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HANDBALL NEWS English edition 31, May 7 2008

DANES TAKE TITLE AS BATTLE FOR FINAL EURO SPOT GOES ON GREAT Dane secured the Men’s National Division one title in style at Brentwood on Sunday, beating Manchester 32-24 to wrap up the play-off crown with one match remaining. Manchester University clinched second place with a narrow win over Oxford, while Cambridge’s win means the battle for the third and final European qualification spot will go right down to the final weekend. In their battle against Great Dane, Manchester battled well early in the match but a full-strength Danes squad pulled ahead to lead 17-11 at half time, and their lead never looked in danger from that point. Their top scorer was Tomasz Szakola with seven, while for Manchester Thomas Lasek found the net nine

times and was named as man of the match. The opening match of the afternoon saw Oxford take on Manchester University, with both sides fielding reduced squads of seven and eight respectively. Level at 12-12 at half time, Oxford led by three goals with a few minutes remaining, but they let the Manchester in at the death to win 24-22. Malanto Razafindranam was top scorer with 13 goals for Manchester, while Karl Karlsson added six for Oxford. And Cambridge eased past Bolton 42-26 in the final game, although it was

much closer for long periods. It was goal for goal through the first quarter with Cambridge edging to 9-8 before a time-out saw them re-organise and pull away to a 22-11 lead at half time. Fast breaks throughout the second half helped Cambridge secure the points, man of the match David Guehring scoring 12, while for Bolton Andre Kafack, Patrik Jankoviak and Adrian Hoxha all scored five. Aside from Great Dane securing the title and Manchester University second spot, those results put Cambridge back above Manchester on goal difference, but the two sides meet each other on May 18 with the winner taking third spot and entry into Europe. <<< Action from Oxford v Manchester University in the Men's play-offs at Brentwood on Sunday.

Eagles await winner of Great Dane versus Manchester Univ RUISLIP Eagles will play the winner of the Manchester University versus Great Dane clash in the final of the women’s Division One play-offs after Tryst forfeited their place in the end-of-season competition. The Scottish club chose not to contest the play-offs

because of prior commitments, having not expected to finish second. The semi final place was offered to other teams in the league but none accepted, meaning the Eagles go straight through to the final at Leyton on Sunday. Haslingden had looked

In the first of a series of special features, we put the spotlight on Great Britain line player Lesley Robb. Full Name: Lesley Janet Robb Age: 30 Born: Paisley, Scotland Club: MGT BW Feldkirch, Austria Career: Sports co-ordinator and volleyball coach in North Lanarkshire schools up to 2001, then semi-pro volleyball player in Austria and English Assistant in school in Lichtenstein. Why Handball? I wanted a new challenge after many years of volleyball. I wanted to stay in Feldkirch and I knew there was a team here, so I went along to a training session and was hooked!! Hobbies: Spending quality time with my partner and my friends. Books, CDs or DVDs? Books probably, because I never seem to have time to sit down and have a really good read. Random Fact: I used to work in a fish shop.

RESULTS, May 4 Men's Div One play-offs (Brentwood): Oxford 22 Manchester Univ 24, Great Dane 32 Manchester 24, Cambridge 42 Bolton 26.

FIXTURES, May 10-11

set to finish second with Women's Play-offs (Leyton): Sat: Manchester Univ v two games against Wirral Great Dane. Sun: Winners v Ruislip Eagles. in line, but were forced to Men's National Div One Play-Off table concede one of the P W L D F A Diff Pts matches and finished third. TEAM Great Dane 9 9 0 0 274 173 101 18 North section winners Manchester University Manchester U 9 6 1 2 250 218 32 14 will need to be on form to Cambridge 9 4 4 1 268 260 8 9 beat South section runnersManchester 9 4 4 1 226 227 -1 9 up Great Dane in a game Oxford 9 2 7 0 196 225 -29 4 at Leyton on Saturday. Bolton 9 0 9 0 218 329 -111 0

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