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GB women finish fourth in Cyprus

Holly Lam-Moores was GB's top scorer (Credit: A.Papadopoulos)
Holly Lam-Moores was GB's top scorer (Credit: A.Papadopoulos)

The British women's handball team achieved their aim of a top-four finish at the European Challenge Trophy.

A 23-16 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina in the bronze medal match in Cyprus left them with three wins and two losses.

GB beat Cyprus 29-17 in their opening fixture, then had an excellent 19-16 win over Faroe Islands, and completed the group by beating Estonia 24-16.

Their first defeat was a 19-16 semi-final loss to eventual winners Finland, before they faced Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Top scorer for Great Britain was Holly Lam-Moores with five goals, while Lada Dungworth scored three and Yvette Frings two.

The British players were drawn from the World Class Handball programmes in Denmark and Sheffield.

As part of plans to reach a world-class standard by the London 2012 Olympics the team has been rebuilt on the back of recruitment campaigns such as Sporting Giants and Talent ID.

None of the players had more than one GB cap and they had an average age of just 20.

The team will now return to their base at the GB Training Academy at Aarhus in Denmark, where they will continue their progress under head coach Jesper Holmris and his team.

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