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McDermott looking to future after Euro qualifying defeat

April 5, 2013 20:58 pm

Chris McDermott insisted Great Britain's handball team will learn from their heavy defeat to Italy - which ended their hopes of qualifying for the 2016 European Championships.

McDermott was one of just five players involved at last year's Olympics who lined up in Scotland under new head coach Bill Bailie.

But qualification was always a long shot, with Great Britain now bottom of their group following the 47-23 defeat.

Two years ago, Great Britain - who saw their funding cut after the London 2012 Olympics - beat Italy by ten goals but their largely inexperienced new line-up struggled.

Michele Skater top-scored for the visitors while Steven Larsson, another of the surviving Olympic squad members, netted seven for the hosts.

"We're a young team and it's been difficult after the Olympics," said McDermott, who will make his 51st international appearance against qualification group leaders Greece at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

"But we're rebuilding as a team now and that work will probably not generate results in the immediate future. However, I still believe we can do great things in the coming years."

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