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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

GB Under-21s Enjoy Best Partille Cup Ever

BRITISH teams put on their best ever performances at the Partille Cup in Sweden last week, with the GB Under-21s leading the way, reaching the quarter finals of the competition before going out to the eventual winners.

The cup is one of the biggest tournaments in the world with more than a thousand teams from 50 different countries and over 19,000 players.

GB reached the quarter finals of the main Under-21 competition, where they were beaten 26-10 by eventual winners Lugi HF, who included several members of Sweden’s Under-21 side.

“There was a great fighting spirit in the team,” said Head Coach Bill Baillie. “They did really well, especially when you consider we were without three of our main players in Gawain Vincent, Seb Edgar and David Sherlock.

“Many of the players really rose to the challenge because this is the most success any British team has ever had at Partille. And the fact that we lost to the eventual winners is great. We saw Lugi play the day before, and we thought they were the strongest team in the competition.”

Top-scorer with 23 goals was Chris Mohr (pictured), while Alex Girvan added 15. Nicholas Satchwell did well in goal with a save ratio of 48 per cent, while Frank Forsting was consistently strong in defence.

The team will now prepare for the Cell Cup in Hungary from August 7-12, where they will continue to be assessed ahead of selection for the 2011 Under-21 World Championships in January.”

For more details about the Partille Cup go to www.PartilleCup.com

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