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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

GB Men Ease to Victory over Great Dane

GREAT Britain Men ran out 25-18 winners over British Champions Great Dane in a training match at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London on Tuesday evening.

The national side are on a week-long training camp in London as they prepare for the start of their 2012 European Championships at the same venue from June 10-12, and looked sharp against Great Dane, despite resting several of their key players.

The two sides played for three periods of 30 minutes, and GB won 25-18 after 60 minutes, while they were 38-29 ahead after 90 minutes.

With Jesper Parker not on the camp and fellow goalkeeper Bobby White rested as he recovers from a knee injury sustained a few weeks ago, Nicholas Satchwell (pictured) played in goal for long periods and did well, finishing with a 40 per cent save ratio.

Several of the GB Under-21 squad played in the match, and Chris Mohr top-scored with six goals, while Gawain Vincent and Alex Girvan scored five each, and Mark Hawkins four.

“It was a good session for us,” said assistant coach Bill Baillie. “We were without our first choice left wing and playmaker in John Pearce and Ciaran Williams, while out two best goalkeepers also didn’t play, so it was a good chance for the other players to show what they can do.”

Following the Great Dane clash, GB will now prepare for another training match against a combined Olympia and Cambridge team on Thursday evening.

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