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Issue 121 May 19 2010

Olympics Chief Gets the Handball Bug! 2012 Chief Executive Paul Deighton Visits Youth Handball Project HANDBALL has been given the thumbs up by the man in charge of the London Olympics, after he visited a handball scheme in Warrington last week.

Sharp-shooter - LOCOG Chief Executive Paul Deighton tries handball.

NEWLY-crowned National League champions Great Dane take on rivals Manchester in their final play-off match on Sunday. Their clash is the last of three matches at the Greenbank Academy in Liverpool, and is also their last domestic action of the season. The programme opens at 11.30am with Salford taking on second-placed Olympia. Both those teams lost out narrowly in Cup semi finals last weekend, and will be eager to return to winning ways.

Nottingham take on Cambridge at 1.30pm, with Cambridge hoping to make up for the disappointment of losing narrowly to Liverpool in the semi final of the EHA Plate on Sunday. Reigning Champions Great Dane clinched the National League title once again when they beat Salford 47-14 in Northampton last week. Their victory means they cannot now be caught with one game remaining, while the battle for second continues to rage on into the final games.

Paul Deighton, the the Olympic sport of Chief Executive of the handball and try to London Organising achieve their personal Committee of the best.” Olympic Games (LOCOG), Mr Deighton was met with members of visiting several GamesEngland Handball’s youth linked projects in the area, squad and found out for including the Warrington himself just how much fun the sport can be. The youth squads have been set up as part of the explosion in popularity handball is experiencing, and the stars of tomorrow were on hand to help pupils from Culcheth High School learn the game. After trying - and failing Wolves Handball - to score a penalty Leadership Programme was recently against goalkeeper Alex which Bradley, Mr Deighton granted the London took time out from his Inspire Mark. While at Warrington busy schedule to chat to the players about their Wolves’ Halliwell Jones passion for the sport and Stadium he met the ambition to compete at Culcheth High School students who were being the highest level. “It’s impressive to see put through their paces that the once-in-a- by young England players lifetime opportunity the Alex Bradley, Leanne, 2012 Games provides has Kindley, Beth Wilhabram, already inspired these Jenny Gordon and young people to take up Stephen Clarke.

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Issue 121 May 19 2010

Overtime Thriller in EHA Cup Semi Finals MANCHESTER reached the final of the EHA Men’s Cup after a thrilling extra-time victory over Olympia in their semi final clash at Belle Vue in Manchester on Sunday. The victory not only gives Manchester a place in the Cup final on June 5, but gives them revenge for the narrow defeat they suffered to Olympia three weeks ago, which effectively ended their push for the National League Manchester’s Karim Hammache - nine title. Manchester led 19-10 at half goals against Olympia on Sunday. time, but Olympia clawed it back to 32-32 at the end of normal time, before the home side edged ahead in extra time. Manchester will meet Ruislip Nine goals down at the Eagles in the final on June 5 at break, Olympia’s impressive the Brentwood Centre in Essex, 3-2-1 defence caused many after they scraped past 31-28 in ball losses to Manchester's another great match in Warrington on Saturday.

static attacks, and several consecutive fast breaks reduced the deficit to four before eventually equalizing with a few minutes to go. Manchester looked stunned for much of the second half, and Olympia went two goals ahead with two minutes left.

Energy The last few seconds of the game saw Olympia with possession with a one-goal lead, but they lost the ball and Lasek and Hammache combining on a 2 v 2 to score

Busy Time for Great Britain

Salford were ahead for much of the first half, but Ruislip edged ahead 12-13 at half time. Both goalkeepers were in good form, but Ruislip’s had a cracking BOTH the GB Men’s and Women’s squads ten minute spell in the second half are heading for Galicia this week as they where he saved five six-metre continue their preparations for a busy shots, allowing his team to catch period of competition. Salford. To their credit Salford never gave The GB Men’s team will play Galicia three up and closed to just one goal with times this weekend before returning to three minutes to go, but some Crystal Palace next week. They then go to fouls cost two players a twominute suspension, allowing Belgium to take on their host nation twice on May 28 and 29, before returning to the Ruislip to close the game down. * In the Women’s EHA Cup, Great UK for more training at Loughborough. Dane booked their place in the GB Women are playing in a five-team final with a 38-25 victory over Deva. tournament in Galicia. After playing Nine goals from Anne Kandler helped them to victory, along with Cataluna on Friday, they play Portugal on six from Iris Manu and five from Saturday and another team on Sunday, Garaloska. Lindstrom scored nine depending on results. for Deva. And in the other semi final, They will then travel to Glasgow to Ruislip Eagles booked another prepare for their Euro 2010 clash with match against arch rivals Great Austria on May 26, and onwards to Lille to Dane in the final when they play France on Sunday, May 30. overwhelmed Olympia 31-16.

with just two seconds remaining. However, Olympia had used a lot of energy to send the game into extra time, while Manchester heeded the wake-up call. They took a two-goal lead which they kept over the first five minute half. Starting with the ball in the second half of extra time, they extended the lead to three. Although Olympia scored some important goals, Manchester replied systematically and finished the game with a Kempa.

GB Handball: Fudge Reports Great Britain handball ace Kathryn Fudge is featured on top sports website, Sportsvibe, this week. Click the picture below or go to to see the report!

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Handball News, May 19 2010