Final day victory for Hungary sends Great Britain U18 down

Great Britain U18 have been relegated from Division 1B of the World Championship after Hungary beat Japan 5-3 in the tournament’s final game.

GB lost 3-1 to Italy in their last match to finish bottom of the group despite picking up four points from their five matches.

Hungary’s victory sees them secure bronze, while Japan go up with the gold medal and Austria take home the silver.

Bradley Bowering was named as GB’s player of the tournament, while Kieran Brown scooped the Great Britain Supporters’ Club award.

Head coach, Martin Grubb, said: “It is gutting to get four points from the tournament but still be relegated.

“We had some great moments in this tournament and obviously some down times, but one thing I will say is that everyone gave it their all.

“I think it would have been easier to take if we had been beaten heavily every game, but we proved we can play at this level and it was all about small margins and finding a way to win.

“In other years four points would normally be enough, but we have to move on from this and start to plan for next year.

“We have some talented players in the programme and there is no reason why we can’t bounce back next season.”

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