Great Britain have made it into the semi finals of the 2017 European Championships with their third win this week. Paul Shaw’s men remained unbeaten in Group B, claiming top spot with a well-deserved 60-47 victory over Denmark.
They had to wait to find out their next opponents, who were later confirmed as France who had to beat Germany to be sure of a spot in the final four.
It has been a good week for Paul Shaw’s side so far as they recorded wins against Poland (57-32) and Ireland (65-27) before ending Denmark’s winning streak earlier today.
Speaking straight after the Denmark game, GB star Ayaz Bhuta was pleased that his side had gone through to the semi finals as group winners: “We are buzzing, we had a really professional performance in the first two games and we knew Denmark would be our toughest challenge. We showed true grit and came out on top as winners.”
Whilst the team waited to hear who they would be playing next, Bhuta added: “We will take on anyone, you can only beat what is in front of you and we are confident with both of those teams (Germany or France). Germany have played well this week and France have come on leaps and bounds since the Paralympics.”
A win tomorrow against France (2pm UK time) will put Shaw’s side into Saturday’s final, an experience Bhuta knows well after being part of the 2015 European Championship winning side.
“I was nervous last time, we went to Finland (in 2015) to win it and there was a lot of pressure. This time there is pressure again to retain the title.
“We have worked really hard this year and although we lost the funding and not had the best preparations, the camps that we have done have been really intense, the coaches and players have been great.
“We have had players retire and the new players coming in have bedded in really well. We have had some good training before the tournament and I think that shows on court when we play. We are firing on all cylinders.”
GB will face France in the semi final tomorrow at 2pm UK time. You can watch the game live via this link:
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