Team Great Britain Day 6
There’s on getting around the fact that this is not the story we wanted to write, but you can’t win them all. Unfortunately, Team Great Britain is leaving the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) for the second time without a medal, but they can at least leave knowing that they left everything out on the floor every opportunity they had. The women’s team played against Team Czech Republic today, and unfortunately came up just short, but the team should be proud of how much they’ve grown and developed in such a short amount of time.
Team Great Britain Vs. Team Czech Republic
Team Czech Republic came out swinging right away with a few solid shots on net, but Paula Hodgson was having none of it, and denied each of them. The game is a hectic back and forth for a while, but with six and a half minutes left in the period, Team Czech Republic scored a goal. Just about a minute later, Team Czech Republic scored again, when Hodgson miscalculated the location of the ball and it bounced over her head and into the net. After this the girls really kicked it into gear, taking every opportunity they were presented with. With four minutes left in the period, Brianne Warner would land a goal with a nice assist from Carlene McNulty and Cassie Silverthorn.
Heading into the second period, Team Czech Republic was leading with 2-1. With eleven minutes left, Czech Republic took a penalty, and things started to get chippy by their net. The girls found their aggression during this period and were doing everything they could to get that ball in the net, but the Czech Republic kept up their defense, and the score stayed at 2-1 for the remainder of the period.
Almost right away in the third period, Team Czech Republic scored, taking their lead even further. They held this lead for a good amount of time. In fact, it wasn’t until there was just two and a half minutes left that Victoria Asslestine managed to pull off a goal with an assist from Lynzey Valianes. At this point, the team pulled Hodgson in an attempt at an all out offensive play. The last twenty seconds of the game were harrowing, and it really looked like Team Great Britain was going to tie it up, but there were some heartbreaking misses, and when the buzzer sounded to signify the end of the game, the Czech Republic team was still up by one, meaning they took home bronze.
Unfortunately, Team Great Britain won’t be leaving with a medal tomorrow, but they’ll be leaving with experience, and an even greater hunger for that hardware next year.
The women’s Russian team also took on Team Canada for gold today and won in a shootout with a final score of 3-2. The bronze medal game between Team Europe and Team Russia ended in a final score of 4-3 in Europe’s favour, and the gold went to Team Czech Republic this year, after a rough match ending in a score of 3-2.
If you haven’t checked out our interviews with the players of Team Great Britain yet, you can find them right HERE, and check out our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook feeds for pictures and videos from the tournament.