Spain pain for GB women

25 July 2012 / 20:06

Great Britain's women handball team suffered a 33-17 defeat to Spain in their final Olympic Games warm-up match at the Copper Box.

The Spaniards, who are expected to be in the shake-up for a medal in London having won bronze at last year's World Championships, were just too mean in defence for Team GB, restricting them to a 47 per cent conversion rate compared to their opponents' 69 per cent.

Indeed, GB did not convert until their ninth shot, by which time they were already trailing 6-0 and there was no way back from a 15-5 deficit at the interval.

It was much of the same after the break as Spain continued to dominate, though coach Jesper Holmris will take positives from a brave defensive display, a strong finish and the performance of left-winger Britt Goodwin, who top-scored for Team GB with seven goals.

The next time the women will take the court at the Copper Box will be on Saturday night when they get their maiden Olympic Games campaign underway with a Group A clash against Montenegro.

Meanwhile, the men's team complete their preparations with their final warm-up clash against Serbia in the Copper Box on Thursday night.