Williams sets sights on non-Euro teams

20 July 2012 / 16:12

Great Britain men's handball playmaker Ciaran Williams has targeted the two non-European teams in his side's group when they make their Olympic Games bow next week.

Team GB were drawn in Group A with reigning gold medallists France, reigning silver medallists Iceland, Sweden, Tunisia and Argentina as they compete at the Games for the first time.

Coach Dragan Djukic's men have struggled to compete with the European powerhouses on their turbulent journey towards London, meaning the games against the African and South American opponents represent their best chance of adding to their total of one competitive victory.

"The European sides are countries with 60 years experience of handball and we've got six years in comparison," Williams told Press Association Sport.

"So with the top European nations it's a case of bridging the gap and being as competitive as possible against them, which we have done but for just 30 or 40 minutes.

"It's about doing it on the big stage and we are looking at the two non-European teams.

"They defend more openly and they haven't got the biggest handballing history, they have still got more than us, but when we started out and tried to fast-track it was to try and catch these nations rather than the top two or three, so that's where our opportunity lies I think.

"We know what our goals are, it's about the performance, it's about being competitive and closing that gap as much as possible.

"When we play at home, it's like we're a different team, we really do respond to that support, I really believe if everyone gets behind us in the Copper Box we can really push forward."