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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Under-Strength GB Women Battle in Switzerland

DESPITE missing five key players and carrying injuries in their squad, Great Britain women turned in three battling performances in the opening day of the Stadtwerk Cup in Switzerland on Saturday.

Great Britain are competing in the event against two top Bundesliga sides from Germany in Goppingen and Sindelfingen, as well as the top Swiss team, Bruhl.

GB lost out 16-19 in their opening match, but highlights included strong performances from Laura Innes in goal as well as Shila Casey, pictured, who played despite a niggling injury.

In their second match they lost out to Bruhl 15-18 after a poor performance, with new players struggling to combine with their existing structure.

GB tasted victory for the first time in the event in their final game of the day against Sindelfingen, winning 18-17 with Jeanett Andersen scoring the winner in the final second.

Currently eighth in the Bundesliga, Sindelfingen proved tough opponents, but several fast break goals late in the game from Holly Lam-Moores helped GB to victory.

Great Britain will now take on the same opponents again tomorrow, and will be aiming to secure at least two victories.

“We’re hoping that Lynn McCafferty will return for two of tomorrow’s games,” said Head Coach Jesper Holmris. “She had to return to Italy to her club after the first day of our stay in Switzerland, and although it’s a long way we hope she will come.”

Playmaker McCafferty was missed in GB’s defeats, although Ewa Pallies played well in her place.

Missing from the GB squad in Switzerland are Sarah Hargreaves, Kelsi Fairbrother, Britt Goodwin, Lynn McCafferty and Christina O’Sullivan, while Shila Casey is carrying an injury.

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