Final match in the London 2012 Olympic Games today against Croatia proved to be another tough task for the GB girls.
The girls started really well, keeping the score close, by only being behind by one goal after 12 min (6-5).
A 2 minute suspension and a few technical mistakes gave Croatia the chance to get ahead with a few goals, it was a chance they chose to take.
Croatia kept the GB girls from scoring in 17 minutes, making the gap bigger and bigger and the half time score ended being 17-6.
Birthday girl Kelsi Fairbrother came onto the court in second half and scored 2 of her 3 goals and was top scorer for GB today. A good performance by Louise Jukes who scored 2 goals, but also fought very hard in defence and showed that even though the GB girls were behind, they never stopped fighting.
The fighting spirit is a quality all the girls in the GB team posses and are well known for in the handball world.
Unfortunately again today the fighting spirit wasn’t enough for the girls to get a win, the final result being 37-14 to Croatia.
It was an emotional GB squad that huddled together for their final team shout after the match followed by applauding the crowd. The crowd in the Copper Box has been absolutely amazing and it seems as if handball has really caught on in Britain. This was one of the main goals for the GB team going into the Olympic Games, to show Britain exactly why handball is such a great sport.
GB has incredible potential in the handball world and hopefully after watching it at the games, developing handball will be something everyone will want to be a part of.
Text: Heidi Møller Jensen
Photo: Nigel Farrow