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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Carshalton crowned London League winners

THE Olympic training venue, SportHouse in Barking, played host to the finals of the London Under-16 Handball League.

Five teams battled it out in the culmination of a tough season of handball which has seen hundreds of young people playing the sport across the region.

In action at SportHouse were Carshalton Boys from South, All Saints-Newham Flames-Seven Kings from East and Harris Boys from Central Pro Active.

Brendan Earley from Carshalton Boys said afterwards: “Well done to all the teams who took part in the London Under-16s Handball League this year. It was a fantastic competition fought out in the pro-actives and then at the finals day. It was also a fantastic opportunity and experience to play in the brand new Olympic training venue at Mayesbrook.

“It has been another very exciting year for handball with all players and coaches waiting in anticipation for the Olympic draw and then the competition itself. I hope that this fantastic sport continues to grow in the legacy of the Olympic Games and that all the hard work put in on and off the court continues to pay off.

“With the development of new clubs teams, the England teams and greater amount of competition we all look forward to things to come in the near future.

The U16 league has been run since October last year and features monthly fixtures in each Pro Active region (South, East, Central). The best teams qualify for the final and played a round robin tournament to decide the winner. It has been a great year for handball and development around London. There is a massive interest in the sport which only increase with Olympic coming up.

And Josh Connolly from Harris Boys Academy added: “The Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich handball team can be very proud of themselves after finishing as runners up in London League Final.

The boys were very happy with their overall performances and can take strong belief into the second round of the Nationals. We would like to congratulate the winners, Carshalton boys, who were excellent!”

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