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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

GB Ready to Repeat Past Glories

THERE’S only one place to be this week if you’re a fan of British Handball - Liverpool!

Great Britain Women are returning to the scene of their famous victory over Finland last year to host a Four Nations Tournament on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

As well as GB, also in town are Switzerland, Portugal and Italy who will all be aiming to win the Tournament, which pits GB against some tough - but realistic - opposition on their way to the Olympic Games in 2012.

Great Britain beat Finland at the Echo Arena last year to reach the qualifying group stages of the 2010 European Championships, and they will be aiming to recreate the scenes of celebration on Saturday by taking victory in this latest tournament.

GB beat Portugal 26-18 earlier this year, but will not be expecting an easy ride from any of the teams.

Several members of the GB team hail from the North West - including 21-year-old winger Kelsi Fairbrother who, although raised in Aldershot, comes from a large of proud family of Liverpudlians.

“I have a special place in my heart for Liverpool and have lots of friends and family who I am hoping will come along to Echo Arena to support the GB girls during the four nation tournament,” she said.

“The last time we were here the crowd were brilliant and so loud, they definitely made a difference to how we played. I’m really excited about playing in front of my ‘home’ crowd in September I know they will do GB proud again!”

Kathryn Fudge from Bury, and Holly Lam-Moores from Warrington, will also have many family and friends in the crowd for their matches.

GB performances have steadily improved over the last few years, culminating in some superb performances against Austria and Iceland in Euro 2010. And while they obviously could not compete with former World Champions France it was a great learning experience which has helped them continue their improvement.

Keep checking back to www.BritishHandball.com for previews, reports and pictures from the Tournament.

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