Our GB Men’s Handball team lost their second Game on the worlds Stage in the Copper box against Sweden 19:41.
Again, GB started off well into the game. The crowd was behind our Team from the first second and the atmosphere in the box fantastic. Unfortunately only for a short time.
It didn’t take long for Sweden to read GB’s game play and after not even 10 minutes our GB Men were down 2:8. They were not able to pick it up again and went into Halftime with an excruciating score of 10:24. Sebastian Prieto was the most conspicuous Player on GB’s side scoring 3 Goals out of 4 attempts in the first half.
Head coach Dragan Djukic must have had a lot to say at Halftime as the team took their time to get back on court to start the second half.
Going in to second Half Sweden carried on where they left it and raised the score throughout the game.
Every once and again our GB Lads were able to show to what they are capable of and scored some very well played out Goals.
Our most consistant player over 60 minutes was Chris Mohr (3 Goals). It was him, who took over and was responsible for having structured attacks. And as soon as they played without mistakes they scored or at least had a very good chance to do so.
Too many mistakes gave Sweden the chance to fast break very easily. Both Swedish Wingers Petersen (7 Goals) and Ekberg (13 Goals) were responsible for half the Goals that Sweden scored to and full time result of 19:41.
On a small note: 3 Minutes before the end of the game Chris Mc Dermott was shown the red card after getting three 2 minute suspensions which did not really affect the rest of the game.
One could tell the disappointment in our GB Men’s eyes but one thing is for sure already:
The crowd is behind the Lads immensely and will be for the rest of the tournament.
Especially on Thursday when GB battle Argentina at 2.30pm for the second time after the Pinsent Masons Cup in April. Its time for revenge.
Text: Simon Wittling
Photo: Nigel Farrow