Flixton teenager assists Great Britain to silver at the Women’s U25 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Flixton teenager assists Great Britain to silver at the Women’s U25 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships
11:40am Monday 26th August 2013 in Trafford Sport
FLIXTON teenager Jordanna Bartlett assisted Great Britain to silver at the inaugural Women’s U25 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, supported by the Federation of Small Businesses.
Bartlett, who was a part of the GB Team that won bronze at the U25 World Championships in 2011, shone as Great Britain battled against the Netherlands and Germany at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
Great Britain kicked off the championships on August 16 in a thrilling encounter against eventual champions the Netherlands.
A stunning comeback by Great Britain not quite enough to prevent the Dutch from edging out a 62-58 win.
Great Britain returned to court once again in the evening to take on Germany – both teams looking to end the day with a win, the Germans having suffered an afternoon defeat to the Netherlands by 50-55.
Putting the morning’s loss behind them, it was Great Britain who stormed to a 59-44 victory, showing a great level of maturity to stay calm under pressure.
The Netherlands continued their winning streak on August 17 with a 56-54 victory over the Germans - Sanne Timmerman scoring the winning basket with just 16 seconds left on the clock.
The Dutch then returned to court in the afternoon for the rematch against Great Britain where they continued to build upon their momentum to take both a 70-47 win and the Championship title.
This meant, therefore, that the final game of the Championships between Germany and Great Britain would determine the silver medal and GB came out firing to seal silver with a 63-48 victory.
Bartlett said: “It was a good experience to be part of the U25 Team again. Winning silver is a great start for the team and a step up from the bronze at the U25 Worlds.”
Great Britain Coach Mat Foden said: “It was a fantastic way for us to end the tournament.
“It’s been great to have been involved in the first Women’s U25 European Championships and, thanks to the FSB and their support, we’ve been able to give international experience to some of our future stars which is extremely important in their development.”