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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

GB Men Finish Dutch Tournament with Strong Performance

BATTLING GB Men ended their Limburgse Handbaldagen Tournament campaign with a strong performance against top Norwegian side Haugaland HK on Tuesday.

With several players unavailable – and captain Ciaran Williams suffering a recurrence of a stress fracture in his foot – the team put in a strong performance in the last of their four games over three days in Holland.

GB’s Omar Sani scored nine goals and was named man of the match in the game, which the Norwegians narrowly won 26-28. They had led 11-17 at half time, but a strong second half from GB saw them narrow the gap.

Martin Hare added five goals, while John Pearce and Seb Edgar scored three each.

“It was a much better performance,” said assistant coach Bill Baillie. “We had a poor five minute spell at the end of the first half which gave them a six-goal lead at the break.

“We pulled it back and outscored them 15-11, but it wasn’t quite enough to end with a victory.

“Nevertheless, it was a good performance and we made less technical errors than in our other games. Overall this was our best game of the tournament.

“We’ve learned a lot of lessons over here. We’ve had 300 minutes of handball over just three days and we’re improving every time we play.”
Pic: Injured GB captain, Ciaran Williams. (Pic: Reiner Worm).

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