GD and Olympia book British Championship play-off final spots

Post published May 18, 2019 (Updated May 20, 2019)

London GD beat Livingston, and Olympia won against Glasgow to secure their places in the British Championship play-offs final.

London GD and Olympia will play in the final of the British Championship.

London GD beat Livingston 27-24 in the first in the first semi-final.

Olympia overcame defending champions Glasgow 28-24 in the second semi-final.

GD took control of their match against Livingston in two 10-minute spells either side of half time.

Livingston made a bright start, hitting GD on the fast break to lead 7-3 after 15 minutes.

However, GD began to get back into the match as they tightened up their defence. They also began to enjoy success coming in from the line to lead 11-9 at the break thanks to seven unanswered goals.

GD continued where they left off after the break scoring five to Livingston’s two goals in the opening minutes of the second half.

Livingston continued to fight and made sure their opponents didn’t pull away, but the damage had been done in those 20 minutes.

Clement Burry top scored for GD with eight goals, while Ross Strachan headed the scoring charts for Livingston with eight strikes.

Both keepers, Clement Baudot and Keir Hunter, impressed with a series of great stops and a penalty save apiece.

Glasgow made the better start in the second match, taking a 3-1 lead. However, Olympia brought the scores back to 3-3, before they went ahead in the 16th minute in a five-minute spell that saw them score three unanswered goals to go 8-5 up.

Olympia, who went into the break with the scores at 14-10, never surrendered their lead. Glasgow did twice bring back the gap to two goals, but Olympia finished the match with a four-goal advantage.

The London side’s Tomasz Chwajta beat the keeper 14 times, while Inigo Arraros struck seven times for Glasgow.

Livingston will play Glasgow at 12.00 in the 3rd/4th play-off on 19 May. The final between London GD and Olympia will throw-off at 14.30.

Image: Richard Brooks.