Buoyed on by a full stadium of 10,000 spectators and the area outside the stadium resembling the Wimbledon hill when Andy Murray is playing, GB gave a good performance against the USA ranked the best in the world. Leading 13-11 after the first quarter, the USA slowly ground us down, restricting our space and making it difficult to unleash the likes of Aaron Phipps and Dave Anthony. By half time the USA were 10 points up and the game finished with a 56-44 victory for the USA. Despite the result this was an encouraging performance by our young team and we will go into the France game knowing more about what we have to do to win and also much better prepared for the overwhelming noise and thrill spilling out from the crowd into the arena.
Almost more important for the long term success of the sport is the massive media coverage that the game has generated. National TV last night picked it all up in a very positive way and today we occupy all of the main national newspapers including a fantastic front page of The Guardian – thank you to photographer Tom Jenkins who is a highly acclaimed international sports photographer and the son of my close neighbour in Cornwall! Now for France!