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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Southern Clubs: Prepare for Action!

SOME of the best young handball teams in the South of England will be battling it out in the Southern Area Heats of the England Handball Under-13s Competition at Leyton SCORE Centre in London next month.

The event on May 17 is from 3-5pm, and the deadline for entries is May 13.

Go to www.EnglandHandball.com for an entry for and details of how to apply.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Olympia Women Beat Great Dane

OLYMPIA Women ensured they finish the group stages of the EHA Women’s Cup top of the table following a 23-19 victory over rivals Great Dane on Sunday.

The victory at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre ensures they will be in the semi finals on May 14/15, when they will play the runner-up from the Northern qualifying group, which has yet to be completed.

Despite the defeat, Great Dane still finished second in the group and will also play in the semi finals, and means the two southern teams could meet again in the final.

Nine goals from Linda Bourkab and seven from Heidi Torgnes helped Olympia to victory, while for Great Dane, both Scholz and Lohmeier scored seven times.

England Handball Move Offices

THE rapid growth of handball across England has meant a move of offices for England Handball.

Handball is proving a big hit at schools, colleges and universities across the country, and the EHA has quickly grown from a small set-up with part-time staff to a busy office with full-time staff working in areas such as grassroots development, nationwide competitions, coaching and refereeing awards which are all designed to make handball the legacy sport of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The new address is: England Handball Association, The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Winwick Road, Warrington, WA2 7NE. Tel: 01925 246482. Their email address remains handball@englandhandball.com

London Youth Event Attracts Big Entry

MORE than 70 youngsters from eight different youth clubs across London took part in a handball tournament at Leyton SCORE Centre last week.

The event proved a big success, and marked the end of a five-week handball coaching programme which saw a big improvement in the standard of play.

A mixture of newcomers and more experienced handball athletes played well together in the event, including teams from The Winchester Project, Streatham Youth and Community Trust, Stewarts Road Adventure Playground, Fitzrovia Youth in Action, St Martins, Kickstart, Salmon Youth Centre and Leyton Orient.

John Jones, Sport Development Officer at London Youth, said: “This tournament was a huge success with over 70 young people competing from eight youth clubs, many playing the game for the first time. We look forward to continuing the partnership with England Handball and building up the sports profile at a grassroots level.”

Enter NOW for Cell Cup!

ENTRIES are now being taken for the 2011 Cell Cup in Hungary, one of the biggest and most popular events on the world handball calendar.

The tournament in Veszprem is for both male and female teams ranging in age from under-9s to seniors, and is a great way to meet handball players and fans from across the globe with hundreds of teams expected to take part in this year’s event, which is the 14th such competition.

Taking place from August 18-24, the event will see each team play several games, with under-9s playing two halves of ten minutes, while the match length increases through the ages to the seniors who play two halves of 25 minutes.

For more details please go to www.cellcup.hu

Schools Invited for Under-13 Competition

SCHOOLS across the North of England are invited to enter the England Handball Under-13s Competition, to be staged next month.

The event is being staged at Parrs Wood High School on Wilmslow Road in Manchester, and will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at 2.45pm.

Deadline for entries is May 13 - for more details see www.EnglandHandball.com

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Arch Rivals Set for Semi Final Clash

A STRONG second half performance helped Great Dane overcome rivals Olympia 32-24 and reach the semi finals of the EHA Cup.

The two teams met at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre on Saturday, and Great Dane were only 14-12 ahead at half time following a close first 30 minutes.

But Great Dane won the second period convincingly, 18-12, to take the overall win with Philip Altong top-scoring with eight goals. The win books their spot in the semi finals on May 14/15 against Salford.

Salford reached the final four of the competition with a 45-31 win over Leeds at the Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool.

Jack Hennessy scored ten goals to help Salford to victory, while Aden Woodall and Rafik Tahroui both scored six.

Leeds battled well, but were 11-21 down at half time. But they only lost the second half 20-24, and finished with Damian Derkecz scoring nine and Maran Cwik eight goals.

The second semi final will be between Ruislip and Manchester.

Ruislip reached the last four with a 29-26 win over Liverpool, Christin Nguelo scoring nine times and Arzedine Messis eight to help them scrape a close victory.

The two sides were close at half time with Ruislip winning 11-13, and Liverpool kept them close through the second period too but just couldn’t overhaul the deficit.

And Manchester won 25-18 over Liverpool Speke Garston in their quarter final clash, despite only having eight players available, as opposed to the 14 that Speke Garston brought.

Both Rafal Rybak and Felipe Piccardo scored six goals for Manchester, while Peter Roscoe was the best for Speke Garston, netting four times.

Finally, in the Women’s EHA Cup, Ruislip Eagles beat Cambridge 29-14, with their Great Britain international Dani Sposi top-scoring with 11 goals.

Currently top of their group in the EHA Cup, Ruislip Eagles’ final match in the group stages is a crucial clash with Deva, who are second in the group and level on points with two wins from two matches so far.

The leading pair are due to clash on May 8 at Sugden Sports Centre in Manchester.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Great Dane Top the Table After Goal Fest

REIGNING champions Great Dane stormed to the top of the Men’s National League play-off table with an emphatic 46-20 victory over Nottingham University at Moulton, Northampton, on Sunday.

Previously second on goal difference, Great Dane climbed above rivals Ruislip Eagles with the 26-goal victory, while Ruislip could only beat Manchester by 13 goals - 30-17 - and dropped to second spot.

Meanwhile, former leaders Salford maintained their push for the title with victory over Olympia to stay third.
Nine goals from Dusan Janik helped Great Dane secure victory over Nottingham University, while both Krisztian Olscheiger and Jordi Ferrer-Torras scored six.

For Nottingham, Wolff and Madaras scored seven each, but it was not enough.

Ruislip Eagles battled well to beat Manchester 30-17, and had Alex Rabinin to thank for scoring eight goals, while Xavier Burin added five.

Karim Hammache scored five for Manchester and Girost added four, but it was not enough to avoid defeat.

Salford threw their title hopes a lifeline with a narrow 26-25 victory over Olympia, with Aden Woodall scoring six goals, while Rafik Tahraoui added five.

The match was close throughout with Salford only leading 11-8 at half time. And that three goal lead only just proved enough as Olympia out-scored them 17-15 in the second half.

The victory was revenge for Salford who lost out 30-18 to Olympia in their first play-off clash in February.
The play-offs take a break for EHA Cup action for a few weeks, with the last two rounds of matches due on May 8 and 22.

In the EHA Men’s Cup this weekend, Leeds Carnegie play Salford on Saturday, while on Sunday it’s Olympia v Great Dane, Speke Garston v Manchester and Liverpool Wolves v Ruislip.

Elsewhere, Cambridge overcame the University of Manchester 28-19 in the EHA Men’s Plate last Saturday.