So now the championships are over and we can reflect on the team’s performances. Certainly the U20s didn’t play up to their pre-tournament levels and for that we are disappointed. The Swedes deservedly won the event and are excellent ambassadors for the game. In the U25s the England side also failed to get going and for some of them, this will be their last junior action in an England shirt. Some had been members of medal winning U20 sides but had never managed to step up to deliver the same results in the older age group categories. France snuck through on the blind side to take both this title and the girls event that they dominated from start to finish. Congratulations to both of those teams.
With no England teams making the trip to Turkey for next year’s world championships the hard work begins now to make sure that Tromso, Norway in 2015 produces much more than this championship. It is important to learn from what didn’t go well. Indeed, more lessons are learned in defeat than any victory.