London gloom for Hatters duo

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THERE was disappointment for Sheffield Hatters duo Steph Gandy and Lauren Thomas-Johnson when the Great Britain women’s team was announced yesterday.

Hopes had been high that at least one Hatter would be in the squad for London when the Olympic competition begins on Saturday July 28.

But both missed out as head coach Tom Maher, assisted by Hatters legend Vanessa Ellis, remained faithful to the 12 players who beat world ranked No 4 Czech Republic earlier this week.

The men’s squad, led by former Sharks coach Chris Finch, began their pre-Olympic games with an 86-80 overtime loss against Houston in the early hours of yesterday.