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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.

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