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Issue 155 February 2 2011

Teams Still Harbour Play-Off Hopes WITH just a few matches remaining in the normal Men’s English League season, the line-up for the play-off league is still not set with several teams still harbouring hopes of scraping into the end-of-season competition. The top three teams from both the northern and southern section will go forward to the play-offs and compete for the overall national league title and the right to compete in the European Challenge Cup. In the north, Salford and Manchester are already through, but the third spot is between the University of Manchester and Nottingham University.

Thrilling And in the south, Great Dane and Olympia are through to the play-offs, but the final place is between Ruislip Eagles and Cambridge.

There was some thrilling handball played in both regions last weekend, with league newcomers Liverpool Wolves battling to a 16-16 draw with second-placed Manchester, who had previously won nine of their ten matches. With just eight players travelling to the Greenbank Academy for Sunday’s clash, Manchester came up against a Wolves side who had strength in depth and have an everincreasing talent base. 9-7 ahead at half time, Manchester couldn’t stop the Wolves biting back to secure a draw. With results from the normal season carried forward to the play-offs, Salford did themselves

Men’s National League pictures by Mathilde Friggieri

a big favour by beating potential play-off rivals Nottingham University 31-25 at Nottingham to maintain their unbeaten record. And the University of Manchester also kept their play-off hopes alive with a victory over Deva, although they were made to work hard for the win. Eight goals from Steven Jameson helped Deva compete with their rivals, but with Berezowski scoring eight goals and Ruiz Varela scoring seven, Manchester University ran out 22-19 winners. Great Dane secured a narrow 26-24 victory over Olympia at Men's English Lge (North)

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to leap-frog their opponents and take over the lead in the southern section. With Olympia leading 12-10 at half time, Great Dane hit back to secure a win which will also boost Great Dane’s play-off hopes, the result being carried forward to the end of season competition.

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Salford

11

10

1

0

349

232

117

21

Manchester

11

9

1

1

289

222

67

19

University of Manchester

11

6

1

4

292

265

27

13

Nottingham University

11

6

0

5

261

242

19

12

Liverpool Wolves

11

4

1

6

271

229

42

9

Deva

11

1

0

10

219

320

-101

2

Liverpool Speke Garston

10

0

0

10

142

313

-171

0

Men's English Lge (South)

Pts

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

Cambridge

6

2

0

4

154

160

-6

4

Bath University

6

1

1

4

120

149

-29

3

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Ruislip Eagles

2

2

0

0

42

36

6

4

Olympia

1

1

0

0

25

20

5

2

Deva

2

1

0

1

41

43

-2

2

Great Dane

3

0

0

3

55

64

-9

0

Women's English League

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Issue 155 February 2 2011

Battling Olympia Shoot Down Great Dane OLYMPIA Women boosted their title hopes when they recorded a 25-20 victory over rivals Great Dane in their latest National League clash at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London.

Women’s National League photos by Paul Fenech

The fate of the match was close right down to the final couple of minutes, but Olympia maintained their composure and secured a victory which sees them go second in the table. With several victories under their belts already over guest teams, it was Olympia’s first league win. But they face another stiff test this Sunday when they take on leaders Ruislip Eagles who have won both their league matches so far. Also at Crystal Palace, Sunday’s match begins at 12noon. Four goals from Ari Bekker helped Olympia to take a narrow 11-10 lead at half time, while Linda Bourkab scored three.

After the break Olympia found the net with increasing frequency, with Bekker adding another four to finish as the top scorer. Bourkab also doubled her goal tally to finish with six.

In-Form For Great Dane, Adela Jensouska scored five goals and Alexandra Garaloska and Delphine Moral both scored four, but it was not enough. This Sunday’s Ruislip versus Olympia clash will see in-form Eagles player Telek - who has netted 16 goals in their two league games so far - line up opposite Bekker who scored eight on Sunday.

Schools Catch the Handball Bug in Thanet IT has been almost four years since schools in Thanet began to catch the handball bug, and there appears to be no stopping the growth of the sport! The Thanet School Sport Partnership (TSSP) has been working hard with several other organisations to get the sport into schools, where it has proved so popular that many regular coaching sessions are now being staged across the town.

TSSP has received support from the Ursuline College as well as the Kent Handball Development Group and England Handball. The main focus for the sport in Thanet is Dane Court, where the club meets each

Wednesday. But as well as the regular sessions, there are several one-off events being staged to further the handball cause. To find out more, please contact Dave Walton on 07788 150238.

Thanet Handball Events Wed, Feb 9 - Taster Evening for Y3-4, 4-6pm Wed, Feb 16 - Y3-4 Handball Festival, 4-6pm Mon, Feb 28 - Handball leadership and teacher training for Change4Life Schools, 9.30am-3pm Tues, Mar 1 - Thanet Y5-6 Handball Championship, 4-6pm Wed, Mar 9 - Secondary School Handball Taster Festival

Handball News is produced by Snowdon Sports Media Partners Ltd for the British Handball Association For more details please contact 0845 230 0803 or log on to BritishHandball.com or EnglandHandball.com


Issue 155 February 2 2011

England Dreams? The Road Starts Here DO you dream of playing handball for England? If you do, then a good place to start would be the England Under-16 trials being staged in London next weekend, February 12. Applications to attend the trials at Bethnal Green Technology College must be sent by club secretaries or teachers to Handball Development Officer Ari Bekker by Monday, February 7. To be eligible to take part in the trials you must register with the EHA on the form available from the EHA THE deadline for player website, be school year transfers between English 11 or below, hold a UK

Transfer Deadline

League clubs is 4pm on Friday, February 4. Completed documentation, returned registration cards and the appropriate admin fee should be with the EHA by that time.

Eligibility This affects players transferring between nonrelated clubs, but not players upgrading their membership from development league to Division One within the same club (i.e. moving up from second team to first team). New registrations are still allowed for players not yet registered with any EHAaffiliated club this season.

passport, play handball regularly and be of good standard, be reliable and self-reliant, and be willing to train independently to maintain and increase your fitness.

Players must arrive in good time to register and prepare. Boys trials also took place in Cheshire last weekend where a good standard of handball was on display, but can the London area match Prepare their skills? To download the The trials begin with the girls from 10am- application form, please on to 12noon, while the boys log EnglandHandball.com trials are from 1-3pm.

Come And Watch The Next Generation of International Handball Superstars SOME of the best Under-18 handball players in England will be on show this weekend when the Under-18 AASE League Championship play-offs are staged in Warrington. Top handball action is guaranteed in the event at the Birchwood Sports and Leisure Centre on Brock Road,

with the boys competition taking place on Saturday, Feb 5, from 9am-1pm. And there is no let-up in the action, as the following day it is the turn of the girls to compete from 9amnoon. The League is part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence,

which looks set to provide the next generation of international handball stars.

Handball News is produced by Snowdon Sports Media Partners Ltd for the British Handball Association For more details please contact 0845 230 0803 or log on to BritishHandball.com or EnglandHandball.com

Handball News, February 2 2011  

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