SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Joe Haines sad over GB U-21s flop

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SHEFFIELD’S Joe Haines expressed his disappointment as Team Great Britain crashed out of the World Under-21 Team Cup at the weekend.

Haines, the British Under-21 Champion, had a nightmare day as he and his team-mates finished third in the semi-final at Lakeside in Essex.

The round was won by Australia, inspired by double World Under-21 Champ Darcy Ward, and Denmark finished second, meaning they too have a chance to qualify for the final.

And Haines was visibly gutted after the meeting. He said: “We said that it would come down to who turned up on the day and we had a bad one. A very bad one.

“It was always going to be tough with the teams in it but we are really disappointed with the result. It just came down to one afternoon and it wasn’t ours unfortunately.”

The scorching heat meant the track dried out very quickly and created a lot of dust, and Haines admits the conditions were far from ideal.

He said: “It is so hard for the track staff obviously because of the weather, but it was so slick and there was a blue groove all day. It just wasn’t our day and we have to pick ourselves up and move on.”