​GD beat Olympia to take British crown

Post published May 19, 2019 (Updated May 20, 2019)

London GD were crowned British Champions after beating Olympia 23-16 in the play-off final that sees them qualify for the EHF Cup.

Livingston won the 3rd/4th play-off match against Glasgow 30-23.

GD held a 6-3 lead after the first 15 minutes. Olympia scored four goals in five minutes to tie the scores at 7-7. However, GD edged ahead once more and led 13-10 at half time.

The start of the second half was a tight affair, before GD began to gradually extend the gap, making the difference seven goals with a strike in the final second.

Clement Burry bagged six goals for GD, while for Olympia Boris Levitszki found the back of the net five times. Clement Baudot made a series of fine stops for GD, and Tom Ekersall kept out a penalty.

Livingston made a bright start against Glasgow and led 7-4 after 12 minutes. Glasgow fought their way back into the game, bringing the scores back to 9-9 on 20 minutes, and trailing by just 11-13 at the break.

However, the second half saw Livingston gradually turn the screw and increase their advantage.

Ross Strachan was the game’s top scorer with nine goals, while Ilan Merer and Danos Saginas both beat the keeper eight times for Glasgow.

Both keepers, Kier Hunter for Livingston, and Hamish Bottomley for Glasgow, enjoyed good games which included a penalty save apiece.

Image: Richard Brooks