2018 starts here

Squads met in November and December 2017 at Hatfield for baseline fitness and skills testing.

The 4 squads are meeting separately in order to use local pools. The women were once again in Derby and Nottingham for the weekend.

Midland canoe club hosted us on Saturday morning.

Matt Carlin at Reinvention Fitness hosted our gym session.

We enjoyed our warm pool session followed by dinner.

Sunday morning we were back at Nottingham for a cold session on the water.

We spend the afternoon team building in the forest at Adrenalin Jungle dismantling, carrying and reassembling a cannon around an assault course.

Another productive weekend for the team. Looking forward to the March training weekend with all the squads, and hopefully with warmer weather.

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Playing for bronze

Despite our best efforts we lost to the Germans in the semi final.

The bronze medal match was against Switzerland at 11.50. Unfortunately we didn’t play against them as we had in the group game and lost the game 1-4.

We are still very proud of how we have performed over the course of the Championships and after a week of rest we will be back to our individual training before Squads resume in November.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the season.

Through to a Semi final! 💪🏻🇬🇧

Today we played France and Italy in our second group. They played each other earlier on in the day, France winning 2-1.

We started strong against the French taking the lead. At half time we were 3-2 up. A few mistakes in our attack led to French breaks and we were 3-6 down with a few minutes to go. With strong 5 out play we managed to get it back to 4-6 and a last minute steal, pass and a great shot from Louise ended the game 5-6. A disappointing result but we were pleased to bring it back within 1 goal.


We had a quick lunch and regrouped before it was time to play Italy. We knew that a draw would be good enough to see us through to the semi final stages but we went out to win. It was a close game, both sides defending hard. The lead switch between both team. We managed to bring the score back to 3-3 and hold the ball for the last few minutes securing us a place in the semi final, the first one for this team at a major Championship.

Game Results

Thursday 

Game 1. 10:40

GB 3 – Spain 0


Game 2: 14:40

GB 7 – Sweden 2


Game 3: 18:00

GB 0 v Germany 6

Friday 

Game 1: 10:40 

GB 9 v Russia 1


Game 2 13:20 

GB 7 v Switzerland 4

We finished 2nd in our group.


Saturday

Game 1 13:20

GB 5 v France 6

Game 2 16:00

GB 3 v Italy 3

Sunday

Semi final against Germany 9:10 pitch 2 

Opening Ceremony 

We were all quite excited for the prospect of the opening ceremony after having seen quite a few boats on the canal.


Our very own Bethan Littlewood was selected to represent us on the GB barge. 


She did us very proud, sending us photos from the boat.


And from the front of the stage


It’s always fun at the ceremony wearing our official GB track suits.


We also took official photos with the rest of the squads


First games start tomorrow. Men and u21 Men at 8am local time.Women and u21 women at 10:40am local time.

European Food Blog

Our accommodation for this year is a gîte 25mins away from the competition site. 

We are sharing with the u21 ladies and are catering dinners for ourselves.

So far we have had some pretty good feasts…

Homemade Pizza.

Spaghetti Bolognaise (this pot was off all 21 of us staying) 

A post opening ceremony cheese fest.


Steak Night


Followed by ice cream


European Championships preparation

We arrived safely in St Omer on Monday. After sorting out accommodation we met for a full squad dinner.

Scrutineering 

Scrutineering is always as stressful process as all kit needs to be identical. We spend Monday evening pimping out boats with this year’s stickers.

Louise was worried her helmet wouldn’t pass…


But Rhian was as cool as a cucumber…


Ali managed to confuse the scrutineers with her 5 paddles. Thanks to our hours of preperation all kit passed with flying colours. 

Gent International

Our final training weekend was at Gent International Tournament. 


After traveling out on Friday morning we had a quick session on the water and heading out into town.


We were the only all female team in class 2. Saturday we had 5 games over a 7 hour period which was hard work. Our last group was on Sunday morning and we finished 6th in the league of 7. We played and won our cross over game to play for 9/10th. Our last game was against Charleroi who we had lost a close game against on Saturday. The game finished 7-3 to us, a great boost in confidence going into the European Championship.

We leave on Monday 21st August and games start on Wednesday 23rd.

1st at ECA III

The team for ECA III were:

#1 Aimee Robson

#3 Louise Saxon

#4 Alison Brown

#5 Bethan Littlewood

#6 Rhian Griffiths

#7 Bethan Dean

Round 1 results

France 3 GBR 2

Germany 2 GBR 2

Netherlands 3 GBR 4

Switzerland 8-0

GBR came 2nd in the group. 

Round 2

GBR 8 Denmark 1

GBR 4 Italy 3

This put us straight into the final against Germany.

Full time result 1-1.

Golden Goal –  scored by #5 Bethan Littlewood.

GBR win ECA III.
This is a great achievement for the team. We were missing #8 Josie Beever this weekend and missed her both on and off the water. We managed to execute set moves and tactics that we have been working on over the last few months. 

This is a great stepping stone on our journey to the European Championships. A big thank you to our coaches Tom and Martyn who put in as much to the team as the players.