FINAL MEDAL COUNT – 101 MEDALS!
GOLD – 27
SILVER – 34
BRONZE – 40
STORY OF THE GAMES:
FUTSAL: (2 MEDALS WON)
GB 7 ITALY 4 RESULT
GB have won a ten-goal thriller, seeing off a spirited Italian fightback to claim gold.
Chaim Korman helped himself to a hat-trick, Asher Goldberg scored twice, with Jordan Nathan and James Gordon also all on target. Manager Adam Lustigman said: “I’m so proud of them all. Seven of the nine players had never played the sport before December 2013. But we prepared really well over the past six-seven months, did a lot of training and played preparatory matches and it paid off.
“We weren’t sure what to expect coming into the tournament, but to be honest the only two tests we really had were against Italy – in the final and the earlier 5-5 draw we played with them. As expected, the final was a really close affair. We led 3-0, 4-1, 5-4, before finally pulling away right at the death. Every time they scored, we pulled one back, which was important and I’m just delighted to have come back with gold.”
GB 4 AUS 2 RESULT
Two goals in the last 90 seconds saw GB clinch a dramatic win as they claimed gold against a battling Australia side – whom they have lost to in 2005, 2011 and 2013.
Charlie Kasler scored twice, with Alfie Brooks and Nick Landesberg strikes sealing a famous win.
U18 FINAL: (1 MEDAL WON)
GB 2 GER 2 (AET – GERMANY WIN 4-1 ON PENALTIES)
Not for the first time in a final of a football shoot-out, a GB side has suffered penalty heartache.
Adam Burchell’s penalty, his seventh goal of the tournament, and a stunning 30-yard Olly Goodman free-kick twice gave them the lead, though they were pegged back on each occasion, with the the second equaliser in the 78th minute coming from the rebound to a saved penalty. Right-back Josh Davis then picked up a second yellow card, meaning GB played the remainder of the 90 minutes and extra-time with ten men.
With the sides still level at 2-2 after extra-time, the game went down to the lottery of a shoot-out. Germany stepped up and scored first, which was followed by GB miss. History repeated itself with the second set of spot-kicks, and although both sides converted their next one, the Germans scored their fourth to win the shoot-out 4-1, meaning GB end their tournament with silver.
Manager Simon Zanet said: “The boys have been magnificent throughout. We were beset with difficulties thoroughout, but they coped brilliantly and I couldn’t be prouder.
“I couldn’t have asked any more from them in the final. Played in 35 degrees heat, we played the part of normal time and then extra time with ten men but even then I thought we controlled the game. We looked like the only side who would score in extra-time and I thought we deserved to win. Yes, we practice penalties beforehand but you can’t replicate those conditions in a final, and in that heat.”
Zanet also revealed the team will be making an official complaint to organisers after the head of the German delegation made his way into the dugout during the shoot-out, and shouted out as GB took their first penalty, which Zanet claimed was said to try and put off the taker.
OPEN 3rd/4th PLACE-PLAY-OFF:
DEN 3 GB 1 RESULT
TABLE TENNIS: (7 MEDALS WON)
Jack Josephs won silver (as part of a combination team) in the mixed doubles
Matthew Gold & Jack Josephs won silver in the doubles
Carl Breindel & Doddy Stelzer won bronze in the doubles
Jack Josephs won bronze in the singles
Yoni Caspi won bronze (as part of a combination team) in the doubles
Dov Katz and Ivan Lewis won gold in the men’s doubles.
Dov Katz won silver in the singles
Katz, who managed the side, said: “I’m very proud of the entire team, it’s an incredible achievement by all and they showed exemplary behaviour both on and off the pitch.”
Reflecting back on his win, he said: “I fulfilled a lifetime ambition winning gold and to be the second best player in Europe for my age. I am in dreamland!
TENPIN BOWLING: (1 MEDAL WON)
Team captain Russ Snipper has won gold in the round robin tournament.
Richard Da Costa finished fourth, Russell Shear fifth, Brad Mervish ninth, and Craig Grant in tenth.
Snipper said: “I won gold today, but I couldn’t have done it without my team who were fantastic throughout. In fact, the unity that there is in this squad has been key to our success – we haven’t stopped laughing since we got here!
“This though hasn’t been an event for us – but an event for bowling. It’s been such a great event, the hosts in their first Games were fantastic, I love playing with the Swedes and the Finns are great people, even if a little quiet!”
BASKETBALL: (1 MEDAL WON)
Team won bronze