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Issue 141 October 20 2010

Great Dane Women Record First European Victory GREAT Dane Women beat Greek side AS Aris Thessalonikis 31-20 in the European Challenge Cup last weekend to become the first British domestic team to record a European victory.

History in the Making! Great Dane Women celebrate their victory over Thessalonikis.

Battling Bath Hold Olympia to A Draw NEWLY-promoted Bath held Division One giants Olympia to a shock 23-23 draw in the National League on Sunday to announce their arrival in the top flight. Despite facing a side who qualified for the European Challenge Cup last season, Bath were not over-awed by their opponents and were leading 1211 at the break. Six goals from Osle and five from Masiak helped Bath to a draw with Olympia, for whom Haddadou scored seven and Gug five. But it was not enough to avoid battling Bath taking a point. Elsewhere in the South, Ruislip Eagles beat Cambridge 23-21 to make up for losing to rivals Olympia the previous week. The Eagles started the game convincingly and led 11-8 at the break thanks to Stefan Bauer in goal. In the second half Cambridge’s Zsolt Majoros tried hard to reduce the gap and almost turn the match in the last few minutes as Ruislip had to deal with two consecutive

suspensions. However they ran out of time.

North Section * In the North, an experienced Salford team beat Liverpool Speke Garston 30-10 with GB U21 Jake Williams scoring 12. Nottingham University inflicted a first defeat of the season on Liverpool Wolves, running out 23-16 winners. Leading 10-8 at half time, Nottingham continued to hold the Wolves at bay despite some shaky defending. Morad Arab and Ruben Wolff scored six each, and Guillaume Bodet added four. Manchester beat city rivals Manchester University 30-25, after a spell during the second half where the University side were left with just the goalkeeper and one outfield player on court.

The London club were playing in the competition for the first time after qualifying as English League champions, and travelled with a squad of 17 to Leiria in Portugal for their two matches in the second round of the tournament. “It was a fantastic and memorable experience for everyone,” said player Anne Kandler. “The final whistle was lost in jubilation and we won the title for the most passionate celebration for sure.”

Passionate Hosts Juvelis provided their first opposition, watched by more than 300 spectators. Great Dane started nervously, and every technical mistake was immediately punished. But the Danes fought themselves back into the game and kept a 4-5 goal difference for most of the first half. “The Portuguese team proved to be a physically strong opponent and their aggressive and clever 5:1 defence caused some problems,” added Kandler. The second half followed a very similar pattern – a passionately fighting Great Dane team playing some good handball, forced the Portuguese to show their best until the end when they were 32-19 winners. “We learnt our lesson that we can keep up with the other teams, now we only need to

reduce our own technical mistakes,” added Kandler. After some intense sessions with osteopath for all the Great Dane players, they took on Thessalonikis in their final match, and looked a different team from their opening game with variable and aggressive defence. “The first half was relatively equal and the team played probably their best handball: beautiful goals from the wings, powerful shots from the back, impressive goalkeeping and fast breaks lead to a half time score of 16-13,” explained Kandler. “And the second half proved that youth cannot replace experience - the oldest player of the Greek team was younger than the youngest player of our team!” she added. Great Dane extended their lead gradually to a comfortable 31-20 victory, while in the final game of the tournament, Juvelis beat Thessalonikis 36-25. Kandler scored 12 goals in their two games, while Iris Manu scored 11, including ten in their victory over Thessalonikis. “It was a great experience,” added Kandler. “And the team would like to thank our coach Paulo Silva for inspiring us to a great result, Karin Modig for doing a great job in organising our Challenge Cup adventure, and our osteopath Alexia Lescure for ensuring that everyone survived it.”

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Issue 141 October 20 2010

Big Wins Mark Opening Day of Scottish League THE top three sides in the Scottish Men’s League started their season on a high, securing big victories in their opening matches at the Blackburn Community Centre in West Lothian on Sunday. With a new coach and some new players on show, Glasgow wanted to start on a high against East Kilbride. And so it proved as they eased to a 57-22 victory. Glasgow started the match with some aggressive defending, and soon opened up a big lead with several breaks. Ahead 26-10 at half time, Glasgow continued their free-scoring ways to take victory, with Danos Sagias and Fran Cuellar scoring nine goals each, while Bora Sieng added seven. For East Kilbride, Kris Szulc scored eight and Colin Reid five. Last year’s league and cup champions Gracemount Edinburgh also secured a good win, but had to work hard to beat Liberton, 44-33. Nicolas Loizou was in good form for Liberton, scoring plenty of goals to keep Gracemount’s lead to just 23-18 at the break. After half time Gracemount improved their defence and scoring accuracy, while Liberton

tired with a small squad limiting substitutions. Ten goals from Christian Wolf made him top-scorer, while Allan Stokes and newcomer Jens Frederiksen both scored nine. For Liberton Loizou British Handball’s Chief Executive Paul Goodwin, pictured during scored nine, while Pierre his visit to Limburg. Pic: Peter Mullenberg/Photostique. Mignotte and Christoph Schllitx scored six each. Finally, Tryst showed no mercy to newcomers Dumfries, hammering AHEAD of the training camp for the GB women’s team them 57-13. next month, British Handball’s CEO Paul Goodwin headed to Limburg in Holland last week to further Dominate strengthen ties between the two parties.

Limburg Link-Up Continues to Grow

Tryst managed to convert almost all of their scoring opportunities in the first half and with strong defence they ended with a 22-goal lead by the break, and they continued to dominate in the second half. Bruce Hunter scored 11 goals, while Brian Bartlett and Darren Fisher added seven each. * This Sunday, fixtures are at Ravenscraig Leisure Centre in Motherwell and see Glasgow play Liberton, Tryst play East Kilbride and Gracemount will play Dumfries.

The region of Limburg in Southern Holland has produced many world champions and Olympic medalists in a host of sports, and seven times world record holder and former Olympic gold swimming medalist Ada Kok was on hand to welcome Goodwin, and Matt Shuker from British Handball’s marketing partner, Oaks Consultancy. The meeting was part of a visit to a trade fair in Maastricht, where discussions were had with the Dutch Handball Federation and the regional sports minister, who was there to sign an agreement with Limburg to create a new National Handball Academy in the region.

“Limburg has an excellent sporting tradition and handball is up there amongst the other top sports,” said Goodwin afterwards. “It is therefore much easier to discuss handball with businesses in Limburg because they understand the potential of the sport. “From the warmth of the reception we received and the interest in British Handball from the Limburgers, this was a successful visit and further serves to strengthen the new partnership.” The Great Britain women’s team will be visiting Limburg next month in preparation for their World Championship qualification matches in Poland.

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Handball News, October 20 2010  

Handball News, October 20 2010

Handball News, October 20 2010  

Handball News, October 20 2010

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