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Jul 28, 2014, 1:27 pm
Goalball UK End of Season Tournament
This year’s end of season tournament took place at Charnwood College in Loughborough (12/7/14). The event saw over 60 players play across 3 halls one for each level of play (Novice, Intermediate & Elite). The event was supported by over 20 officials and volunteers. The competition was tough but played in as always great spirit! Following the competition players, officials and supporters gathered for the presentations. Goalball UK would like to congratulate all the winners and thank everyone for another great season! We look forward to delivering a bigger a better domestic calendar next year. To download the Goalball UK 2014/15 fixtures Click Here
Winners & Awards
Goalball UK Player of the Season: Filmon Eyassu (Cambridge)
Keith Lound Award (Service to the Sport): Andy Gordon
National League: Winchester
Elite League: Winchester
Intermediate League (South): RNC Hereford
Intermediate League (North): Scarborough
Novice League: Scarborough
2013/14 Season Top Goal scorers
Elite: Niall Graham (Nottingham) Laura Perry (RNC) &
Georgie Bullen (Leicester)
Intermediate (South): David Scott (RNC) Jessica Luke (Leicester)
Intermediate (North): Dan Hudson (Scarborough) Mehreen Akhtar (Kirklees)
Novice: Bilal Hussain (Nottingham) Kali Holder (Winchester)
To view a selection of picture from the event Click Here
Jul 15, 2014, 10:45 am
A group of 5 selected young players and 2 coaches had the amazing opportunity to visit the IBSA Goalball World Championships in Finland (2-6th July) while also taking part in an International Youth Development Camp alongside the competition with Finland, Germany and South Korea.
The trip included training sessions Janice Dawson the former Canadian Women’s coach, competitive matches against the other nations and tickets to watch the World Championship medal games. The trip was a great success with both players and coaches learning lots from other nations and being inspired by watching the best players in the world compete on the biggest stage!
Goalball UK would like to congratulate the players selected for their achievements: Sam Hoskin (Thames Valley) David Scott (RNC Hereford) Kali Holder (Winchester) Antonia Bunyan (York) Peter Doyle (Kirklees)
Jun 2, 2014, 3:38 pm
Both the Great Britain Men’s and Women’s squad were in Sweden last weekend (31/5/14 – 1/6/14) competing in the Malmo Lady & Men Intercup. The tournament was very strong with lots of teams involved preparing for the 2014 World Championships in July.
Men - Bronze Medal
Team: Naill Graham (Nottingham) Dan Roper (RNC Hereford) David Knott (Winchester) Adam Knott (Winchester)
Great Britain 7 – 7 Belgium
Denmark 1 – 11 Great Britain
Ukraine 9 – 5 Great Britain
Great Britain 3 – 10 Germany
Great Britain 10 – 3 Israel
Congratulations to the squad on their bronze medal and a special mention for Adam Knott who finished 2nd highest goal scorer (23) in the competition.
Women - 7th Place
Team: Georgina Bullen (Leicester) Laura Perry (RNC Hereford) Anna Tipton (Thames Valley) Sarah Leiter (Cambridge)
Ukraine 4 – 0 Great Britain
Turkey 8 – 3 Great Britain
Great Britain 0 – 6 Finland
Great Britain 10 – 0 Belgium
Great Britain 6 – 5 Spain
Denmark 4 – 7 Great Britain (7/8 Playoff)
Well done to the team on a great tournament and a special mention for Anna Tipton who finished 5th highest goal scorer (11) in the competition.
To download the full results from the tournament and all goal scorers please click here
Jun 2, 2014, 3:23 pm
I’m pleased to announce Aaron Ford as the new lead coach & programme manager for the Great Britain Women’s programme. Aaron has been in the set up over the last year and will now lead the team into a crucial period as we look forward to the IBSA European B Championships in Hungary 22-29th September.
May 28, 2014, 2:50 pm
Is there a better way to spend a Bank Holiday weekend then staying awake for 24+ hours playing goalball?! Players and officials from around the country certainly didn't think so as they took part in Goalball UK's 1st ever Marathon tournament held at Joseph Rowntree School in York.
The 1st game took place at 2pm on Saturday and games continued all the way through the night until 2pm on Sunday! There was even time for some role reversal with players having a go at officiating and officials having a go at playing!
The eventual winners in Group A were '3 Tall 1 Small' made up of Adam Knott (Winchester), Sam Howie (Glasgow), Nathan Cooper (South Yorkshire) and Louise Simpson (West Yorkshire). They were also joined by Javed Mohammed (Kirklees) as a wild card player for the final.
Group B winners were 'Phoenix' made up of Meryl Parker (Scarborough), Ryan Wilcock (Nottingham), Laura Tambin (York) and Matt King (Winchester).
Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to Costa Coffee, Vue Cinema, Tenpin Bowling and Bannatynes Health Club for donating raffle prizes, plus Tesco who helped keep everyone fuelled.
Anyone fancy a 48 hour tournament in 2015?!
May 13, 2014, 9:53 am
Last weekend (10th and 11th May) the Goalball UK GB Cup took place at The Lighthouse in Birmingham. This year we had 8 teams enter so they were split in to 2 groups - in Group 1 were Leicester, Winchester, Thames Valley and Kirklees and in Group 2 were Yorkshire, RNC Hereford, Nottingham and Glasgow. On day one all 12 group matches were played and there were lots of close games with many being decided by just 1 or 2 goals. The standout game was a re-run of last year’s final between Leicester and Winchester with Winchester coming out on top 11-9 so consequently winning Group 1.
The placing games took place on day two and after winning their semi-finals by the mercy rule, the stage was set for another match between Winchester and Leicester in the final. After losing their semi-finals, Nottingham and Glasgow played out for the final medal position. It was a close game with the score tied at 6-6 until the last minute when Glasgow scored two late goals to clinch bronze (winning 8-6). The final followed and Leicester made a strong start scoring early goals. Winchester chased the game but Leicester stayed strong and continued to score goals at crucial times, eventually winning by the mercy rule 17-7 late in the second half. Congratulations to Leicester Bulls on retaining the GB Cup!
Across the two days lots of goals were scored with Amir Afshari (Leicester) leading the way for the men with 40. Closely behind were Adam Knott (Winchester) and Phil Green (Yorkshire) with 33 each. For the women Laura Perry (RNC Hereford) top scored with 4 with Sarah Leiter (Thames Valley) in second place with 3.
Goalball UK would like to thank all the officials and volunteers that helped make the tournament a great success. All teams can be proud of their performances and once again congratulations to Leicester Bulls Goalball Club.
5 Thames Valley
8 RNC Hereford
For full game by game results please click here.
Apr 14, 2014, 3:42 pm
Congratulations to Louise Simpson (West Yorkshire Goalball Club) and Rojimon Cherian (Cambridge Goalball Club) who together with their guide runners both finished the London Marathon yesterday.
Louise was running for VICTA (http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LouiseSimpson6) and finished in 5 hours, 32 minutes and 27 seconds whilst Rojimon was running for British Blind Sport and Camsight (www.justgiving.com/Rojimon-and-Joe) and finished in 4 hours, 43 minutes and 49 seconds.
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Apr 8, 2014, 10:42 am
Both our Women and Men teams have been competing internationally recently at the Venice Goalball Tournament. It was a tough competition for both teams but many positives to take away from Italy. Here are the results from both teams:
Men - finishing 8th
Slovenia 12 – Team England 6
Women – finishing 6th
Great Britain 6 – Greece 3
Both teams will be competing in the Malmo Inter Cup in Sweden on 29th May - 1st June.
A full report of the Venice Goalball Tournament can be found by clicking here.