Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Norfolk’s Amy Conroy refused to take any heart from an impressive personal London 2012 campaign after being left devastated by the end of Great Britain’s medal hopes.
The host nation’s women’s wheelchair basketball side suffered a quarter-final defeat to Germany at the North Greenwich Arena last night.
In a thrilling encounter that neither side were able to take control of, Britain matched a German team who were silver medallists in Beijing.
But in the end inexperience seemed to cost Britain as Germany punished some poor finishing to take the final quarter 21-11, giving them a 55-44 win that doesn’t paint a true reflection of the game.
Conroy has repeatedly been among Britain’s top-scoring players and managed a further five points last night.
But personal glory doesn’t interest the Norwich player, who is competing in her first Paralympic Games.
“Doing well personally doesn’t mean anything if we lose the game because this is a team game,” said the 19-year-old.
“We are all pretty gutted after that as we all tried our hardest but unfortunately we fell away towards the end under the pressure and it’s devastating.
“Germany came top of their pool and are a pretty experienced team whereas half of our squad are competing in our first Paralympics.
“We are inexperienced compared to Germany and I think we kind of panicked with the crowd and the pressure at the end because it’s not a situation we have been in before.
“But we will go away and regroup and come back stronger in the next Games.”