Collins confident ahead of opening EuroBasket qualifier

05 June 2014 / 13:09

Playmaker Stef Collins believes Great Britain’s blend of youth and experience leaves them strongly placed ahead of their opening Women’s EuroBasket second qualification round game against Belgium this weekend.

Britain are aiming to make their third appearance at the Women’s EuroBasket, which takes place in Hungary and Romania next year.

With six Group B qualifying matches over the course of this month, Collins and the British team are set for a busy few weeks.

First up is a home clash with Belgium this Sunday but Collins, who has been an ever-present in the team since 2006, insists they are feeling confident.

"We have a big challenge lying in wait to qualify for another EuroBasket and especially with so many fresh faces. I actually think we have a really good mix now,” said the 31-year-old.

"You have got people like myself who have played over 100 games and competed in every single GB campaign, but you also have others who bring different experiences.

"I just think about when we initially went up into Division A, when we made our first EuroBasket appearance in 2011, when we played against the highest standard of opposition possible at the Olympics and of course, attaining our best ever tournament record with three wins and three losses last year at EuroBasket in France.

"The one thing linking all those achievements is that we were always united and regardless of what was happening, we always embraced whatever new chapter came our way.”

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