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Issue 147 December 1 2010

Asker Aces Shine For Great Britain Women GREAT Britain starlet Nina Heglund scored five goals for Great Britain in the opening match of their World Championship qualification campaign against Austria in Poland on Wednesday. The Norway-based 17-year-old playmaker caused real problems for the Austrian defence - as did her team-mate at Asker HC Britt Goodwin, who also chipped in five goals from the wing. But their efforts were not enough to stop Austria winning 30-20, making it three out of three in clashes between the two sides in the last year or so. “Austria were a lot better this time than last time we played them,” said GB head coach Jesper Holmris. “They had one of their best players back from injury.

Photos: Julia Treharne

SCHOOLS handball is taking off across the country, and this week saw two major events in Scotland. The inaugural Secondary Schools Championships was staged at Ravenscraig Sports Centre in Motherwell, and saw a good mix of newcomers to the sport mixing it well with some schools with links to established handball clubs.

“We didn’t have the usual energy, we weren’t as organised in defence and we missed a lot of chances, but we know we can play better and hope to do so against Slovakia tomorrow. “Nina Heglund had one of her best games so far for GB with five goals from seven shots, and Britt Goodwin scored five too so it’s not all bad.”

Unbeaten The team spent last week in Limburg, Holland, and played three friendlies against top Dutch domestic teams which saw them unbeaten. The squad were in Holland as guests of sponsors Tasty Limburg, and took part in several promotional events, which even included a trip to a luxury spa! The friendlies proved excellent preparation for the World Championships, with GB recording a 37– 25 victory over Bevo and a 32–23 victory over Quintus.

Duncanrig School in East Kilbride won both the boys and girls S1-2 categories, while Belmont School from Ayr were top in the S3-4 Boys event. Largs won the S3-4 Girls and S5-6 Girls, while another East Kilbride school, Calderglen, came out on top in the S5-6 boys category. “There were some very close matches throughout the day despite some of the players

“The camp in Holland went really well because all our players except Hargreaves were available and especially against Quintos as they had an international physique, very tall,” said head coach Jesper Holmris. “We are very happy that we now have more players ready to play at this top level but we still need to progress so we can have a very hard preparation before each major tournament where all the players are able to have significant court time so our key players are not playing 60 minutes in all our matches.”

only recently taking up handball against some schools who have associations with local handball clubs,” said Stevie Neilson, chairman of the Scottish Handball Association. And then later in the week there were the first matches in the Scottish Junior Cup play-offs. East Kilbride again proved strong and came out on top in the under-12s and under-10s categories, while Livingston girls

beat their East Kilbride rivals 8-5 in the deciding match of the under-14s group. Finally, new team Ayr won all of their matches in their group, finishing with a convincing 7-2 win over Livingston. The competition continues in February with the next round of matches. When all games are complete, the top two teams in each group will play for the Scottish Cup on May 21 2010.

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Issue 147 December 1 2010

Slick Salford Maintain Title Tilt THE only unbeaten team left in the Men’s English League, Salford maintained their challenge for the title with an emphatic 35-21 victory over Manchester University on Sunday. The two sides battled out a draw earlier in the season, making third-placed Manchester university the only side to take points away from Salford this season. But it was a different story on Sunday. After opening up an early lead, Salford never trailed and went in at half time leading 18 13. But the students came out after half time determined to regain the advantage. However, the Salford defence that proved so effective against Manchester the week before became virtually impenetrable for their rivals.

Valiant Despite their valiant efforts, they only managed to score four goals in the first 20 minutes of the half and only eight in total. In contrast, Salford scored a further 18 goals and finished the game confident 35-21 winners. Elsewhere, Liverpool Wolves beat Deva 29-17, while Nottingham University were 3115 winners over Liverpool Speke Garston. Nottingham moved up to third on the back of that victory, and

with games in hand they look set to mount a good challenge for the Northern Section title. Manchester were handed a 10-0 victory over Wirral by default after the Merseyside outfit failed to raise a side for the clash against the league leaders.

Thrilling * In the Southern Section, Ruislip Eagles edged past Olympia 24-23 in a thrilling encounter on Sunday. Ruislip took the initiative right from the start and put Olympia under pressure establishing a four-goal lead thanks to several goals from Fabien Colette. Olympia looked shaken but stood strong, and with Toufik Haddadou's goals they reduced the gap to reach half time with only a one goal deficit 13-14. The Eagles started the second half stronger and were ahead up to five goals with 15 minutes remaining. However a fighting Olympia team managed to come back in the game and even led by one with just four minutes remaining. Ruislip then launched one last big effort to turn the game at their advantage and finished victorious 24-23 after endless defensive displays.

Handball Coach Kelsall Receives National Award JUST weeks after being named as Coach of the Year at the Cheshire West and Chester Sports Awards, handball coach Gary Kelsall (pictured above, centre) received national recognition this week when he was named 2010 Children’s Coach of the Year this week. The UK Coaching Awards were held at a glittering ceremony at The Brewery in London on Tuesday.

Dedication The award citation read: “The award is due recognition of Gary’s dedication and hard work. He is the heartbeat of handball in the Chester area. “His work with the Deva club has led to them gaining access to the National League One for the first time. Meanwhile, he led the Tarporley Junior club to the National Schools Finals, just nine months after the club was set up.” Among his many other achievements he has helped to increase sport participation through handball by coordinating the Chester School’s Handball Competition and working with diversity projects in Chester.

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Handball News, December 1 2010  

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