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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Champs in National Schools Cup

THERE were new winners in both the boys and girls categories at the National Under-15 Handball Championships in Wolverhampton recently, with Royton and Compton School from Oldham winning the boys event while Blacon High in Chester came out on top in the girls event.

The event at the Aldersley Leisure Village attracted some of the best young handball talent from around the country, and there were some closely-fought and entertaining matches played.

In the girls event, defending champions Woodchurch lost out 7-5 to Blacon High in the opening game, while Park High beat Fairoak by three goals.

Blacon High then went on to beat Fairoak 7-1, while Woodchurch won 6-1 against Park High. But in the final Blacon High ground out a 6-3 win to claim the title of 2010 champions.

The boys event was also very close, but also saw last year’s champions miss out, Cardinal Griffin School from Cannock losing 10-9 to Lancashire’s Royton and Crompton.

Other schools competing included Biddenham Upper School from Bedford, Tarporley from Cheshire, Woolwich Academy and Woodside School from London.

After the group stages, the first semi final saw Cardinal Griffin struggle against Tarporley who ran out 22-15 winners, while Royton overcame Woodside to reach the final.

A tall and physical Tarporley proved a handful, but Royton were one goal ahead at half time with Dunstone and Tyler scoring well. A goal from Cotton edged Royton in front with seconds to go, but Tyler netted in the dying seconds to equalise for Tarporley.

In extra time the sides remained close, but a last second goal from Braithwaite ensured Royton and Compton School ran out winners.

And in the third/fourth place game, Woodside beat Cardinal Griffin 10-7.

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