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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sebastian Prieto speaks to the Independent

Read what GB Men's Right Winger had to say to the Independent's Alan Hubbard here

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Handball Skills on Show in Warrington

THE third Warrington Primary Schools Handball Championships ended with some thrilling finals when the event was staged at William Beaumont High School last week.

St Wilfred's School edged out Barrowhall School 4-2 in a thrilling play-off final in the Boys Competition, as the teams could not be separated after the Round Robin League.

And in the girls event Cherry Tree School were the champions by just one goal, playing the vastly-improved Newchurch School in the Girls event. The magnificent winners trophies, donated by the Warrington Wolves Foundation, were presented by the town's rising England Star, Alex Bradley.

After the presentations, organiser Mike McLoughlin paid tribute to the support of the parents, friends and staff in ensuring the youngsters were able to participate.

He also gave a special thanks to the PE Staff and the Sports Leaders from William Beaumont High School who ran the event so efficiently.

EHA Annual General Meeting on Saturday

THIS Saturday is the England Handball Association’s Annual General Meeting, at Loughborough University.

The rescheduled meeting will take place at noon in the Sir John Beckwith Sports Centre Building at the Leicestershire venue. For those travelling with SatNav, the postcode is LE11 3TU.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Great Britain v Austria Highlights

If you weren't lucky enough to be at Kelvin Hall in May you can now catch up with all the action here.

Euro 2010 Handball: GB Women v Austria Highlights from British Handball on Vimeo.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

EK82: A Scottish Success Story

EK82 Handball Club in East Kilbride has just enjoyed one of their most successful years ever for youth development, with three of their young teams winning their respective Scottish Cup finals last month.

The Under-11s overcame Kirkliston in their final. They scored early through a well-worked move between James Smith and Cameron Fyffe. Roan Perrie added a second with some great individual play, closely followed by a great goal from the wing by Andrew Hughes.

Kirkliston hit back and led for the majority of the second half, but with some ingenious play from Fyffe and Lees, EK drew level with two minutes left. This season’s Player of the Year Greg Hughes nudged EK in front, and young Keir Coffield came off the bench to score twice and help secure a 13-10 win.

The Under-14 girls also battled Kirkliston in their final. They quickly took the lead through Sarah Clelland and Amy Stuart, and extended their lead with goals from Junior Girls Player of the Year Aimee Taylor & Robyn Convey.

The second half began as the first left off with Sarah Clelland grabbing a quick brace, while Amy Stuart and Aimee Taylor added to their tallies. Goalkeeper Amy Hiddleston was in fine form, making outstanding saves to maintain the EK lead.

Emma Taylor put in a great display on the right wing, feeding sister Aimee for her hat-trick and supplying Sarah Clelland with some inch perfect passes to put the game beyond Kirkliston and win 22-14.

The Under-14 Boys had a difficult match against the reigning East of Scotland Champions Livingston, in a repeat of last season’s final.

EK took the lead through a well executed cross move that opened up the Livingston defence for Benji Muir to score. Chris Mowat added a second before Livingston drew level at 7-7 at half time.

Livingston took the lead early on, leaving EK to chase the game for much of the second half. Brothers Jack and Benn MacQuire linked up well to force gaps in the opposition defence that allowed Chris Mowat through to score his third with Perries, Robin and Roan, teaming up to allow Robin to grab his third of the match, and Chris Mowat grabbed the winner with a minute left.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

British Handball Launch Mobile Site for Iphone

British Handball has launched a new mobile site compatible with Iphones, Itouch, Ipad and Android which provides a great way to keep up to date with all the latest British handball News, Videos and social media including facebook and twitter. Simply log on to www.britishhandball.com and you will be automatically directed to the mobile site.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Underdogs Ruislip Secure EHA Cup

RUISLIP Eagles upset the form book when they were crowned EHA Cup champions after a thrilling 26-25 victory over Manchester in the final at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on Saturday.

With two victories over National League champions Great Dane to their credit, Manchester began the match as hot favourites for victory. But Ruislip were determined to stop them.

Three unanswered goals gave Ruislip a good start to the game. However, Manchester came back quickly into the game thanks to Celian Girost, first levelling and then taking a narrow lead.

Both goalkeepers, Vladimir Belus and Stefan Bauer, made fine saves throughout the first half, which ended with Manchester just ahead at 17-14.

The Eagles came back with determination, despite Manchester holding on to their three-goal lead for most of the second half.

With ten minutes left Manchester had opened up their lead to five goals, but the Eagles never gave up and strengthened up their defence to stop Manchester doing any more damage.

Andrius Rinkevicius was outstanding in Ruislip's goal, making crucial saves, and an excellent turnover of players made sure the Ruislip team gave it all until the end.

Goal after goal, the Eagles came back and made a fantastic finish, levelling at 25-25 with ten seconds left.

The Eagles’ big chance came with a seven-metre penalty, and Hugo Mazel kept his cool to seal a brilliant victory.

"We were so enthused to play this final,” said Ruislip captain Marc Fayemi afterwards. “We just felt good and confident we could resist the Manchester HC team.

“We wanted to make this final special to us and we could not ask more with such a stunning scenario. And to see all your team-mates so happy to win this Cup, and it is just fabulous to lift the trophy and enjoy such moments together!"

* Cambridge won the Men’s EHA Plate after overcoming Manchester University 28-18 in the final.

Paco Fernandez scored five as Cambridge took a comfortable victory, while Massimi, Diaz and Sevin all scored four goals towards their victory.

Great Dane Women Do The Double

GREAT Dane secured the Women’s EHA Cup after a thrilling 28-26 victory over arch-rivals Ruislip Eagles at the Brentwood Centre in Essex on Saturday.

The lead changed hands several times in the match, but Great Dane - who were without top-scorer Anne Kandler through injury - still managed to secure the win.

It was Great Dane’s fourth win in five games against Ruislip this season, with the other result being a draw, and caps a great double.

“It was a really close game,” said Kandler afterwards, as she sat on the sidelines with a cast on her arm due to ligament damage sustained in a tournament in Portugal the previous weekend.

“The game was only decided in the last few minutes, and to be honest it could’ve gone either way.”

Iris Manu top-scored for Great Dane with nine goals, while Dani Sposi was Ruislip’s best with an impressive 13 goals.

Leading 16-14 at half time, Ruislip found themselves behind as the clock ticked down, and pushed hard to stay in touch. But Great Dane keeper Ida Griffiths made some crucial saves to ensure victory for her side.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Team Prepare for EHA Cup Finals

SOME of the best teams in English handball will be in Essex on Saturday as the Brentwood Centre stages the finals of the EHA Cup and plate competitions.

Manchester take on Ruislip in the final of the men’s Cup, while women’s league champions Great Dane will do battle once again with arch rivals and former league champions Ruislip Eagles in the final of the Women’s Cup.

And the men’s Plate final will also be decided in an action-packed day, with Cambridge taking on Manchester University in that final.

Liverpool Festival A Great Success

HANDBALL fans and players from across Europe came to England last weekend for the 10th Liverpool Handball Festival at the Greenbank Sports Academy.

Several home teams did battle with rivals from Germany and Spain in competition for men and women as well as wheelchair handball, and all provided some thrilling entertainment.

German outfit Magdeburg ran out winners of the men’s event, while last year’s champions Garva from Barcelona successfully defended their women’s title. And in the wheelchair competition there was a home win for Greenbank.

After several good matches in the early stages, Ruislip Eagles reached the final and faced Spanish outfit Garva, but they lost out 5-2.

In the men’s final Coslada lost out narrowly 9-10 to Magdeburg, while Greenbank beat the All Stars team 8-6 in the wheelchair final.

Finally, in the plate final, Manchester beat Olympia B 6-4.

The event was organised by Liverpool Handball Club, and their chairman Peter Irving said afterwards: “We would like to thank the staff at Greenbank Sports Academy for their help and support.

“All the teams who took part played their part in a very successful event with the handball played with competitive attitude but within the ethos of friendship in sport.

“We are all now looking forward to next year’s event with an early application from Lagos State Handball Club already received.”