No cup of joy for GB

08 April 2012 / 11:29

Great Britain men's handball team finished in last place after three defeats in the Pinsent Masons' London Handball Cup at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

GB were playing in the round-robin tournament with Argentina, South Korea and Tunisia, who rank among the best in the world, as practice for this summer's Olympic Games. And they found life tough against the South Americans on Thursday night, going down to a hefty 32-15 defeat, before being put to the sword by Tunisia on Good Friday in a 41-15 loss.

Dragan Djukic's side did at least restore some pride on Saturday by giving a fast and athletic South Korea a test before losing 29-25, but three defeats mean they finished bottom of the pile, with Tunisia winning the event.

One positive GB can take from the tournament was the performance of right-back Steven Larsson who finished top scorer with 19 goals, 14 of those coming in a fine individual showing against Korea.

A spokesman for British Handball said: "The plan for the Pinsent Masons' London Handball Cup was to give Great Britain experience of playing against the top nations so they can better prepare for this summer's Olympics.

"On that score it is very much 'job done' with lessons learned, and Great Britain will take heart from their performance against a very strong Korean side."

GB next take to the court in June for their Euro 2014 pre-qualification tournament in Italy, where they face Greece, Switzerland and the host nation in a bid to get through to the group stage of qualifying.