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Issue 118 April 28 2010

Tight at the Top After Thrilling Play-Off Matches FOUR teams are now battling for places in European competition after the last round of English National League play-off matches at the Greenbank Academy in Liverpool on Sunday. After beating leaders and reigning champions Great Dane in the Cup the previous week, Olympia continued their good form with a 33-30 victory over Manchester. Olympia are now level on points with Manchester but ahead on goal difference and stand a very good chance of securing a European spot in the final two games of the season. Ten goals from Lindberg underpinned their victory, while Haddadou scored eight for Olympia. Lasek scored ten

for Manchester and Girost seven, but it was not enough for victory. Cambridge overtook Manchester after beating a battling Salford side 36-27. Nine goals from Fernandez helped Cambridge control the match, while for Salford Garthman, Tauraoui and Woodall all scored five. Great Dane cruised to a 33-17 win over bottom of the play-off table Nottingham University, with all but four of their players getting on the scoresheet. Remus Bugariu

FORMER Army Sergeant Ross Hall has been appointed as the new Team Manager for the Great Britain men’s handball team. As well as his military experience Hall, who is currently principal lecturer and award leader at Glamorgan University, brings a wealth of experience in elite sport.

Pictured above, Ross has previously worked as both team manager and sports psychologist in a number of different sports - professional football, golf, GB wheelchair basketball and GB wheelchair rugby where he attended the Beijing 2008 Paralympics. Lorraine Brown, British Handball Performance Director, said: “Ross will bring logistical and man management skills to the role of team manager that will enhance and complement the current men’s squad staff team, whilst providing the crucial team manager support to the players.”

scored eight and Philip Altong five for Great Dane, while Nottingham’s best was Bodet with six. The play-offs resume in two weeks time on May 9 at Moulton in Northampton, where the match of the day looks set to Action from Cambridge’s hard-fought victory be the clash over Salford in the National League on Sunday. between Cambridge league with a win over and Manchester. Olympia will be aiming to Nottingham, while Great maintain third spot in the Dane play Salford.

GREAT Dane ensured the outcome of the English Women’s League would go down to the last game of the season when they beat arch rivals Ruislip Eagles 27–21 at Leyton on Saturday. Danes knew that they had to win in order to keep their title hopes alive, whilst Ruislip would win the league if they beat Danes in this penultimate game. Both sides fielded a full strength side and as expected the first half was a closely contested affair with both defences strong but Ruislip missed several golden opportunities and found Danes keeper Ida Griffith in fine form. Things were all square at half time but Danes produced a devastating 10-minute spell in the second half which saw them open up an unassailable lead. The defending champions regained their composure to finish strongly in the last five minutes but by then the game was lost and Great Danes had a deserved victory under their belt and the momentum very much back with them for the last game on May 8. Iris Manu top scored for Great Danes with nine, whilst Dani Sposi scored five for Ruislip.

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Issue 118 April 28 2010

In-Form Glasgow March into Last Four of Scottish Cup Glasgow maintained their late season form with a convincing 59-21 victory over East Kilbride in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup, and now go forward to the semi finals where they face Tryst. Following their recent draw with the league Champions Gracemount, Glasgow proved too strong for a young East Kilbride side. The early part of the match Glasgow dominated but East Kilbride had a much better second half after only scoring eight goals in the first half. The scoring was led by veteran player Mick Lavery

with seven goals with another good performance from Colin Reid with four goals who is still only 15 years old. The scoring for Glasgow was led by Seb Klotz with 15 goals. The season is now over for East Kilbride but they have shown great improvement throughout the year and with a young squad can look forward to making more impression next season. Tryst reached the semi finals after beating a weakened Liberton side 53-14. Liberton had several of their players stuck abroad and had lost one of their key student

players, but they showed heart throughout the match and never gave up. They had a young team made up of some up-and-coming Scottish youngsters. It was one of these - Blair Strachan who led the way with five goals in the match and is really starting to show his potential. The Tryst team were a mix of youth and experience with long-serving player James Yule leading their scoring with 10 goals followed closely by another of the old guard Chris McManus with nine goals making a rare appearance for this match.

His strength on the line proved very difficult for the Liberton team throughout the match. Young player Darren Fisher showed how much he has improved this season with some clinical finishing on the wing with six goals. Glasgow University were making an appearance in the Scottish Cup after an absence from Scottish Handball competition since the 1980s, but lost out 37-15 to league champions Gracemount. The match was very close in the initial stages with Glasgow only trailing 7-4. But the experience of the champions told in the end.

English National League Photos by Michele Davison. More at www.picasaweb.google.com/britishhandball

Results, April 24 Women’s English League (Leyton, London): Ruislip Eagles 21 Great Dane 27.

Results, April 25 English League Play-offs (Greenbank, Liverpool): Nottingham 17 Great Dane 33, Manchester 30 Olympia 33, Salford 27 Cambridge 36. Scottish Cup, quarter finals: Glasgow 59 EK82 21, Liberton 14 Tryst 53, Gracemount 37 Glasgow 15.

Men’s English Lge (Play-Offs)

P

W

D

L

Diff

Pts

Great Dane 8

6

1

1

66

13

Cambridge 8

5

1

2

36

11

Olympia 8

5

0

3

39

10

Manchester 8

5

0

3

36

10

Salford 8

2

0

7

-93

4

Nottingham 8

0

0

8

-84

0

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, April 28 2010