GB Women warm-up for Slovenia tournament with shoot-out victory

Great Britain Women completed their preparations for the upcoming World Championship (Division 2A) tournament in Maribor with a warm-up victory against Whitley Bay U20 over the weekend.

The day at Sheffield began with a team event at a local go-karting venue, before some off-ice work ahead of the game against Whitley.

Katie Henry scored the winning penalty shot as GB won 4-3 after the game had ended tied at 3-3 in regulation time.

Henry also scored in the game while Katherine Gale and Jodie-Leigh Bloom were also on target.

Head coach, Cheryl Smith, said: “This was a really important day in Sheffield and it went very well. The girls had a lot of fun go-karting and that set the tone for the day.

“This was the last chance we had to meet before leaving for Maribor and every one of the players were in attendance, even the overseas players on the roster.

“I was happy with how we played against Whitley. The result wasn’t important, although it was good to win. The main thing was getting match practice and working on our systems.”

Britain are scheduled to face hosts Slovenia, along with Australia, DPR Korea, Mexico and Netherlands at the tournament from 31st March to 6th April.

(Image permission: Dean Woolley)