PHIL Roper narrowly missed out on winning a gold medal at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival.

The Chester Hockey Club player was a member of the Great Britain men’s team which lost their final against hosts Australia in cruel fashion – losing 5-4 by a golden goal.

Despite admitting he would have taken a silver before travelling Down Under, Roper felt the way it arrived was tough to take.

“I have mixed emotions about the silver medal,” said the 20-year-old. “If someone had said ‘you will win silver before the tournament’ I would have been pleased but to get so close to gold is so frustrating and I think we should have won gold.

“Silly mistakes cost us and for the neutral it was probably one of the best games they will see. But for us we feel like it was a missed opportunity but a silver medal is still a good result so I shouldn’t complain.”

The Australian Youth Olympic Festival is a legacy of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. it saw 1,700 young athletes from 30 nations compete across 17 Olympic sports last week and is a recognised stepping-stone toward future senior Olympic success.

Lloyds TSB Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, has supported 1,000 of Britain’s most talented developing athletes.

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Snow at the weekend forced the postponement of matches involving Chester and Deeside Ramblers.