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Handball - 26. March 2012.

Strong GB performances not enough against Poland

SOME strong periods of play from Great Britain women was not enough to stop
them losing out to Poland twice in the last week in the Euro 2012 qualifying
tournament.

Head Coach Jesper Holmris was pleased with his squad's performances in
periods of both matches, but overall it was not enough and GB cannot now
reach the finals of the competition.

Last Thursday's 33-20 defeat to Poland at Loughborough University saw GB
compete well in the first half and they only trailed by two goals at the
break. However, Poland stepped up after the break to take the win.

And the return leg on Sunday evening in Elblag saw GB trail 16-8 at half
time. They were just one goal down mid-way through the first half, only for
a bad five minute spell which let Poland in. However, after the break GB
were strong again and only lost the final 30 minutes by one goal, 13-12.

"Sunday's performance was much better than in Loughborough," said Head Coach
Jesper Holmris. "Unfortunately we had a bad spell in the last six minutes of
the first half even though we were a player up.

"But the second half was very good and very positive. We played very well in
attack, and Mayes was fantastic in goal with a 40 per cent save ratio, so
she should be very pleased with her performance, and the whole defence too.

"Poland came out at full speed, they desperately wanted to get a result
because goal difference could be crucial if they want to qualify for the
finals.

"Their first half performance was the best I've seen them play, and we coped
well with it generally."

Great Britain will now return to London for more training sessions, where
they will take on club teams from overseas before preparing to entertain
Montenegro at Crystal Palace on May 30, and then go to Russia for their
final Euro 2012 match on June 3.

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