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Aug 11, 2014, 3:19 pm
Last weekend (8th-10th August) saw 3 teams from Great Britain (Youth, Development & Women) compete in an international development tournament with Sweden Youth and Finland Youth. The tournament was held at The Point 4 facility at RNC Hereford. In the group stages GB Youth looked very strong winning 4 out 4 and completing mercy wins over Sweden and Finland Youth. GB Women recorded victories over Finland Youth (7- 4) and Sweden Youth (8 – 4). The GB development team looked strong in the group stage recoding victories over Sweden Youth (9-4) and GB Women (8-3) but went down in a very close game to Finland Youth (6-7). The Swedish team were unable to record a win in the group stages losing the final game (9-11) to Finland Youth. The Swedish competed strongly considering all their players were 16 & under.
With the focus of the tournament developing players Sundays schedule was adjusted. The two semi-finals reflected the group standings with GB Youth v Finland Youth and GB Women v GB. Finland Youth put up a much stronger display than in the group stages but eventually lost (4-7) to GB Youth. GB Development beat the GB Women 10-2 to secure their place in the final. This meant Sweden would play Finland Youth in 4/5th Playoff. The game was high scoring similar to group stage and Finland again prevailed winning (15-12). The Final was a repeat of the tournament's opening game and the result was the same with the GB Youth winning (11-5) and completing the tournament winning all 6 games!
1. GB Youth
2. GB Development
3. GB Women
4. Finland Youth
5. Sweden Youth
Goalball UK would like to thank Sweden and Finland for coming to the UK to compete in the tournament that was played in great spirit! We would also like to thank the officials for their time and effort across the weekend, without them the event wouldn’t have been possible!
For full game results and goal scoring stats please click here
For pictures from the event please click here
Aug 11, 2014, 3:15 pm
Great Britain will have 3 teams competing in a tournament against Finland Youth and Sweden Youth this weekend at RNC Hereford.
GB Women: Georgie Bullen (Leicester), Emma Jones (York), Sarah Leiter (Cambridge), Andrea Logan (Glasgow), Laura Perry (RNC) and Anna Tipton (Thames Valley)
GB Development: Dave Butler (Nottingham), Niall Graham (Nottingham), Phil Green (South Yorkshire) and Dan Roper (RNC)
GB Youth: Sam Hoskin (Thames Valley), Adam Knott (Winchester), David Knott (Winchester) and David Scott (RNC).
The opening game is at 4.30pm on Friday with the semi finals and final taking place on Sunday morning. Click Here for the fixtures.
Aug 6, 2014, 8:33 am
Cambridge Dons Goalball player Sarah Leiter has taken a giant step in fulfilling her dreams of playing Goalball for Great Britain at international level. Sarah currently studying at Cambridge University received her British Citizenship at a ceremony last week (picture below). We would like to thank Sarah for the commitment and effort she has gone to represent Great Britain! Sarah hopes to make the Women’s squad which competes in the European B Championships, September 22-29th in Hungary.
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.
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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?!