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Issue 164 April 6 2011

Great Dane Goal Fest Puts Them Top of Table 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.

Victory 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 FerrerTorras scored six. English Lge (play-offs) Great Dane Ruislip Eagles Salford Olympia Manchester Nottingham Univ

P 8 8 8 8 8 8

W 6 6 5 3 3 0

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 1715 in the second half. D 0 0 0 1 1 0

L 2 2 3 4 4 8

F 232 223 218 198 163 151

A 186 183 198 184 183 251

Diff 46 40 29 14 -20 -100

Pts 12 12 10 7 7 0

Great Dane’s top-scorer Dusan Janik puts pressure on Nottingham’s Guillaume Bodet.

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 Plate last Saturday.

Stalwart Volunteer Roy Jones Dies MUCH-loved British Handball volunteer Roy Jones (pictured), who has worked at every tournament staged in the last three years, has died. Roy first volunteered to work as a Team Host at the Women’s Four Nations Tournament in Sheffield in 2008, and went on to fulfill that role many times with different teams from across Europe. He most recently helped out at the GB Men’s

International Series at “Our volunteers play a very Loughborough University. important part in making things happen and I ask you to spare a thought for Roy’s Dreamed family and friends and those “Roy was a gentle, modest of our volunteers who have and very educated man - a worked closely in recent years language teacher - who could with Roy.” speak many languages. He There will be a private had always dreamed of cremation, but a celebration volunteering at the Olympics and will sadly now not realise of Roy's life was held on April that dream,” said Paul 6 at Arden School in Solihull Goodwin, British Handball where he was recently CEO. working.

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Issue 164 April 6 2011

Olympic Excitement Builds For Handball Manager WITH less than 18 months until the Olympic Games are held in London, British Handball spoke to 2012 Handball Competition Manager Alex Gavrilovic to see how preparations are going. Andrew McSteen reports. “My team is very excited, but we’re a bit too busy to think about it,” said Gavrilovic, who spoke to British Handball at one of our business networking events at Crystal Palace recently. “There’s this looming deadline, an immovable object that we can’t ignore - it’s marvellous!

Amazing “The venue will be finished imminently, it will be handed over on the 10th May to LOCOG, so having the arena available this far out from the games has never happened before for our sport, so this is an amazing thing. “There are a lot of similarities to the Sydney Games experience. Both teams have come from nowhere to create Olympic-quality athletes from virtually nothing with limited funding. But what British Handball and the athletes are achieving is so much better. “Of course there is more funding which shows a good vision from UK Sport and the BOA and the athletes’ attitude, but they

are there as a host nation and will want to take it as an opportunity to prove that they are worthy Olympians. “We tried this same thing for the Australian teams for the Sydney 2000 games but not as successfully as it’s been launched here and I think this particular effort that has been put in by British Handball - and Paul Goodwin in particular is just amazing. “He is doing a lot with nothing, he is creating so many opportunities from virtually so little. “In general with any Olympic athlete the media and the public don’t see the sacrifices being made. They see Michael Phelps in

the swimming pool but putting it the effort in. It they don’t see the hours will be their families, their and hours of training that coaches and their the guy does to be where immediate circle of he is. support that get them “Similar to GB Handball – through this – and that’s people will come along to what makes Olympians. an international event and “I’m delighted to have say ‘yeah, they’re good Sue Whitehead as our athletes’ but they don’t Services Manager and I’ve see the hours of training, also been joined by Chris the sacrifice, the living Athanasiadis who has been away from home and appointed as Technical families, and giving up jobs. Operations Manager for “The Olympics are made London 2012 and who up of a whole lot of worked with me at the athletes that aren’t high Sydney Games. profile. You think about “We’re focussing very the media here and much on some detailed football – we know what planning some 18 months they have for breakfast, out or, as somebody put it, we know what cars they 69 weeks until the training are driving and you just venue opens for the don’t get that sort of Olympics. That really information for Olympic focuses your mind about athletes across any of the how little time there is left sports unless they happen now!” to be the world champions, The Full Interview the most famous ones.” “Behind them there are is available at a whole army of BritishHandball.com Olympians, doing it tough,

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Handball News, April 6 2011