HANDBALL NEWS Edition 88, September 2 2009
CREAM OF ENGLISH HANDBALL PREPARE FOR EURO CHALLENGE WITH just one month to go before their 200910 European Challenge Cup campaigns begin, the three English teams in the competition are preparing for the group stages at venues across the continent. Great Dane will travel to Romania for their three group games on October 9-11, while Manchester will go to the Ukraine and Olympia to Montenegro for their matches on the same three-day tour.
English National League and Cup winners Great Dane begin with a clash against RK Konjuh Zivinice from Bosnia Herzegovina on October 9, and then will play Romanian outfit HC Odorheiu Secuiesc the following day before their final clash with ASD Albatro. After the draw was made, Great Dane player-coach Radu Miclaus said: “The Romanians are the best in my opinion, they have some very good players including some who have been in national teams. “They have a new goalkeeper who is in the national team and played in the recent World Championship in Croatia, and they also have a few players from the Balkan countries. “The Italians have just signed a former French international who has played with Chambery and Paris HC.”
English League runners-up Olympia travel to Berane for their group games. They begin with a clash with Portugese outfit Xico Andebol, and play hosts HC Berane on October 10 before tackling HC Skopje from FYR Macedonia the next day. With Olympia looking forward to their first Challenge Cup, club Chairman Tobi Julen said: “It looks like a tough draw, particularly as HC Berane has played in the EHF Cup and the Cup Winner's Cup in the last two years. It is a team that Great Dane have experience of, so we will see what inside knowledge we can get from them. “Xico Andebol has not been in the Challenge Cup for a few years now, but have some previous good results as well. “We have virtually no chance of staging an upset but miracles have been known to happen."
Manchester HC, who topped the National League (North) last term, return to the Challenge Cup to face teams from different countries than in last seasons. They begin with Ukrainian side SC Time Burevestnik on October 9, then will take on Bulgarian side HK Lokomotiv Varna before finishing their fixtures with a match against AC Filippos Verias from Greece. Club official Aurelien Bouche commented: “We are very happy about the draw as it will give us a great opportunity to play against these teams from other countries. This competition is, first of all, a reward of last season's results and we will try to make everyone participate in this competition, but to also represent England Handball, and show how we are improving all the time, in comparison to last year.”
Action from Great Dane versus Olympia in the 2009 English Cup final. Both sides are preparing for European competition.
London Cup Helps Teams Prepare for European Adventure THE London Handball Cup begins this weekend, with both men’s and women’s sides from the four clubs in the capital competing. Sunday sees Thames take on Olympia in both men’s and women’s competitions at the Leyton SCORE Centre, starting at 12noon. The event continues next week, with Great Dane taking on Ruislip Eagles in
the men’s event on Thursday, September 17, at 8pm. The competition continues on September 27 with Thames v Great Dane and Olympia v Ruislip Eagles in the men’s event. And October 4 at 12noon at the same venue Olympia play Thames in the women’s competition, as well as Great Dane v Olympia and Thames v Ruislip Eagles.
New Handball Training Sessions in London OLYMPIA Handball Club has teamed up with the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme to launch weekly youth coaching sessions at the London venue. The link-up will start on September 25, with girls aged 14-17 training from 67pm and boys aged 14-17 from 7-8pm. Coaches from Olympia, who have both national and
international experience, will run training sessions which feature a variety of skills, fun games and matches. Aimed at promoting the game and capitalising on its profile ahead of London 2012, the partnership will look to unearth players whilst developing the skills and passion of those who are already playing. For details, contact Tobi Julen on 07503 173885.
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