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HANDBALL NEWS GB TARGET FINLAND AFTER SUCCESSFUL CAMP IN ITALY Edition 87, September 2 2009

GB Women warmed up for their forthcoming European Championship clash with Finland later this month with a successful training camp and tournament in Italy. The team played four matches in the mini tournament against top Italian and Austrian club sides, and were narrowly beaten in the final after a strong performance from many

Great Chance Head coach Jesper Holmris said: “It was a great chance for us to prepare for the European Championship qualification matches against Finland in three weeks. “It was also a great opportunity to play against a different style of handball.” GB opened with a match against Cassano, who had stepped in at the last minute following the withdrawal of a Hungarian side. GB won comfortably 3017, with a strong defence giving the wingers plenty of

scoring opportunities which they took, with 17 fast-break goals. The second match pitted GB against Salerno, who are tipped to challenge for the Italian League title this season, having signed several international players. Salerno won 22-15, but new GB players Shila Casey and former Talent ID players Kathryn Fudge and Louise Jukes all had strong performances. GB took on MGA Wien – who are the fourthranked team in Austria - in the semi final, and battled to a superb 23-16 victory. GB were clearly up for this game, and the star of the game was goalkeeper Sarah Hargreaves, who had an outstanding save ratio of 63 per cent. And Warrington winger Holly Lam-Moores was also in good form, as was Nina Heglund and Kathryn

Fudge. The final that afternoon was against Salerno again, and despite a strong defence and good overall performance they lost out 22-27. Lam Moores top scored with seven goals, while Bolton goalkeeper Cerys Walker was also in form as was Marie Merry, while Dani Sposi scored six goals.

All-Stars Even without several key players GB proved to be competing well with European club teams and two very well deserved places on the All-Star team went to Holly Lam Moores on the left wing and Sarah Hargreaves in goal.

Top-scorer in Italy, Holly Lam-Moores from Warrington.

GB v Finland: Tickets on Sale TICKETS are still on sale for the Great Britain versus Finland clash in September, as the GB women’s squad attempt to qualify for the 2010 European Championship. The two-leg clash with Finland begins on Wednesday, September 23, at the Pirkkola Sports

Hall in Helsinki, with the return match three days later on Saturday, September 26, at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Log on to www.EchoArena.com to get your tickets.

Shoulder Op for GB's Priddle GREAT Britain handballer Gareth Priddle is facing up to 12 weeks on the sidelines after having surgery on a shoulder injury last week.

Down, but not out - Cardiff's GB ace Gareth Priddle.

Priddle, a 24-year-old from Cardiff, has returned from the Academy in Denmark to recover from his operation in his home town. “I injured it a while ago and then had rehab, but needed to have injections,” he said. “So I came back to see if I could get it sorted out.”

While out of action, Priddle has plenty of time to ponder his future position in the team. “I was playing as a pivot,” he added. “But Dragan wants me to train as a defence specialist. So when I get back into it I will be playing in defence and not attack. That's a good focus. “We’ve been up against it with the lack of money, but we don't want to go to the

Olympics and be pushed over because we wouldn’t bother going if that was the case. “We have three years to make it as a competitive team. It is an easy thing to walk away and say we have no money and lack this and that, but it's better to carry on and say we can show what we are all about.”

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Handball News, September 2 2009  

Handball News, September 2 2009