There were some ups and downs during Team Great Britain’s first day at the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) 3-On-3 and Master’s tournament in Bratislava. The teams faced some hard-fought games, and some tough opponents, but Team Great Britain held their own. Let’s take a look at how the day shook down in our first Team GB Daily Recap presented by Herbal One!
Women’s Team Canada vs. Women’s Team Great Britain
The ladies were the first to kick off the tournament for Team Great Britain yesterday, and they did so by taking on one of the tougher opponents at the event, Team Canada. The game definitely didn’t go the way that we would have liked, and there was maybe a little rust to shake off at the start of the tournament. Team Great Britain walked away from this game taking a loss with a final score of 12-1. 3-On-3 is a different game than a lot of these girls are probably used to, so we were hoping that they’d be able to take what they learned and utilize it during their second game of the day against Team Czech Republic.
Forever Homes Player of the Game: Carly Parker
Women’s Team Great Britain vs. Women’s Team Czech Republic
After a tough loss, the women’s second game of the day – this time against Team Czech Republic – was a real nail-biter. A bit of a rivalry between Team Great Britain and Czech Republic has formed over the last few outings to the WBHF, so there wasn’t a doubt in our minds that this was going to be a tough game. The ladies’ first game of the day seemed to have woken them up though, because this time around they were able to take the victory! It was a close call, but Team Great Britain took the win with a final score of 2-1.
Master’s Team Slovakia vs. Master’s Team Great Britain
The second outing for Team Great Britain was the Master’s game against Team Slovakia. They were going up against Slovakia on their home turf, so we knew this was going to be a rough one. The boys of the Master’s team fought hard, but Slovakia proved to be a tough opponent, and ended up taking the win with a final score of 7-1.
Forever Homes Player of the Game: Trevor Van Dyk
Master’s Team Canada vs. Men’s Team Great Britain
We’d be lying if we said we weren’t a little nervous heading into this game. With Team Canada being one of the tougher opponents at the tournament, plus having seen how their women’s team took on Great Britain earlier in the day, not to mention seeing how they bested West Slovakia with a score of 7-1. Still the Master’s team fired themselves up and hit the floor the only way Team Great Britain knows how. This was an intense game, and truly could have gone to either team. Unfortunately, in the end though, Canada ended up taking the win with a final score of 8-6.
Forever Homes Player of the Game: Brendan Riddell
Men’s Team USA vs. Men’s Team Great Britain
With Team Great Britain’s first win of the tournament under their belt, you could tell that the Men’s team was feeling the fire. Their first opponent of the day was Team USA – a tough opponent, but Team Great Britain was feeling confident. There were a few points where it looked like it could go either way, but Team Great Britain eventually managed to seal the deal, taking another victory with a final score of 7-4.
Forever Homes Player of the Game: Chad Asselstine
Men’s Team Slovakia vs. Men’s Team Great Britain
Attempting to keep the feeling alive, the Men’s Team Great Britain stormed the floor just over an hour later to take on Team Slovakia. We were hoping that we’d be able to show them up after the Master’s game earlier in the day, but Team Slovakia proved themselves a capable foe once again and ended up taking the win with a final score of 8-4.
Forever Homes Player of the Game: Mitch Scott
The first day at the WBHF was an exciting one, and we now have a better idea of how the other teams are going to play. It’s still early in the tournament, and we plan to continue to bring the heat during every one of our games.
Team GB Standings:
Men’s: 1-1 (USA vs. Team GB 4-7 / Slovakia vs. Team GB 8-4)
Women’s: 1-1 (Canada vs. Team GB 12-1 / Team GB vs. Czech Republic 2-1)
Master’s: 0-2 (Slovakia vs. Team GB 7-1 / Canada vs. Team GB 8-56)
Bulldog Fire and Security ‘Defensive Player of the Day’ – Carlene McNulty
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