Great Britain was defeated 50-11 by the Polish team in an international handball game in London on Sunday (8 February).
GV Start of second half, Poland playing from right to left
SV England attacking but unable to break through Polish defence
SV PAN Poland break out of defence and score a goal
SV Crowd applaud
GV Players shake hands at end of game ZOOM INTO Scoreboard showing Poland 50 England 11
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Background: Great Britain was defeated 50-11 by the Polish team in an international handball game in London on Sunday (8 February).
The game was used as a warm up for the forthcoming Olympic games in Montreal, Canada.
The game of handball is one of the lesser known Olympic sports, having been re-introduced to the Olympic programme in 1972.
The game is played by 7-man teams consisting of six court players and a goalkeeper.
It is played on a court similar to that used in basketball with the major exception that the goals used are similar to football goals, being 3 metres (3.3 yards) wide and 2 metres (2.2 yards) high.
The aim of the game is to break through the defence of the opposition and put the small round ball into the netted goal. However, scores can only be registered with overarm throws.
The game is fast and exciting and has the added advantage of usually being played indoors. This has prompted the fast growth of the sport, particularly in Europe. It has ben taken up by the East Europeans as a major sport, dominated by the Yugoslavians.
It is now open of the fastest growing sports in the world.
The first Great Britain team was formed in 1970 and their lack of experience was obvious against the Poles who were clearly a class above the British players.