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Sunday, December 27, 2009

GB Men Give Tournament Favourites a Tough Time

GREAT Britain men went down 20-29 in their opening clash of the Limburgse Handballdagen tournament in Holland on Sunday, losing out to the event favourites, K-Sports.

Facing a team made up of many of the top players from Japanese and Korean leagues, the GB guys battled well and were level at 19-19 mid-way through the second half, before their rivals changed formation and left GB playing catch-up.

A strong period of defence helped GB fight back from a 10-17 half time deficit and they drew level 19-19, with keeper Bob White (pictured) outstanding in goal, but they could not stop K-Sports from scoring.

“Our defence was superb,” said assistant coach Bill Baillie. “We had a great spell to claw it back to 19-19, but once we conceded a goal we lost our way and the lads’ heads dropped.

“But K-Sports are the favourites to win the tournament, and we’re hopeful of beating Vos Investment Lions tonight which will secure a place in the semi finals tomorrow.”

Right back Gawain Vincent scored eight goals, while Seb Edgar added five.

After tonight’s clash with Vos Investment Lions, the GB boys will take on Polva Serviti on Monday afternoon before the semi finals later tomorrow and possibly the finals on Tuesday.

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