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HANDBALL NEWS Edition 92, October 15 2009 - page one

BATTLING GREAT BRITAIN GO DOWN IN AUSTRIA GREAT Britain went down fighting in their European Championship clash with Austria, losing 30-20 to their hosts in Feldkirchen on Wednesday evening. GB enjoyed some good because we missed too spells in the first half, but many. We ran out of ideas were 18-12 down at the sometimes against such a break. The home side tall defence. rallied to a 29-15 lead, but “We had good periods GB battled back with some of play especially at the superb defence and out- end, but it’s frustrating scored their rivals 5-1 in because it could’ve been the final 10 minutes. even closer if we had Six goals from Britt taken more chances at the Goodwin made her the top- end, because Austria were scorer, while Holly Lam- struggling.” Moores added four. Timeout “I was happy with our performance,” said Head GB were down 11-5 after Coach Jesper Holmris. 14 minutes, but a run of three “We have improved even goals – two from Lam-Moores since the Finland match and one from captain Lynn McCafferty – forced Austria three weeks ago. “It was a tough game, into taking a timeout. The home side but we played well and recomposed themselves and learned a lot. We need to went 18-10 ahead with three be even more precise with minutes of the half remaining, our open chances until goals from Zoe Van Der

Weel and Kathryn Fudge closed the gap to six at the break. Two minutes into the second half Austria suffered a set-back when Nina Stummvoll received a twominute penalty, but GB failed to capitalise on their advantage with any goals. In contrast, when Louise Jukes was similarly given a two-minute penalty, Austria added three while she was off the court. Now 26-14 ahead, the home side moved in for the kill as GB tired and a run of three goals put them 29-15 ahead, forcing GB Head Coach Jesper Holmris to take a timeout. GB tightened up their defence after the timeout, and rallied strongly, outscoring their opponents 5-1 in a final ten minute period which left Austria – who took another timeout - stunned.

Holly Lam-Moores rises above an Austria defender in search of goal. Photo: Alex Wirf,

Next Up: France

Kathryn Fudge struggles with the Austria defence. Photo: Alex Wirf,

GREAT Britain take on former World Champions France on Saturday, and will face a formidable opponent when the match throws off at Crystal Palace in London at 4pm. France were crowned World Champions back in 2003, and although their team has changed since then there is no doubt that they are a formidable opponent. To see France competing against Great Britain seemed almost

unthinkable a matter of months ago, with the French having finished third in the European Championships in 2006, fifth in the World Championships in 2007 and fifth at the Beijing Olympics. But Great Britain proved they can compete with some of the best teams in the world when they battled to a 30-20 defeat to Austria, a team 18th in the world which is aiming to qualify for their 20th straight World and European Championship. Victory over the French would be the shock result of the decade, but the British

team never to say never. “The France game is very similar to the Finland match,” said head coach Jesper Holmris. “Everyone was so excited to play Finland in a competitive home match in front of a home crowd for the first time. “It’s just a case of going out there and enjoying this match and enjoying the atmosphere - it’s more about the process than the result. “We are working very hard to improve our skills on court and that is our main focus, and of course for the players it is to enjoy the match.”

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HANDBALL NEWS Edition 92, October 15 2009 - page two

ENGLISH TEAMS FLY THE FLAG IN EUROPEAN CHALLENGE CUP THREE teams flew the flag for England in the European Challenge Cup last weekend, with Great Dane, Manchester and Olympia battling well against some tough club opponents from across the continent. highlight of Manchester’s opening game against Ukraine outfit SC Time Burevestnik, but they still lost out 45-18, while the next day they battled superbly and only lost by seven goals, 22-29 to HK Lokomotiv Varna from Bulgaria. Aurelian Bouche and Celian Girost both scored six goals. In their final match, a tiring Manchester were beaten 4512 by Greek side AC Filippos Verias, with Tomasz Lasek scoring seven for Manchester. More on the team’s experiences in Europe can be found at www.

English League and Cup champions Great Dane lost out in their opening match to Bosnian side RK Konjuh Zivinice 3824. 21-13 down at half time, Great Dane battled well with Phillip Altong topscoring with nine goals. The following day Altong scored eight but they still lost out 21-40 to a strong Romanian side HC Odorheiu Secuiesc, and their final match ended in a 44-15 defeat to Italian side ASD Albatro with Colas Hillaireau top-scoring with four.

Olympia also had tough games, and lost 49-16 to Xico Andebol from Portugal, with Dragos Bucur scoring four. The next day they battled well and scored 30 goals with eight coming from Ulf Christiansen, but their hosts from Montegro, HC Berane, scored 44. The following day, they were beaten 61-20 by a strong HC Tineks Prolet Skopje side, although Bartosz Cholewa scored five for Olympia. Eight goals from Karim Hammache was a

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GB Aces get Asker off to a Cracking Start WITH the help of four of the Great Britain women’s team (pictured), Asker Handball Club in Norway are enjoying a good start to the season.

After staving off relegation last season the club, coached by GB assistant coach Vigdis Holmset, are now top of the league and celebrating four wins out of four. Four of the British girls EXPERIENCED Danish handballer Miriam Pedersen has been appointed as North who were with Asker last West Development Officer as the growth of season have left to join clubs elsewhere in Europe, handball in Britain continues. but those who remain – Miriam has been Nottingham University. Louise Jukes, Kathryn playing handball for Living in Didsbury, Fudge and Holly LamMoores – have instilled around 15 years – Miriam will be based British fighting spirit into the first in her native in Manchester with team. British goalkeeper Cerys Greater Denmark, and then in the Walker has returned to Germany where she Manchester Sports England to pursue other Partnership, and is to was studying. interests, but the three who Finally, after undergo a two-month remain helped make a good moving to England, induction programme start to the season. Their first match was she gained an MSc in to prepare her for the Sports Management role, although she against Storhammer and, after a dodgy start, the at Loughborough already has extensive team managed to fight to a University, while experience of coaching 35-32 victory. The next the sport to children. playing handball for game against Fredrikstad was another close battle

but Asker dominated and won 35-30. The third game against Holand really showed the other teams what a great goal scoring force Asker are, eventually securing a big 41-25 win. After a two-week break with the GB team, they returned to face Fjellhammer and notched up an easy 29-22 win. While the British players and coach Holmset are on international duty for Asker’s match this week, hopes are high of the other players continuing the winning streak. Jukes said: “Although we’re on international duty, we are certain that the foundations have been laid in training this week and are sure the rest of the team can carry on the winning form. We are now top of the league with a massive 140 goals scored.”

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