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Issue 104 January 20 2010

GREAT Britain goalkeeper Robert White has insisted that the team are still on track to achieve their 2012 Olympic goals despite a difficult run of defeats over the last three weeks. Sixteen games in 24 days saw the side exposed to some of the world's best handballing nations, and while GB competed well for periods they were left in no doubt about what is required to be competitive in London in two years time. "It has been a tough few weeks for the team, but we've come out of it even more determined to achieve our goals," said White, a 26-year-old goalkeeper from Milton Keynes. "We now know what is required to make it on the world stage, and

we've returned to our clubs with a renewed focus and drive." Performance Director Lorraine Brown added: "We have a young group of developing players who are playing against seasoned international teams with greater experience. “The average age of our squad is 22 with an average of 10 international games,

playing against teams with an average age of 26 and an average of 80 international games. "We need to continue to support and nurture these players whilst challenging them in the real world of top international competition, look to learn more from each game and increase the consistence of our positive playing

periods so that we are competitive longer against the teams that we play against in major events." Great Britain’s World Championship qualification bid began with a 27-36 defeat to Romania last Friday evening, and was followed by a 19-44 loss to Bosnia Herzegovina. The team then battled well with Finland and were ahead at half time, but again slipped to a 21-35 defeat as consistency proved to be a problem for the team.

Picture special Photographer Michele Davison went along to the Northern League matches in Manchester on Sunday to capture the best of the action. More images can be seen in the British Handball Picasaweb Page - see www.British Handball.com for more. 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 104 January 20 2010

TITLE RIVALS DRAW AFTER EPIC BATTLE TITLE rivals Liverpool and Nottingham University had to settle for a 31-31 draw after a dramatic last-gasp goal from the University side in the latest English League matches in the North on Sunday. Second and third in the table, the two teams were close throughout the game with no more than two or three goals separating them. But it was Liverpool who had the better of the opening half, taking a three goal lead with Nottingham appearing sluggish. However, just before the break Nottingham did wake up and three quick goals ensured the scored were also tied at half time at 15-15. Some strong defending and inventive attacking saw Nottingham take control after the break, but they let Liverpool back in with some defensive errors and the game continued to be close. Liverpool edged ahead with three goals in quick succession minutes before the end, but Nottingham hit back in the dying seconds. Apostolos Fakis stole the ball and set up Alberto Camara, and with seven

second on the clock he made no mistake and put the teams level. From the re-start, Nottingham again won the ball, but Jon Mardaras hit the post with the final shot as the whi stle blew. Top-scorer with 14 goals was Carlo for Liverpool, while Mardaras scored ten for Nottingham. * Trailing by two goals at half time, Northern section leaders Manchester were made to fight all the way by Liverpool Speke Garston before scraping a 21-16 victory at Bellevue in Manchester on Sunday. Having averaged more than 31 goals per game so far, Manchester came up against some strong defence from

Speke and had to battle for their eighth victory in nine league games. Goalkeeper Avery was in superb form for Speke and helped keep his side in front, but a series of three consecutive exclusions for Speke players gave Manchester a way back into the game which they took with both hands. A change of defence from Manchester, and good performances from all their three goalkeepers, helped them turn things around and secure victory by six goals. Karim Hammache top-scored with seven goals.

MANCHESTER University and Salford battled all the way in a local derby clash on Sunday, but in was the university side who scraped a dramatic 25-24 victory after a tense match. Manchester enjoyed the best of the early exchanges, with the Salford defence leaving their keeper too exposed, and the university side were five goals clear at half time at 16-11. However, Salford battled back well and were within one goal with three seconds to go and with a free throw chance coming their way. Quickly taken, Salford centre Garthmann combined well with Tahraoui who put the ball in the net, but the whistle had gone and the goal did not count.

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Issue 104 January 20 2010

CAMBRIDGE KEEP THE PRESSURE ON LEAGUE LEADERS

TOP TWO SET TO MEET IN EHA CUP FIRST ROUND

EIGHT goals from Majoras helped Cambridge ENGLISH League Southern Section leaders Great Dane secured a 26-15 victory over Thames in the English have been drawn to play second-placed Cambridge in the opening clash of the EHA Cup after the draw was League’s Southern Section on Saturday. The victory leaves Cambridge still second in the table, level on points with arch rivals Great Dane, but with a 12-goal difference to make up on their Londonbased rivals. Cambridge led 17-8 after the first half, with five goals from Sevin helping them to establish a good lead, and they continued to rack up the goals after the break and win by 11 goals. Ruislip Eagles notched up only their second league win of the season when they overcame the challenge of rivals Olympia at Leyton SCORE Centre on Saturday.

made last weekend.

Five goals from Guillaume The reigning Cup and Pfeiffer was the Eagles’ best, League champions, Great while Toufik Haddadou net- Dane will need to be at their best if they are to progress ted six times for Olympia. The Southern Section into the next stage of the Cup, takes a break for one week which this year is done on a this weekend, but returns to ladder basis without the need action on January 31 when to re-draw each round. Olympia will be aiming to return to winning ways – and re-ignite their push for the play-offs – when they take on second-placed Cambridge. Great Dane will play Ruislip in the day’s other match, while Thames now have no game until February 14.

Results, January 16-17 2010 Men’s English League (South): Cambridge 26 Thames 15, Ruislip Eagles 21 Olympia 18.

The dates for the Men’s EHA Cup are March 20/21, April 17/18, May 15/16 and the finals at the Brentwood Centre in Essex are on June 6. A plate competition is also being run for the men on the same dates. The Women’s EHA Cup is again in a group format, and last year’s finalists Great Dane and Ruislip Eagles have been drawn in opposing groups, meaning they could meet in the final once again. The dates for the women’s EHA Cup are Feb 6/7, March 20/21 and April 17/18, with the semi finals on May 15/16 and final on June 6 at the Brentwood Centre in Essex.

Men’s English Lge (South)

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Great Dane

5

4

1

0

137

94

43

9

Cambridge

5

4

1

0

121

90

31

9

Olympia

5

2

0

3

91

108

-17

4

Ruislip Eagles

5

2

0

3

92

110

-18

4

Thames

Men’s English League (North): Manchester 21 Liverpool Speke Garston 16, Liverpool 31 Men’s English Lge (North) Manchester Nottingham U 31, Manchester U 25 Salford 24.

6

0

0

6

105

144

-39

0

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

9

8

0

1

272

194

78

16

Liverpool

9

5

1

3

235

218

17

11

Nottingham University

8

5

1

2

206

192

14

11

Fixtures, January 23 2010 Men’s Scottish Lge: Gracemount v Liberton, Ayr v Glasgow, EK82 v Cumbernauld. Men’s English Lge (North): Nottingham University v Manchester.

Liverpool Speke Garston

8

3

0

5

201

193

8

6

Salford

6

3

0

3

167

168

-1

6

Manchester University

7

2

0

5

131

180

-49

4

Wirral

7

0

0

7

133

200

-67

0

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Men’s Scottish League Gracemount

6

6

0

0

266

138

88

12

Cumbernauld

6

5

0

1

192

141

51

10

Fixtures, January 24 2010

Glasgow

6

4

0

2

193

172

21

8

Liberton

6

3

0

3

142

153

-11

6

Men’s English Lge (North): Manchester Univ v Liverpool, Wirral v Salford.

Tryst 77

6

2

0

4

141

135

6

4

Ayr

6

1

0

5

115

164

-49

2

EK 82

6

0

0

6

145

251

-106

0

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Handball News, January 20 2010