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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Hosts Finland Hold off Battling Great Britain

HOSTS Finland beat Great Britain Men 35-21 in the final match of GB’s World Championship qualifying tournament on Sunday.

Home advantage proved critical for Finland, who were on the ropes throughout the first half with GB leading for much of the opening 30 minutes.

But as in previous games, a lack of strength on the bench proved to be Great Britain’s downfall. Having played 13 games in 22 days, the tough schedule left many the GB squad exhausted, but in no doubt what is required of them if they are to compete at the top level.

“It’s been a tough period for us,” said assistant coach Bill Baillie. “But it’s been great experience. We’ve shown we can compete with many teams, but we just need to keep it together, learn from our mistakes and perhaps got more strength in depth so that we can compete for the full 60 minutes.”

Steven Larsson proved instrumental in attack for Great Britain with 12 goals, but with the next best being Mark Hawkins with three it was never going to be enough.

“It’s been very good experience and it has shown a lot of the players where we need to be. It’s put us in good stead for our next camp in April, where we will continue the good work and move forward.”

Pic: GB top-scorer with 12 goals, Steven Larsson.

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