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Issue 156 February 10 2011

RUISLIP Eagles took a big step towards winning back the English Women’s League title with a comprehensive 40-23 victory over title challengers Olympia at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London on Sunday. But the final scoreline certainly Ruislip putting in their best 30 did not look likely after the first minutes of the season with a 20 minutes when both sides much better defensive played well, and it went goal for performance and a return to their goal with Olympia's new-look fast break game. Telek and Sposi attack showing the form which (pictured) were in great form on helped them beat Great Dane the counter but coach Mel recently. Chowns was pleased with the whole teams performance. “We had watched Olympia beat Pressure Great Dane and knew that we had Ruislip were playing well in to be on our game to secure the attack, but were not dealing so two points as they are a much well with the threat of Bekker improved side with some new and Bourkan but gradually they good players,” she said. “This began to exert more pressure, makes this season so good as especially from the wings, and each game is challenging but I went in at half time with a two- was so pleased with our play in Ruislip Eagles and Great Britain the second half as it was star, Dani Sposi. Her eight goals goal advantage. The second half was a definitely our best all-round play helped the Eagles beat Olympia. completely different affair with for a while.”

Cambridge Battle to Cup Victory CAMBRIDGE battled to a narrow 19-17 victory over Thames in the English Women’s Cup, with a late comeback giving them the win. Cambridge got into the game well and opened an early lead, Niki Rau scoring a nice goal from the wing. Good attacks helped them extend the lead, with clear chances being stopped by penalties which first Kriszti

Baranyi (3) and then Angela timeout from Cambridge Heard (2) converted. they fought back to lead by two which they held to the end. Close Baranyi finishes as But Thames always looked Cambridge’s top scorer with dangerous, and battled back six, and although Niki Papp to a 9-9 half time scoreline for Thames scored eight, it with Cambridge making was not quite enough for victory. some silly mistakes. Also in the Women’s EHA A close second half saw Thames lead by a goal with Cup, Great Dane beat 12 minutes left, but after a Manchester University 15-9

in a hard-fought and tense clash at Leyton. * In the Men’s EHA Cup, Great Dane reached the second round when they beat Warwick University 3224 in their first round clash. That result means Great Dane join Olympia and Ruislip in the next round after the other two teams received byes through the first stage.

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Issue 156 February 10 2011

Deva Boys Crowned AASE League Champs DEVA were crowned champions of the Under-18 AASE Boys League after a thrilling set of final matches last weekend.

Roll Up for University Champs A RECORD number of teams are set to battle it out for a place in Europe at the British University Championships at Nottingham University on February 19-20. Around 30 teams from as far apart as Glasgow, Bournemouth, London, Edinburgh and Southampton will compete at the 2011 BUH Champs, demonstrating the continued growth of Handball as we look to the future beyond London 2012. The winning BUH Championship teams will go forward to the EUSA European Universities Handball Championships in Rijeka, Croatia, later this year, representing another major step up for all our British University players. Entry to the event is free for spectators and the standard of handball is bound to be high. GB Men’s captain Ciaran Williams will be in attendance and refereeing, while British Handball Performance Director Lorraine Brown and team manager Mel Chowns will also be there scouting for potential talent. More information on the 2011 British University Handball

Championship is available from admin@britishuniversitieshand ball.com Split into the main championship and a plate competition, the men’s championship has three teams from Loughborough and two from Lincoln as well as others from Southampton, UC London, Cranfield, AECC Bournemouth and Bath. In the women’s championship Loughborough field two teams and will take on Cranfield and Lincoln. The plate competition has men’s and women’s teams from Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Manchester, Nottingham and Leeds Met, while the men’s plate has also attracted entries from Imperial (London), Warwick, Oxford and Bath. Southampton/Oxford field a joint team in the women’s plate event, as do Imperial/UCL. Games will take place on both days at University Park in Nottingham and Sutton Bonington just outside the city, while the finals on Sunday are all at Sutton Bonington.

They beat Cannock 14-11 to win the 2010-11 league, and bring to an end a day of entertaining play-off matches which saw the top four teams in the league battle it out. Cannock started the day as favourites as they were the only unbeaten team in the league, putting them at the top spot. Things went according to Cannock’s plan as they dismissed Warrington Wolves 13-11 in a tight and thrilling match which either team could’ve won. Deva (pictured left), who looked to be Cannock’s main rivals, also won their first match which was against Manchester Hawks. The final score was 12-11 which meant they scraped in the final to face Cannock. That left Manchester Hawks to face Warrington Wolves in a 3rd place play off. The two teams were out of reach of the medals but still had their pride to play for. Warrington had yet to beat Manchester so far this season and appeared to be the underdogs. However, they were out of the blocks much quicker than a lethargic Manchester side and through a combination of fantastic saves from goalkeeper Jamie Simpson, and a solid attacking performance from the rest of the Wolves, they

eased into a five-goal lead early in the first half. In the second half, Manchester came out fighting and managed to whittle the deficit down to just one goal. They continued to chase Warrington to the final whistle, but as it blew Warrington were still one ahead, winning the match 2120 and claiming third spot in the league. With silverware up for grabs, both Cannock and Deva threw everything they had at each other. The prize at stake may have put too much pressure on the two teams as for the first stages of the first half there were numerous unforced mistakes and technical errors from both sides, meaning the scoring was fairly low. Both teams led at different stages in the match but as it wore on, Deva began to look the stronger and smarter of the two teams. In the second half, Deva goalkeeper K. Wolff really stepped his game up and kept Deva’s lead a strong one by denying Cannock of several seemingly certain goals. Oliphant, Dunstone and Tyler were all extremely impressive in attack. The final whistle blew with scores at 14–11 to Deva HC, leaving Cannock in shock and Deva ecstatic as they lifted the trophy. Text: Ben Hoyles.

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Issue 156 February 10 2011

Nottingham Face Decisive Late Push for Play-Offs THIRD-placed Nottingham University face two tough games this week as their bid to reach the end of season play-offs reaches a crucial stage. They face league leaders Salford on Tuesday when a victory will cement their spot in the top three, but a defeat will mean they are left hoping that Manchester University lose out to Liverpool Wolves next Sunday.

Poised Manchester University are just one points behind Nottingham and poised to take the final spot in the play-offs should their rivals falter. The first of three matches due to take place, the fate of the Manchester University v Liverpool Wolves clash is by no means certain.

New to the league this season, the Wolves will be no pushover, having drawn with secondplaced Manchester a couple of weeks ago. Manchester University won narrowly 26-22 when the two sides last met in November, but the Wolves are improving all the time and gave leaders Salford a tough time when they played each other a few weeks ago. In other league action, Bath beat Cambridge 29-21 to record only their second win of the season and leave Cambridge bottom of the league. The final set of matches in the Southern Section at Moulton near Northampton on Sunday sees

Glasgow on Top SCOTTISH League leaders Glasgow were made to battle hard by rivals Liberton before securing a 26-20 victory at Blackburn Community Centre in West Lothian. Both teams started well in defence and the game was tight in the opening minutes. Glasgow opened Liberton’s defence with a lot of fast breaks at the end of the first half, leading by four.

Glasgow started the second half with a same pace as they finished the first half increasing their lead to about 10 goals, but Liberton’s determinations kept them in the game till the end and Liberton secured a well deserved losing bonus point. Elsewhere, Tryst secured their fifth league win in six games when they beat EK82 49-23, while Gracemount overwhelmed Dumfries 67-16.

Warwick University struggle through some tough defence from Great Dane in their EHA Cup clash on Saturday.

Ruislip Eagles play Bath University, while leaders Great Dane take on bottom of the league Cambridge in the day’s final match.

Men's English Lge (North)

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Salford

10

9

1

0

318

207

111

19

Manchester

11

9

1

1

289

222

67

19

Nottingham University

11

7

0

4

264

226

38

14

University of Manchester

11

6

1

4

292

265

27

13

Liverpool Wolves

11

4

1

6

271

229

42

9

Deva

11

1

0

10

219

320

-101

2

Liverpool Speke Garston

11

0

0

11

157

341 -184

0

Men's English Lge (South)

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Great Dane

7

5

0

2

177

152

25

10

Olympia

8

4

1

3

200

189

11

9

Ruislip Eagles

7

4

0

3

176

177

-1

8

Bath University

7

2

1

4

149

170

-21

5

Cambridge

7

2

0

5

175

189

-14

4

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Ruislip Eagles

3

3

0

0

82

59

23

6

Deva

2

1

0

1

41

43

-2

2

Olympia

2

1

0

1

48

60

-12

2

Great Dane

3

0

0

3

55

64

-9

0

Women's English League

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Handball News, February 10 2011  

Handball News, February 10 2011

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