GB U16s Storm To Victory Over Mannheim

GB U16s 15 Mannheim 0

Great Britain Under-16s beat Mannheim 15-0 in Madrid in their first game since reforming.


The game was preparation for an international tournament where GB will come up against hosts Spain, as well as France, Germany, Poland and Hungary.


From the outset Great Britain were very efficient in their offensive play which gave little or no room for Mannheim in the defensive zone.


The game provided the coaches with a lot of of opportunities to use various line combinations and defensive parings.


Kieron Brown (Iowa Wild) and Jordan Buesa (Toronto Titans) scored hat-tricks, while Liam Redwood (Nottingham) and Aidan Strangway (Notre Dame) scored twice.


There was one each for Mason Biddulph (Chelmsford), Lewis English (Slough), Lewis Houston (Solway), Caly Roberston (Kirkcaldy) and Garry Simpson (Kirkcaldy).  


Assistant coach, Scott Plews, said: "Last night's game gave us a chance to try our lines out as it was the first time we have had everyone together due to having players abroad.


"Mannheim proved to be a less talented team than hoped but still played with a great attitude.


"Keeping the guys focused on their jobs, whilst trying certain positional plays was our main priority.


"The coaching staff all feel the guys played exceptionally well together.


We will only continue to get better each game too and we are really looking forward to the next game." 


Kieran Brown was selected as man of the match. 


Meanwhile, the captain and assistants have been named for the upcoming international tournament. 


Redwood will captain the side, with Buesa and Finlay Ulrick (Sheffield) named as assistants.


Head coach, Rob Wilkinson, said "All three players have been having great seasons for their club sides.


"They will provide outstanding leadership throughout the tournament."


*** UPDATED: Friday April 1, 2016




Great Britain Under-16s beat Majadahonda 10-1 in Madrid ahead of the international tournament which gets under way tomorrow.


But they were made to work hard for their win, despite the youngsters dominating for large spells of the game.


Mason Biddulph (Chelmsford) netted a hat-trick and Kieron Brown (Iowa Wild) scored twice.


There was a goal each for Jamie Ord (Whitley Bay), Garry Simpson (Kirkcaldy), Liam Redwood (Nottingham), Lewis Houston (Solway) and Aiden Strangeway (Notre Dame). 


Assistant coach, Sean Easton, said: "It was another warm-up game for the coaches to finalise where we want to be as a team before the tournament starts.


"It was a long day for the team and they looked mentally and physically tired, but this is a learning curve for these players.


"The team now look forward to the start of the tournament with three games on Saturday." 


Mason Biddulph was named man of the match. 


GB will now play three games tomorrow (Saturday), facing Spain, Mannheim and Rouen.


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