Team GB Begin World Championships With Dominant Victory

Team GB singing the national anthem Photo Credit: Karl Denham

Team GB Women began their Worlds campaign with a crushing 8-0 win over Chinese Taipei in Jaca, Spain.

It was a dominant display from Team GB who scored four goals in the final five minutes of the game.

It was Aimee Headland who opened the scoring for her side just 76 seconds into the fixture.

Casey Traill scored the second on 15 minutes, she then picked up her second and GB’s third in the next period.

One more goal in the second period; this time coming from Lucy Beal settled the side a little more and all but sealed out the game.

From here Team GB capitalised on the abundance of penalties conceded by Chinese Taipei.

Jodie Bloom and Beth Hill scored in quick succession in the 56th and 58th minute to make it 6-0 to the good, both on the powerplay.

The last two were added by Louise Adams and Emily Harris, the latter being on debut.

Adams scored another powerplay goal to make it seven and then Harris fired home hers from close range for eight.

Debutant Scores

Harris had received her first cap for the side four hours prior to scoring in the Worlds for Team GB.

The 20-year-old Forward is currently plying her trade at Castleton University in America where she has 17 points in 26 games this season.

A debut goal will have increased her confidence and has certainly put her in the eyes of her GB Head Coach Mike Clancy.

“It was great for Emily Harris to get her first goal on debut. Every line contributed to a goal and I am pleased with the efforts of everyone,” he said.

“It was a fantastic start for the girls, they worked really hard for it. I think there were nerves but they went – and we dominated them in their zone.”

Their opponents have also played Mexico and won that game 4-2 to claim three points in Division II A.

GB sit atop their group as it stands with everyone but North Korea having played so far, with Spain beating Latvia 1-0.

This puts GB in pole position for promotion up into Division I B as they face Spain next on Tuesday 5th April at 7pm UK time.

GB Fixtures:

Sunday 3rd April – Chinese Taipei 0-8 Great Britain

Tuesday 5th April – Great Britain v Spain – 8pm (7pm UK)

Thursday 7th April – Great Britain v Mexico – 4pm (3pm UK)

Friday 8th April – Latvia v Great Britain – 4pm (3pm UK)

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