GB Women U18 roar back against Poland to claim victory in Dumfries

Great Britain Women U18 head coach Cheryl Smith praised her players after seeing them claim victory in the four-team tournament in Scotland over the weekend.

Victories over Spain and Iceland set up a final day showdown with Poland to determine who would claim top spot in the round-robin competition at Dumfries Ice Bowl.

There were no goals in the opening period, but early strikes after the break by Iga Schramm and Karolina Baran put Poland 2-0 in front.

GB roared back into the game, with Sophie Campbell, Emily Harris and Chamonix Jackson firing home to put GB 3-2 ahead by the second buzzer.

Kaitlyn Morrison scored GB’s fourth on the powerplay with five minutes remaining to secure the victory.

Smith said that GB’s coaching staff were thrilled at what they had seen over the weekend.

“I said from the start that getting wins would be good, but the performances would be the most important thing,” she said.

“The way we came back from two goals down and didn’t panic today was exceptional.

“We have a great group of girls who have worked so hard for each other and understood the game plan for the weekend.

“We have a tough World Championship in January, but we can look forward to it with confidence.”

(Image permission: Charley Keen)