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Monday, January 04, 2010

GB Men End Yellow Cup Campaign on a High

GREAT Britain Men completed their Yellow Cup campaign with another defeat on Monday – but they competed well against a world-class Holland side and matched their rivals for long periods before succumbing to a 21-39 defeat.

GB have got stronger as the tournament in Switzerland has gone on, with head coach Dragan Djukic trialling some of his less experienced players and formations.

The GB boys began strongly, and were only 10-16 behind at the break against the Dutch, and although the gap widened afterwards Great Britain still enjoyed some great periods of looked more positive than they have previously, with Jesper Parker outstanding in goal.

The team will now travel to London for a two-day training camp before travelling to France for the Marranne Tournament in Paris, where they will continue an intensive period of games against high-class opposition.

Group matches against Qatar and Tunisia await the Great Britain team, and with the possibility of a final match against Algeria, Djukic is relishing the chance of some more match experience.

“It’s great for us to be playing in the Marranne Tournament – it was an invitation we could not turn down,” he said.

“It is such a big tournament, and it’s great for us to be there as a team, but also for publicity, to let people know that Britain has a good handball team.

“It’s important that we’re playing African teams who play an open style of handball that is different to the European style which we are more used to.

“We have a young team and we must be patient, but at the same time it’s important to give them experience of playing as wide and varied teams as we can.”

After the Marranne Tournament later this week, Djukic and his team will select the squad for the World Championship qualifying tournament in Finland from Jan 15-17, where Great Britain will play Romania, Bosnia Herzegovina and Finland.

Pic: Jesper Parker had another strong performance in goal for Great Britain. (Pic: Reiner Worm).

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