Team GB U19 report

November 1

A small GB U19 team arrived in Iserlohn to compete in the European Championships. Â The opening ceremony was short and sweet allowing the team an early night before facing Switzerland the following day. Spirits were high and although the team played well, the strength of the Swiss dominated the game.

> Our second outing was against Germany and this proved to be a re-run of the first game. GB scored the first goal which upset the Germans but unfortunately they stepped up their game and we were outclassed having given so much in the previous game against Switzerland and with only half an hour to recover. We were beaten.

> Austria, our final game of the day, was hard fought but after the previous gruelling games GBs legs were tired and try as they might couldn't quite get the advantage they so deserved.

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> Our first game the following day was against Germany. As previous we scored first, much to the chagrin of the German coaches who find this hard to stomach, and so they goad their team into trying harder. Â Eventually, the speed, skill and questionable tactics gave the Germans the win.

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> Our final game of the tournament was against Austria. This was the game of the tournament. It had everything a good game should; skill, speed, surprise and good manners. Both teams played hard and each goal scored by both teams was met by enthusiasm from the crowd. At the final whistle it was a draw and so we went into extra time for the 'golden goal'. Every player fought for every inch and we were unlucky to be scored on. The disappointment for all was palpable but as is our way, we shook hands, changed kit and recovered to meet back on the rink for the closing ceremony.

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> All the players and both coaches worked incredibly hard this weekend. They were a pleasure to spend time with. I find it encouraging that although GB may not have gained a medal, their tenacity, loyalty and desire to do their best, even though they are always the smallest in number, makes me feel so proud to be in their corner.

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> The tournament next year gives GB another opportunity to show the rest that although we like to win, playing good hockey is why we compete.

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> Well done all. Keep an eye on Facebook for the next trials dates.

A small GB U19 team arrived in Iserlohn to compete in the European Championships. Â The opening ceremony was short and sweet allowing the team an early night before facing Switzerland the following day. Spirits were high and although the team played well, the strength of the Swiss dominated the game.

> Our second outing was against Germany and this proved to be a re-run of the first game. GB scored the first goal which upset the Germans but unfortunately they stepped up their game and we were outclassed having given so much in the previous game against Switzerland and with only half an hour to recover. We were beaten.

> Austria, our final game of the day, was hard fought but after the previous gruelling games GBs legs were tired and try as they might couldn't quite get the advantage they so deserved.

>

> Our first game the following day was against Germany. As previous we scored first, much to the chagrin of the German coaches who find this hard to stomach, and so they goad their team into trying harder. Â Eventually, the speed, skill and questionable tactics gave the Germans the win.

>

> Our final game of the tournament was against Austria. This was the game of the tournament. It had everything a good game should; skill, speed, surprise and good manners. Both teams played hard and each goal scored by both teams was met by enthusiasm from the crowd. At the final whistle it was a draw and so we went into extra time for the 'golden goal'. Every player fought for every inch and we were unlucky to be scored on. The disappointment for all was palpable but as is our way, we shook hands, changed kit and recovered to meet back on the rink for the closing ceremony.

>

> All the players and both coaches worked incredibly hard this weekend. They were a pleasure to spend time with. I find it encouraging that although GB may not have gained a medal, their tenacity, loyalty and desire to do their best, even though they are always the smallest in number, makes me feel so proud to be in their corner.

>

> The tournament next year gives GB another opportunity to show the rest that although we like to win, playing good hockey is why we compete.

>

> Well done all. Keep an eye on Facebook for the next trials dates.