BOBBY White’s Great Britain handball team produced probably their best ever performance against Iceland on Monday afternoon, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to earn them a victory.
After losing their previous four London 2012 group games to France, Sweden, Argentina and Tunisia, Team GB saved their very best for last as they gave their far more experienced opponents a few scares before going down 41-24.
Iceland, who were already sure of finishing top of Group A and took silver at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, didn’t know what hit them in the first half of the match at the Copper Box.
Team GB scored 12 times inside the opening 20 minutes to stay within a goal or two of an Iceland side boasting several players with more than 200 appearances to their name.
Captain White was in particularly good form as he produced eight fantastic first half saves to keep Iceland out, while at the other end the team enjoyed a 46 per cent shooting record – by far their best of the tournament as the hosts trailed just 18-15 at the break.
Once again Steven Larsson led the Team GB scoring, but unfortunately the second half followed a familiar pattern to their previous four games as those in red, white and blue couldn’t maintain the pace and Iceland were able to take advantage, giving the final scoreline a flattering look to it.
It’s been an impressive Olympic debut for White and Team GB, and although they didn’t manage to pick up the historic victory they had hoped for, they have succeeded in showcasing the sport in the UK with some thoroughly entertaining action.