GB ready for gold medal game

Robert Farmer has called on his Great Britain teammates for a last big push to win a World Championship gold medal as they face a final-day showdown against Ukraine in Zagreb.

After winning their previous four matches in the Dom Sportova Arena this week, GB need a point against Ukraine to earn promotion to Division 1A.

“We will do whatever it takes to win the gold medal,” said Farmer. “We want to take all the good things we’ve done this week into the game.

“Everyone is very focused and excited about the game with Ukraine. We have had a great week so far and all the boys have worked so hard every night.

“We have a great spirit in the room and I think that has shown out on the ice.”

GB will once again be backed by nearly 300 supporters and it is something which has not gone unnoticed by Farmer.

“The fans have been brilliant all week as usual.” he added. “They make so much noise and it really does drive us on.”

Robert Dowd believes GB can use last year’s heartbreaking final day defeat against Lithuania as inspiration to go one better this time around.

“Playing for your country is up there with the best feelings, bar marrying your wife and having children,” said Dowd.

“Winning a gold medal for your country would take it to a new level. This group of guys, when our backs are to the wall, the true team comes out.

“Everybody starts to fly, everybody starts to shine, so I think we are very ready for this game.

“Everybody knows what is a stake and we all want to go one better than last year – that still stings a bit.

“We came here to put ourselves in a position to win the gold medal and we have done that. So now we have to do and do it.”

GB face-off against Ukraine at 12 noon UK time on Saturday.

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