Tough test no surprise for handball ace

02 August 2012 / 15:14

Holly Lam-Moores is not surprised by how difficult Great Britain's women's handball team have found life at their maiden Olympic Games, but is trying to look at the bigger picture.

Team GB have been given a tough introduction to their first ever major tournament, having suffered defeats to Montenegro, Russia and Brazil in their opening three Group A preliminary games, going down to a 30-17 reverse to the South Americans on Wednesday.

That is no shame, though, having only formed six years ago when London was awarded the Games and the margin of those defeats certainly does not reflect the progress that has been made since their inception in 2006.

And ahead of Friday's game with Angola, which is GB's most realistic chance of winning, the Lancashire winger has dished out a dose of reality.

"Six years ago we had three players in this team," she told Press Association Sport. "The Norwegians, French and Russians were winning medals then and it is the national sport in those countries.

"It is in the shadows here and until now no one knew what it really was, so we can't expect to come here, win a few games, get a medal and go home. We knew it would be the case that we'd struggle.

"We have lost three games now and still the support is fantastic and you can really see the nation loves handball.

"In another four or eight years we could really be winning Olympic medals if they carry on supporting us like they are doing."