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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Amy Conroy believes Great Britain are ready to come good when it matters despite slipping to another wheelchair basketball defeat.
Garry Peel’s side lost 67-50 to Canada in their final group game but it was a much improved performance as they prepare to take on Germany in today’s quarter-finals.
Conroy, just 19, was the second top scorer with 10 points as she continued to underline her potential at her debut Games.
But the Norwich teenager admits the hosts will have their work cut out against a team that includes Maria Kuehn, rated as the one of the world’s best players.
“I still think we can play a lot better than that but it’s definitely a big improvement, despite the result,” she said.
“Six of us are playing our first Paralympics and it’s taken some getting used to but I think we’re ready to bring it out now against Germany. I’m still feeling nervous, it doesn’t really feel like basketball at the moment because of the stage but it’s getting easier.
“We’ve beaten Germany three times last year so we’ve nothing to fear from them.”
Coach Peel admits his young side have felt the pressure of their home Games, with capacity crowds at the North Greenwich Arena both an advantage and disadvantage.
But after booking progress to the knockout stages he believes the pressure is off.
“The girls were so frightened and tense at the start of the tournament and it shocked them and me how much it affected them,” he said.
“Now we’re a bit more relaxed and into the tournament and it’s getting easier. It was a good performance. Some of the girls have been a bit nervous in the opening games and it’s showed but they are starting to relax now.
“We know we can beat Germany. We’ve achieved our goal to qualify for the quarter-finals.
“The pressure is off us a little bit now. Our overall goal is still top four and if we start against Germany how we did against Canada then we will rattle them.
“I think we’re better than the record suggests. It’s a young team and this is a building experience for us. However, other teams are still frightened of us because they know we can produce a big game.”