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HANDBALL NEWS English edition 43, September 1 2008

GB MEN TURN ON THE STYLE TO REACH FINAL OF NORDIC CUP GREAT Britain men reached the final of the Nordic Cup in Denmark last weekend with a series of superb displays against tough opposition. Playing against mainly victory came against second division Danish Tommerup HK where GB sides, the team registered won 22-19, and they beat their first victory over a Norwegian outfit Oppsall team from that level, and 26-11 in the B semi final reached the final where on Sunday. they lost out 21-16 to They met Brabrand in Brabrand. the final, and although “The lads played really they lost 21-16 they played and showed well,” said team manager superbly Bill Baillie. “It was the first much improvement. time we have played “We learned a lot from consistently at that level, this event,” added Baillie. and at no time did we look “The standard of their play was good and a lot of the out of our depth.” They began the three- players now realise just day event with a narrow 22- how much we’ve improved 21 defeat at the hands of technically. “In the past we were Novling IH, and were also just beaten by AGF being beaten by 15 or 16 goals, but we are better Aarhus 22-18. The first

able to control games than before.” Top goal scorers were Sebastian Edgar with 17, while Will McLachlan scored 15 before missing the last match after damaging a tooth in the semi final. Both goalkeepers Jesper Parker and Robert White did well, with shot save figures of 46 per cent and 38 per cent respectively. The men’s squad take part in the Fregat Cup at Ebeltoft this weekend, where some of the Talent ID players will be given a little more game time.

Experienced staff appointed for Four Nations Tournament BRINGING a wealth of experience in management and development in the leisure industry, Susan Whitehead has been appointed as event manager for the Women’s Four Nations Tournament in Sheffield next month. Since 2004 Susan has been the Community Sports Manager at Siddal Moor Sports College in Rochdale, Lancashire, while prior to that she was Sports Development Officer and acting Principal Sports Development Officer for Burnley Borough Council. A keen netball player as well as handball, she has great experience of high level international competition including European Cup fixtures.

Holiday Handball Schemes Prove a Hit MORE than 2,000 children from the London area have taken part in handball sessions over the school holidays, thanks to the work of Miriam Pupalova and the Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme. The fun sessions took place at venues across the region, and included work on all aspects of the game. “Some courts we set-up with overturned sports benches as goals and another using cricket stumps,” explained Miriam. “The bench acts a long target and you score by shooting in the corners. “Using these different types of goals ensured that we cold practice different types of skills and that the emphasis wasn’t just on

scoring, but passing, teamwork and positioning as well – it’s important to learn about these skills. “The most important technical aspect of Handball is learning how to pass to each other’s team mates and positioning on the field,” she added. “Of course, the priority is to have fun, but I use a mixture of my own coaching techniques and those I have been taught to make handball as easy and relevant as possible."

Olympia draw first blood in pre-season event OLYMPIA took their first win of the new season when they battled to victory in the Nottingham Pre-Season Tournament last weekend. The London-based outfit won all three of their match to secure victory in the event, which also saw Nottingham, Ruislip and Bolton take part in a series of 40-minute matches. Nottingham won their opening game against Ruislip 16-15, after battling back from a 9-5 deficit at half time. Next Olympia’s strength in depth was too much for Bolton and they won 29-10.

Olympia took on Nottingham next and ran out 18-14 winners after a close match, which was all square at 9-9 at the break. Bolton edged ahead of Ruislip 12-11 London children experience handball fun. at half time before the Eagles’ used several substitutes to secure a 27-23 win. Ruislip's tiredness began to show in their next match, with The British Handball Association now has an Olympia pulling out a six-goal official group on Facebook! lead in the first period and Almost 1,000 people have going on to win 23-16. Once registered on the social already signed up! networking site, just search Nottingham needed to draw "British Handball with Bolton to secure second for place, and in fact they won 28- Supporters" and get news 19 to ensure they finished the and views from players and fans alike. event as runners up.


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