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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Under-Strength GB Men Lose Out in Holland

UNDER-strength Great Britain Men suffered a 23-39 defeat at the hands of Vos Investment Lions in the second match of their Limburgse Handbaldagen Tournament in Holland on Sunday.

With several key players out injured, head coach Dragan Djukic took his chance to give several of the newer players in the squad chance to stake their claim for a place in the World Championship qualifiers in Finland next month.

However, with victory always out of their grasp, the defeat to the Lions leaves GB Men looking at the placement matches in the final day, following their final group game against Estonian outfit Polva Serviti, tomorrow.

Influential captain Ciaran Williams played just 20 minutes of their opening game against K-Sports before he came off with a recurrence of the knee injury which he sustained in Denmark six weeks ago.

And with goalkeeper Jesper Parker and right back Steven Larsson also unavailable for the Tournament, it was an under-strength GB side who travelled to Holland.

“It was a difficult game,” said assistant coach Bill Baillie. “The conditions of some of the players as good as it should be and that showed with their second game in one day.

“With several of the key players out, it’s been a good opportunity for some of the younger players to step up, and it’s given us a chance to run the rule over them.

“Some have really put their names in the frame for selection for the squad for the World Championship qualifiers in Finland in January, so it’s been a useful experience.”

GB complete their group matches in the Limburgse Tournament tomorrow with a clash against Polva Serviti, who are second in the Estonian League, and then look likely to be playing in either the 5-6 or 7-8 placement matches on Tuesday.

Pic: Great Britain's Omar Sani, who scored nine against Vos Investment Lions. (Pic: Reiner Worm).

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