White confident ahead of next round of 2016 Euro qualifiers

26 March 2013 / 13:44

Captain Bobby White is adamant Britain’s men’s handball team can keep their hopes of reaching the 2016 European Championships alive as they prepare for two qualifying games on home soil.

Britain will make their first appearance on home soil since the London 2012 Olympic Games when they face Italy at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre near Motherwell on April 4.

The team will then travel south to London as they host Greece, who ran out 43-14 winners in their opening phase one qualifying match in Loutraki back in October, at Crystal Palace three days later.

After that defeat, Greece went on to beat Italy 31-25 with Britain needing to win their two matches on home soil if they are to stand a chance of reaching the second phase of qualification.

Only the winner of three-team group advances and White, who was part of the British team at the London 2012 Olympics, believes achieving that feat isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.

“We will be going into these matches with confidence, knowing that when we’re at our best we can compete with these teams,” said White.

“In June 2012 we lost narrowly to both teams away in Italy but I am hoping that on home soil, with a home crowd behind us, we can go that little bit further and go for the win.

“We have some great talent coming through from the under-19s, and if we can maintain some kind of momentum I think the future of this team will be in good hands.”

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