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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 March 2006, 14:14 GMT
GB hockey team thrashed by Canada
Canada's Dany Verner clashes with GB's Richard Whitehead
Canada's Dany Verner clashes with GB's Richard Whitehead
Great Britain's hockey team slumped to a comprehensive 9-0 defeat at the hands of Canada on the opening day of events at the Paralympic Games in Turin.

Following Friday's impressive opening ceremony, a 3,000 crowd turned out to watch a disappointing British display.

Coach Kevin Whiteman said: "It was a massive achievement for us to qualify for the Games, but this highlights the difference in quality at this level."

Elsewhere, Briton Liz Miller finished a creditable 10th in the downhill skiing.

And the 26-year-old was delighted with her performance, saying: "This is my first performance at these games and I'm delighted.

"I clocked around the time I was hoping to, so I can't ask for more than that."

Britain's hockey team could face an even sterner test on Sunday, when they face world champions Norway.

But Whiteman insisted: "We won't be downhearted and we will look forward to matching up against another fine side."

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