Halfpenny helps GB to third at European Deaf Championships

Crawley Green's Sam Halfpenny
Crawley Green's Sam Halfpenny

Crawley Green player Sam Halfpenny was part of the Great Britain side who picked up a bronze medal at the

European Deaf Championships in Hanover last month.

During the group stages, Halfpenny came on as a second half substitute in the first game against Russia which finished 2-2, but the points were later awarded to GB after their opponents fielded an ineligible player.

He then played the full game against Denmark, where GB won 1-0 thanks to a solitary goal from Jamie Clarke.

Halfpenny was involved from the start once more in the third game as GB defeated Czech Republic 3-0 to top the group with nine points.

In the quarter-finals, GB were up against Sweden and trailed 2-0 early on.

However, although Halfpenny was replaced at the break with an injury, GB went on to triumph 4-2.

The Crawley Green player had to sit out the semi-final match against Turkey, as GB let a 2-0 lead slip to lose 3-2.

However, he was back for the third-placed clash with Ukraine, in which GB won 2-1.