It has been a week since we returned from Canada and it’s still sinking in that we achieved our best ever world ranking.
I’m currently on my holidays so this blog will be short but I thought I would bring together all the match reports from the World Championships with my own short summary, so here you go:
Great Britain are first team to win at 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship!
An early start with the opening match of the tournament. Brazil took us to a very close match last time we played at the Paralympics in London but this time we made sure we didn’t let that happen. Although we stated a little nervous we managed to get a comfortable 56-37 win.
Great Britain put up strong defence against Paralympic Champions at the 2014 Women’s World Championship
This was the match where we wanted to show the progress we’d made as a team but unfortunately our shots just wouldn’t drop. Despite keeping the Paralympic gold medalists to just 55 points, our total of 33 was disappointing and not enough to to win at this level of competition.
Short-benched GB Team battle to victory over Japan at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
Having played Japan a couple of times at the recent Tri-Nations Cup at Worcester Arena, we knew that this was a team we could play well against. We were missing 2 players due to illness but this just showed the depth of the squad with other players stepping up and taking a lead role. We worked our way to a comfortable 62-48 win.
Great Britain secure Quarter Final spot at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship!
Last time we played China, they got the W to take them to the 5th/6th playoff at the London Paralympics but this time it was us who got the all important win to secure our quarter final spot. It was a close match until we dominated in the 3rd quarter to take control of the match and eventually won 64-47.
Great Britain to face the USA in Quarter Finals of 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
Another tough match where the lead changed hand many times but the win wasn’t to be ours on this occasion. Our defence wasn’t as strong as in previous matches and our execution offensively wasn’t there. That said, we finished the pool round in 3rd and this meant a cross over against the US. Final score Canada 59-52 GB.
Reigning World Champions battle to gritty Quarter Final victory over Great Britain
Once again our shooting let us down and although we were able to bring the margin back to single figures on a few occasions, the USA proved to be too strong for us and they advanced to the semi-finals with 53-41 win.
Great Britain on track to secure highest ever finish at Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
Having played the French 5 times at a recent tournament, we knew that they could be dangerous if we allowed them to play offence. It took until the 4th quarter for GB to make our mark on the match but it saw us edge out a 17 point win, with the final score 58-41.
Great Britain defeat Paralympic silver medallists to secure best ever finish at the Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship
This was without a doubt our best match of the tournament and although the scores were tied at the end of 40 minutes, we made no mistake in overtime. We kept calm and edge to a 7 point win, scoring 77 points against a strong Australian squad.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who sent good luck messages during the tournament. The positivity we felt from everyone at home was incredible and really helped to boost the squad at difficult times. I’m hugely proud of what the squad has achieved in such a short space of time and I’m excited for the next 2 years building up to Rio, although I know it will be a lot of hard work.