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HANDBALL NEWS Edition 97, November 18 2009 - page one

BRITISH HANDBALL CALLS FOR FULL TEAM AT 2012 OLYMPICS THE British Handball Association this week threw it’s weight behind calls for the British Olympic Association to field a fullstrength team for the 2012 London Olympics. After doubt was cast on the number of athletes the BOA could support because of their budget shortfall, British Handball’s board has moved to clarify their position with the following statement from Chairman John Brewer: “The British Handball Association, (BHA), firmly believes that the British Olympic Association, (BOA), should send a full team of athletes to the

London 2012 Olympic Games, and that the BOA must receive the necessary funding to achieve this goal. “We believe that this is the only way of maximizing the unique opportunities that the London 2012 Olympic Games present, enabling Team GB to achieve the highest possible standards of performance, whilst creating a legacy of

increased participation in a range of sports, when the 2012 Games are over. “The BHA is fully committed to two Strategic Priorities in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, namely: * Entering two competitive teams into the Men’s and Women’s Handball competitions at the London 2012 Olympic Games. * Creating a structure

East Kilbride Give Scottish League Leaders a Scare SCOTTISH League leaders Gracemount were given a scare by a strong East Kilbride team in the latest fixtures north of the border, but in the end experience told and Gracemount ran out 37-25 winners. Now unbeaten in all three of their opening

matches, Gracemount needed to call on all of their strength in depth and the experience brought in by new players to secure the victory, while for East Kilbride it can only be a matter of time before they notch up their first win. The second match of the day was also a

Stuart Latchford in action for Salford. See page two for more.

that develops the sport at community level, and produces a talent development system which sustains future competitive British handball teams. The current rate of progress is rapid, as reflected by the recent performances of both squads, and we are confident that our on-going strategies and future plans will enable us to continue this rate of progress, and

achieve our Strategic Priorities by 2012. We also believe that our sport has much to offer by encouraging participation in diverse, multi-cultural communities where handball has traditionally been a popular sport, and in the Higher Education sector where the capacity to develop competitive sport is high.”

Results, November 15

English Men's League (North): Liverpool Speke Garston 21 Nottingham 25, Manchester Univ 24 Wirral cracker, with Ayr giving a 23, Salford 35 Liverpool 25. real fright to Cumbernauld before eventually losing Fixtures, November 22 out narrowly 32-35. Ayr led 27-24 late in the second half, but they ran English Men's League (North): Liverpool Speke out of steam and a Garston v Wirral, Liverpool v Manchester, Nottingham v younger Cumbernauld Salford. side managed to English Men's League (South): Great Dane v overcome the deficit with Cambridge, Olympia v Thames. several breaks which punished Ayr’s mistakes Scottish Men's League: Cumbernauld v Liberton, as they tired. After two narrow Glasgow v Tryst, Ayr v EK82, Stirling v Gracemount. results, finally there was an upset in the final match Scottish National League (Men) of the day with Liberton Gracemount 3 3 0 0 121 53 68 6 scoring a 32-29 win over Cumbernauld 3 3 0 0 129 77 52 6 Tryst. Glasgow 3 3 0 0 76 47 29 6 With several new Tryst 77 3 2 0 1 85 59 26 4 players in their ranks this Liberton 3 1 0 2 65 96 -31 2 season, Liberton have Ayr 3 0 0 3 74 118 -44 0 finally started to gel EK82 3 0 0 3 71 130 -59 0 together well into a strong Stirling 3 0 0 3 26 64 -38 0 team.

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HANDBALL NEWS Edition 97, November 18 2009 - page two

BATTLING NOTTINGHAM GO JOINT TOP AFTER WIN OVER SPEKE A BATTLING performance from the University of Nottingham saw them beat Liverpool Speke Garston 21-25 on Sunday – and go joint top of the English National League’s Northern Section. A BATTLING performance from the University of Nottingham saw them beat Liverpool Speke Garston 21-25 on Sunday – and go joint top of the English National League’s Northern Section. The victory was Nottingham’s fourth in five games, and leaves them level on eight points

with Manchester, who had a blank weekend. Speke fought well and showed the sort of form that helped them beat leaders Manchester earlier in the season, but after leading 8-6, Speke fell behind 12-10 at half time. Nottingham lost line player Ali Karakiprik with an injury late in the first half, and as play resumed in the second period

Speke Garston hit back to lead once again. But Nottingham battled back again to lead, and with a strong defensive performance throughout they secured the win. Cedric Biguenet topscored with seven, while Hubert Marcinowski and Alberto Camara both also played well and scored five times. Salford kick-started their English National League campaign when they beat rivals Liverpool

Pictures by Michele Davison

Tough defence from Speke Garston.

35-25 in their latest Northern Section clash on Sunday. After their defeat to Northern champions Manchester on the opening day of the season, Salford have gone from strength to strength, with the experience and depth of their squad helping them to two victories.

Manchester University recorded their first win of the season, beating fellow strugglers Wirral 24-23. With both teams previously without a win, the University side just edged the match, and although they join Speke on two points they are still second bottom of the table on points difference.

Trophy Winners Return for Liverpool Festival 2010 Speke Garston's Jack Hennessey in action against Nottingham.

THREE of the trophy winners in last year’s Liverpool Handball Festival have confirmed they will defend their titles when the 2010 event is staged on May 29-30.

HC Garva from team this year. Other Handball Club, Tryst Barcelona, HC entries received for the 77 from Scotland, Magdeburg from 2010 event include Nerja Ruislip Eagles from Club, both England and a French Germany and Liverpool Handball Speke Garston all won men’s and women’s team. trophies in last year’s teams from Ochtrup Some spaces are event and have vowed still available at the to return to the tenth 2010 event - for details of how to enter and running of the popular annual event. costs please contact Successful in the Peter Irving on 0151 women’s event last 327 1208 or 07775 537220 or e-mail time, HC Garva have peter.irvine7@ntlworld.com Wirral's Joel Halstead shoots at goal. also entered a men’s 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, November 18 2009