined the players, this was Aaron Ford, Becky Ashworth (coach/team leader), Faith Fisher (physio) and Hannah Levi (support staff).

 

Goalball in London 10 Dec

London Elephants Goalball Sessions Twice Monthly with Goalball UK
Venue:
The Castle Centre (Near Elephant and Castle Tube Station)
Time:
6.00pm - 8.00pm
Phone:
07894832820
Date:
10th December 2019
Cost:
First session free then £3 a session.


Are you interested in playing Goalball? 

Why not play Goalball with a friendly club in Central London. The London Elephants!  

Anyone is welcome to attend – young or old, male or female, new or experienced. It is a great fun game and very sociable.

Venue: The Castle Leisure Centre,  Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6SQ
Date: 
Fortnightly on Tuesdays
Time: 
6pm – 8pm
Cost: First session free then £3 a session.

Meet and Greet:  Closest Tube station Elephant & Castle. Meet and greet can be arranged for 5.45pm at the University exit by contacting Alex 07894832820 in advance. Assistance back to the station after the session is also available.

For more information, and to register your interest,
please contact Alex   Email: londongoalball@outlook.com or call 07894832820

Metro would advise to always phone or email the event contacts, to confirm that there have been no changes to the event time or date to avoid possible disappointment.

What is Goalball?

Goalball was originally developed by Hanz Lorenzen (Austria) and Sepp Reindl (Germany) in 1946, as a rehabilitation programme for visually impaired World War II veterans.

Within the next few decades goalball evolved into a competitive sport, and was featured as a demonstration sport at the 1976 Montreal Summer Paralympic Games.  The success of this led to the first goalball world championships being held in Austria in 1978, before it was officially included within the Paralympic movement in the 1980 Summer Games in Arnhem and thereafter.

Goalball is a game played by two teams of three players with a maximum of three substitutions on each team.  It is open to both male and female visually impaired athletes, and sighted players can also play domestically.

The object of the game is to score a goal by bowling the ball along the floor so that it crosses the goal line of the opposing team. The defending team has to prevent the ball going in to their goal by stopping it while remaining in their team area.  They must then try to control the ball and attack by bowling the ball back again thereby trying to score in the other goal.

What makes Goalball unique?

  • All players wear eyeshades so that they are totally blindfolded
  • Goalball is played on an indoor court that is 18m long and 9m wide.
  • The court has tactile markings (string that is taped to the floor), which helps players determine where they are.
  • The ball contains internal bells, which help players locate it during play