Exciting future ahead says former Sheffield veteran

Colin Shields, centre, with Sheffield Steelers Danny Meyers and Rob Dowd. Photo by Colin Lawson
Colin Shields, centre, with Sheffield Steelers Danny Meyers and Rob Dowd. Photo by Colin Lawson
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Former Sheffield Steelers forward Ashley Tait says he is excited about the future after Great Britain just missed out on a bronze medal at the World Championship Division 1B in Vilnius.

GB beat already-promoted Poland 4-2 but the final result of the night did not go their way, as Lithuania were defeated 3-2 by Croatia.

Team GB.''''Photo by Colin Lawson

Team GB.''''Photo by Colin Lawson

It meant sixth-seed Croatia won silver and Lithuania had to settle for bronze, with GB finishing fourth.

Coventry Blaze’s Tait, who won his 102 cap to become the all-time leader ahead of David Longstaff, said: “There is a lot to be optimistic about after this week.

“We did not achieve our aim which is disappointing and we are well aware we missed out on that goal.

“But there were positives and we have to build on this now.

“We won three matches, were close in the one against Lithuania - it was only the opening game against Croatia where we really did not perform.

“We have a great squad and some fantastic young players, so I am excited about the future for GB.”

Coach Doug Christiansen said: “We were fantastic and I am so proud of them.

“We had a game plan and we executed it perfectly, it was an excellent performance. Everyone gave their all, everyone stuck to the system and they did what they had to do.

“It means so much to me and I hope we can round it off with a bronze medal.”