May 23 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Norwich’s Amy Conroy has warned her team-mates that they must not let their confidence dip despite a disappointing showing at this month’s BT Paralympic World Cup.
Conroy and Co came into the Manchester tournament as the defending champions but found the competitive field a little too much for them to handle.
World and Paralympic champions USA, European champions Germany and Australia were the three other teams on show in the City of Manchester arena.
And after losing all three of their matches in group play Team GB came up just short in the bronze-medal match against USA, but Conroy insisted there was much to be pleased with in their performances.
“We can’t afford to lose confidence, we need to be more confident out there and look like we’re dominating it,” she said.
“The USA are very fast, they’re very focused with their shots, their shooters aren’t afraid. We need to take notice of that and do that as well.
“Our team have worked so hard and have done a lot of training. We can shoot the ball but we just need to believe that we can, that is what we lacked.
“The USA are a phenomenally strong team, they’re No 1 in the world right now, so we knew they were going to be tough.
“They just brought it – they were more aggressive than us. But we’ll pick things up.
“I played well but it doesn’t mean much with the loss. We just need to put it behind us.”
Conroy was one of the star turns for Team GB, particularly impressing in a 23-point showing against the Americans.
And head coach Peel admitted that the rest of the team needed to learn from Conroy’s example in a bid to be ready for the Paralympics.
“The Americans have given us a lesson on pick and roll even though we were set up expecting them to do that. I don’t think we switched on. We looked nervous,” said Peel. ‘The Americans are the best in the world, but I’m still confident we can compete if we stick to our game plan. Amy had a fantastic game but it’s a problem to just rely on her. I couldn’t ask any more from her but the rest of the team didn’t bring their shooting game. But this week was about learning for London. We were not going to win a medal here but we are going to learn a lot.’”
• The BT Paralympic World Cup took place in Manchester with elite international athletes competing in athletics, football 7-aside and wheelchair basketball. Go to www.btparalympicworldcup.com for more information.