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Sunday, January 03, 2010

GB Men Show Improvement Against African Champions

GREAT Britain men turned in a much-improved performance against African champions Tunisia in the second game of their Yellow Cup campaign in Switzerland on Sunday.

Despite losing 24-42, the GB boys played well for long periods and left many spectators and officials at the popular tournament surprised by the standard of handball on show.
After a disappointing 18-33 defeat to hosts Switzerland in their opening match on Saturday, GB tightened up and looked sharp against Tunisia, who lost out by just one goal to Holland in their opening clash.

Trailing by just 14-21 at the break, GB took their eye off the ball for the final few minutes, but head coach Dragan Djukic said: “I was satisfied with a really great first half, in fact for 45 minutes we were really good.

“But it was the same as against Switzerland, we concentrate and compete for only some of the match. We missed two penalties and two clear chances, and we struggled from then on and couldn’t stop our opponents scoring goals.

“Some of our players don’t play regular handball with clubs, and that’s a problem we have to address.

“But people have been surprised that a British team can play such good handball, so despite losing, we need to remember these are top teams and at the moment it is an honour for us to be playing against them.”

Chris Mohr top-scored for GB with five goals, including three from penalties, while Martin Hare added four and Robin Garnham and Mark Hawkins scored three each.

The final game of the tournament for Great Britain will be against Holland on Monday at 6.30pm.

Pic: GB's top-scorer against Tunisia, Chris Mohr. (Pic: Reiner Worm).

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