Summer 2012 Video Diary 3 - What have we been up to?!

Alongside a lot of training and matches, this latest video diary gives you an insight into what the GB Women have been up to over the last couple of months in Sheffield…where we are living, the added media interest, the fun and relaxed atmosphere in the squad, improving our vision, our recovery products, some treats and last but by no means least…..our amazing Sheffield partners!

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Jemma Oliver Blog 2

Check out GB physio Jemma Oliver’s latest blog.

Jemma was recently involved in an event to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Flame to the UK for London 2012. After a lot of commitment and dedication to gain experience in Sports Physiotherapy over the past 5 years, being involved this summer means a great deal to this Manchester Physio. Here she describes what it was like to hold one of the London 2012 Gold Medals and the excitement of being involved as a Sports Physiotherapist at the games.


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Bertelli interview in Telegraph: “We have nothing to prove, I wouldn’t change a thing”

Read a great article from GB Libero Maria Bertelli in The Telegraph yesterday. The interview highlights the resilience and optimism that there is in the GB Women’s camp, she talks about how the GB Women’s programme have overcome many obstacles but have never once complained and feel they have nothing to prove to anyone - except themselves in the quest to put British Volleyball on the map. Continue reading

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Clinical 3-0 victory sends GB heading towards the Finish line!

14th June 2012
Finland 0 – 3 Great Britain (23-25, 21-25, 23-25)

GB played their fourth game of the tour in Orivesi and made it four wins from four with an emphatic 3-0 victory against Finland. The starting line up was Wicks, Beattie, Carter, Laybourne, Leaf, Michel and Bertelli as libero.

Savannah Leaf MVP

GB started well, playing a quick offence with Leaf, Carter and Beattie all contributing on a regular basis to take the first set 23-25. Good variation in offence and excellent passing led by Bertelli were key reasons for the set win. Taylor delivered coming on as a sub and scoring 2 service aces with the score in the 20’s

In the second set, GB started on the front foot again with the serve receive unit passing well and providing the foundation for Lucy Wicks to run the offence. Again, it was Leaf, Carter and Beattie scoring the points (15 between them this set). Leading 12-16 at the second technical time-out GB pushed to a comfortable 21-25 win. Continue reading

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GB raise their game to win the series 3-0

12th June 2012
Finland 1 – 3 Great Britain (19-25, 25-23, 14-25, 16 - 25)

GB prepared for their third game of the 5 match series, with an excellent training session on the morning working on offence and speed in the attack. Taking confidence from 2 wins in a row and knowing that there was still a lot more to come, the team were determined to take the opportunity to win the series today. Continue reading

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Carter dominates in fighting five set “Finnish”

10th June 2012 
Finland 2 – 3 Great Britain
(21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 22-25, 11-15)


GB played their second match in 3 days in Salu in front of approximately 500 fans and approached the game determined to record another victory. Continue reading

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GB start Finland series with a 5 set win!

8th June 2012
Finland 2 – 3 Great Britain
25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 20-25, 8-15)


The GB Women began their 10-day series against the Finnish National Team in Turku, approximately 40 minutes from Helsinki. The trip has been planned to replicate the Olympic Games schedule of 5 matches, one match every other day with a training/recovery day in between. Continue reading

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GB Women up for ‘bigger’ challenge

Last week the GB Women were up against some tall, hard hitting, big blocking men in an attempt to provide a tough challenge ahead of their tour of Finland and ultimately the Olympic Games in July.

The GB Women & Team Northumbria

In a 3 match series, they faced current and ex home nation international men’s players from the Volleyball England National Academy and Team Northumbria Super 8′s team.

Read Head Coach Audrey Cooper’s thoughts below and links to the match reports at the bottom of the page. Continue reading

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