With another chapter done in Team Great Britain’s experience with the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF), we couldn’t be happier with how the men and women performed. They all fought extremely hard, and this time we’ve got some hardware to show for it! We’re going to run down exactly what happened during the final legs of the 3-On-3 and Master’s tournament in our final Team Great Britain Daily Recap presented by Herbal One.
Women’s Team Great Britain vs. Women’s Team Slovakia – Nov. 15th
This Semi-Final game was a crucial match in the ladies’ quest for the gold. Winning would set them up to play in the final against Team Canada. It was clear that Slovakia wanted the win, but Team Great Britain wanted it more! This was a relatively high-scoring game, and Team Slovakia was throwing down some fire, but the ladies of Team GB were all over the floor, and had an answer for everything Slovakia could throw at them. By the end of the game, Team Great Britain was up a comfortable 3 goals with a final score of 9-6! We’ve expressed how thrilled we were about this team coming together – between the 5-On-5 tournament in June and now this tournament – and they’ve truly come into their own. This win placed them just within striking distance of the gold, and guaranteed that they’d be leaving with at least a silver medal!
Forever Homes Inc. Player of the Game: Carlene McNulty
Men’s Team Canada vs. Men’s Team Great Britain – Nov. 15th
This game was nothing short of a monumental challenge for the boys of Team Great Britain. Winning this game would mean a chance at the gold. They played well and fought tooth and nail for that chance, but we can’t overstate Team Canada’s proficiency on the floor. The game ended with a final score of 12-3 for Canada. Team GB left defeated, but not dejected – we’re proud of the game they played, and they kept their heads up and moved forward. Their eyes were on the next challenge: playing Team Slovakia for the bronze medal.
Forever Homes Inc. Player of the Game: Rich Wigmore
Men’s Team Slovakia vs. Men’s Team Great Britain – Nov. 16th (Bronze Medal Game)
While we wish this game went the other way, Team Great Britain left it all on the floor. The boys never gave up and fought the fight right up until the end, a point made abundantly clear with Iain Downes’ impressive last-second goal. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough, and the game ended with a final score of 12-6 for Slovakia. The Men’s division of Team Great Britain would not be bringing home the bronze, but they’ll be back for the next tournament, and they’ll be coming for that gold.
Forever Homes Inc. Player of the Game: Derek Hann
Women’s Team Canada vs. Women’s Team Great Britain – Nov. 16th (Gold Medal Game)
The final test for Team Great Britain was in the gold medal game against their most formidable opponent, Team Canada. This was an intensely difficult game. The girls were all over the floor, and goalie, Kayla Horney was standing on her head, but Team Canada was throwing a lot at them, and it just proved to be too much. The game ended with a final score of 14-2 in Canada’s favour, but Team Great Britain would not be leaving empty handed. The girls walked away with the silver medal – a first for Team Great Britain, but we’re pretty confident in saying it won’t be their last piece of hardware they bring home.
This was an exciting tournament all around. We couldn’t be happier about the ladies’ team bringing home the silver, and we can’t wait to see what’s next for the players of Team Great Britain. For now, it’s time for the players (and coaches) to do a little celebrating. They’ve earned it.
Team Great Britain Standings
Men’s 3-4 (Canada vs. Team GB 12-3 / Slovakia vs. Team GB 12-6)
Women’s 5-3 (Team GB vs. Slovakia 9-6 / Canada vs. Team GB 14-2)
Bulldog Fire and Security ‘Defensive Player of the Day’ – Derek Hann (Nov. 15th) & Kayla Horney (Nov. 16th)
Fire Monitoring of Canada’s ‘Hot Shot’ – Ioana Coates (Nov. 15th) & Iain Downes (Nov. 16th)