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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 July, 2004, 17:45 GMT 18:45 UK
Testing times for GB
The Great Britain wheelchair rugby team had mixed fortunes during their recent tour of America and Canada.

The Athens-bound squad reached the final of the North America Cup in Alabama and then finished third in a six-team tournament in Vancouver.

In Alabama, the squad were beaten 39-35 in the opener by the USA.

They recovered well to defeat world champions Canada and Germany before earning a rematch against the USA in the final.

The USA proved too strong again in the decider, winning 41-34.

The second tournament in Vancouver two days later saw the four teams who competed in Alabama joined by Belgium and a Canadian Development team.

We are more motivated than ever in our Paralympic build-up
GB player Justin Frishberg

GB found the going tough, losing to Germany, Canada and the USA in their first three games but recovered to see off the Canada development team and Belgium to set up a semi-final meeting with Canada.

Despite losing 30-27, the level of performance was much better than the earlier games and the side beat Germany 36-29 in the third and fourth place play-off to finish the tournament on a winning note.

British wheelchair rugby player Justin Frishberg said: "GB must be happy with our continued progress and our ability to mix it with the best.

"Obviously we are disappointed with the defeats and there will be important lessons to learn.

"However, we have seven training camps between now and Athens and will be more motivated than ever in our Paralympic build-up."


Tournament results:

Alabama
GB 35-39 USA
GB 39-37 Canada
GB 43-34 Germany
GB 44-31 Germany (semi-finals)
GB 34-41 USA (final)

Vancouver
GB 25-26 Germany
GB 36-37 Canada
GB 29-43 USA
GB 51-29 Canada Development Team
GB 42-36 Belgium
GB 27-30 Canada (semi-finals)
GB 36-29 Germany (3rd/4th play-off)*

* USA beat Canada in the final 33-32




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