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17 September 2015

Great Britain & Denmark remain undefeated at Euros

By Lauri Jaakkola

 

Many thought that the last group stage match in the 2015 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby European Championship between Great Britain and Sweden would be very even contest. But instead Great Britain decided to make a statement of their power with 63–47 victory.

 

Great Britain topped the Pool A and meet Germany in Friday’s semifinal. Sweden plays against neighbor country Denmark in another semifinal.

 

– We wanted to show everybody what we are capable of, said Jamie Stead of GB after an impressive win.

The Brits are now only one win away of qualifying to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Friday’s semifinal winners earn tickets to Rio.

 

– Job is not finished yet. The most important thing against Germans is not to underestimate them. We have to fight hard to the last whistle, told Stead.

 

Great Britain was bit shaky in their opening match against France where they almost let a ten goal lead slip from their hands. But on Thursday’s matches against Belgium and Sweden they were very strong.

 

– We had a game plan, and we knew that if we stick to it, we wouldn’t have any problems, said Stead.

 

On Thursday’s other matches Denmark beat Ireland 67–44 to top the Pool B ahead of Germany who took the second semifinal spot after defeating home team Finland 58–50. The Finns lost all their three matches and finished at the bottom of their pool.

 

Before the evening clash between Great Britain and Sweden in Pool A, GB already beat Belgium 57–33 and Sweden defeated France 57–48.

 

In Friday’s placement matches France meets Finland and Ireland plays against Belgium.

 

Friday’s schedule in the 2105 IWRF European Championship in Pajulahti, Finland

 

(in Finnish time, UTC+2h)

12.00 Placement match, places 5–8: France–Finland

14.00 Placement match, places 5–8: Ireland–Belgium

16.00 Semifinal: Great Britain–Germany

18.00 Semifinal: Denmark–Sweden

 

For full tournament results and schedule visit www.iwrf.com/?page=iwrf_news&id=454