GB Women bring home the European Championship 2017 bronze medal
The GB women brought their A game to the number 1 court in Tenerife this morning to battle the French women’s team for the European Bronze Medal.
Today marked the sixth time the British women have faced the French squad in a bronze medal game at a European Championship; with good form on their side and a pool game win against the French already under their belt at this championships, the GB women were confident another win was within their reach.
Putting behind them their disappointment at not achieving their gold medal game ambition, the GB squad entered the court a determined team.
From the moment GB’s Robyn Love won the tip the British women dominated the game. Winning all four quarters with an aggressive offensive game and key players #10 Amy Conroy and #7 Helen Freeman playing out of their skins as top points scorers for the GB women’s team. The women’s co-captain Helen Freeman contributed 27 points alone to GB’s final points’ tally of 68.
The British team had a hard fought win against the French women at the beginning of the 2017 tournament; only narrowly claiming the pool stage win by just four points.
The GB squad were in good form coming into the game showing world class credentials during their pool stage win over Spain, and dominating the first half of the Netherlands semi-final game.
At the close of the third quarter the GB team had secured a 26 point advantage against the French; however as the fourth played out France focused on its defensive game attempting to keep the GB women at bay.
Both nations battled hard for the coveted European bronze medal but ultimately the GB women were triumphant with a final score line 68-37.
Coach Miles Thompson was proud of his team and their win today commenting:
“The game we played against France was the game we were searching for this tournament; we separated early and we stayed separated through consistent defence. Our offensive efforts allowed us to score nearly 70 points.”
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