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HANDBALL NEWS English edition 22, March 4 2008 - page one

DOMINANT MANCHESTER SWEEP PAST TRYST TO REMAIN UNBEATEN MANCHESTER University notched up their fifth straight league win when they swept aside the challenge of Tryst in the latest Women’s National Division One (North) fixtures at the Greenbank Academy on Sunday. The Scottish side, who had travelled across the border with just nine players, had to complete two games in one afternoon as they try to catch up on their fixtures, and after beating Wirral 29-17 in their first match, they found the Manchester side too much to handle. They had beaten Wirral comfortably enough, with Cheryl Thompson and Amanda Lowe both netting eight times, while Linda McKay chipped in with

seven goals to help them to victory. But with little more than half an hour to recover, Tryst came up against a fitter and more skilful Manchester University side who hit the ground running. Five goals from five different players helped give Manchester a 5-1 lead after just eight minutes, and although Tryst initially struggled to find any gaps in the Manchester defence, they managed to break through towards the end of the half and trailed 16-6 at half time. The second half was a more equal affair with Tryst netting 11 goals, which included some fine wing shots from S Corrick. But the Manchester University side continued to impress in all positions, and the only criticism from coach Becker was some late defensive slackness.

* Ruislip Eagles completed all their matches in the southern division with a resounding 46-19 victory over a game Nottingham University side in a friendly at Leyton on Sunday. The Eagles are undefeated so far this season in their bid to win back the league after Great Dane ended their dominance last season, and they had too much for Nottingham in the match. Ruislip went all out from the start with an offensive defence and a fast break strategy, and this paid off as they raced into an 11-0 lead after just 15 minutes. Nottingham matched Ruislip goal for goal up to the break, but still trailed 21-7 to a rampant Ruislip, with Sposi in excellent form on the counter attack in the first half. After the break her form continued and she racked up 16 goals in the game.

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and the voluntary sector. Great Dane HC player Iris Manu attended the official launch of the scheme at Trafalgar Square, along with the show’s hosts Joe Pasquale and Suzanne Shaw, as well as the show’s mascot, Mr Bing. A weekly show on Virgin1 and Challenge TV,

Ruislip Eagles: National Division One (South) winners.

RESULTS, March 2 Women's National Div One (North): Wirral 17 Tryst 29, Tryst 17 Manchester Univ 32. Women's National Div One (South): Squirrels 0 Great Dane 10. Friendly: Ruislip 46 Nottingham 19.

FIXTURES, March 9 Men's National Division One, play-offs (Turf Moor, Burnley): Manchester Univ v Oxford, Manchester v Great Dane, Bolton v Cambridge.

Women's National Lge Division One (North) TEAM P W L D F A Diff Pt the game started last Manchester U 5 5 0 0 112 66 46 10 Friday and each week will Haslingden 5 3 2 0 103 99 4 6 feature 60 minutes of prizeTryst 4 2 2 0 95 102 -7 4 winning as well as live Liverpool 6 1 5 0 84 101 -17 2 entertainment. Wirral 4 1 3 0 35 61 -26 2 Gamecards can be bought from around 14,000 retail outlets across the country. For more information visit The BingoLotto game has run in Sweden since 1991 where it has raised just under £1billion.

Women's National Lge Div One (South) TEAM P W L D F A Diff Pt Ruislip Eagles 6 6 0 0 152 89 63 12 Great Dane 5 3 2 0 84 69 15 6 Squirrels 5 1 4 0 65 101 -36 2 Oxford Univ 4 0 4 0 55 97 -42 0

National Division One Play-Off table

TEAM P W L D Great Dane 5 5 0 0 Manchester U 5 3 0 2 Manchester 5 3 1 1 Cambridge 5 1 3 1 Who's that guy with Iris Manu? Oxford 5 1 4 0 BingoLotto presenter Joe Pasquale poses with Great Dane handball star. Bolton 5 0 5 0 Handball News is produced by Snowdon Sports for the British Handball Association, supported by For more details please contact 0845 230 0803 or log on to

F 150 151 141 128 119 122

A 86 121 137 151 141 175

Diff Pts 64 10 30 8 4 7 -23 3 -22 2 -53 0

HANDBALL NEWS English edition 22, March 4 2008 - page two

MESSAGE FROM AARHUS GB players report back on a packed two months at Academy THE first two months of the year have flown by and the schedule has been packed, none more so then the past two weeks here in Aarhus. The women’s squad continues to develop further in the build up to the challenge trophy in Cyprus at the end of March. Last weekend saw another successful camp building on successes in France late last year. Led by new coach Jesper Holmris, the women’s squad is full of promise and ambition ahead of their next big

competition in Cyprus. This week has also been of big interest for the men’s setup. On Tuesday evening, right back Merlin Braithwaite and left wing Thomas Barker got a taste of the big time playing for their club side Viby IF in a David versus Goliath cup tie versus Liga outfit Kolding featuring Danish International Bo Spillerberg fresh from their European Championships triumph in Norway last month. The British pairing set about their business admirably and contributed several goals, and Braithwaite enjoyed some success whilst directly matched up against the

experienced Spillerberg. The match was played in a packed Viby arena and on a great occasion after a poor start, the hosts valiantly rallied to a hard earned, respectful 23-29 loss at the hands of the Liga team. Also experiencing the big time this week was Talent ID graduate Stuart Campbell, who was invited to represent handball as one of its Sporting Giants to highlight the success stories of the program one year on from the launch. Campbell made an insightful and composed cameo appearance live on BBC Breakfast News alongside sporting great and five times Olympic

Sporting Giants scheme hailed a massive success after first year the scheme last week. The brainchild of the Sporting Giants scheme, Sir Steve Redgrave was joined by representatives of volleyball and rowing as well as handball for a day of interviews with television and newspaper reporters, which resulted in some of the best publicity ever secured for our sport. Great Britain player Stuart Campbell, who had never played handball until he applied to the scheme, was interviewed on BBC Breakfast News on Thursday, and then Sporting Giant: Stuart Campbell.

ONE year on from it’s launch, the Sporting Giants programme has been hailed a huge success with dozens of athletes across several different sports - including handball - taking part in a media day to showcase

by several national newspapers for their Friday editions. Campbell, from Manchester, was one of 11 handball players to come from the scheme. Others include Donald Seed, Theo Blossom, Liam Back, Stuart Clark, Scott Frew, Andrew Roberts and Gareth Priddle, while on the women’s team Laura Innes and Sophie Keen were discovered through Sporting Giants. “I always felt there was a lot of sporting talent out there, but I didn't realise there would be so much enthusiasm from people wanting to be involved in the scheme,” said Redgrave.

The Great Britain men's team at Aarhus. Gold Medallist Sir Steve Redgrave before making an appearance on Radio 5 and being unveiled during a live press launch in London. Media interest aside, on the court the men’s squad are building up to a training camp in mid-March where aspirations are high to build upon work put in to the last camp in January. As the new products of the Talent ID program find their feet in their new surroundings, particular mention goes to goalkeeper Bob White, who was recruited to play for Jutland Serie side JAI.

And Chris Mohr has impressed his new suitors at Brabrand IF Ynglinge and helped his new club to beat their top of the table opposition. Look out for another update from the GB Academy in Aarhus soon! Text: Mark Hawkins. * Editor’s note: As well as good media coverage of Stuart Campbell and the Sporting Giants campaign, Huw Goodwin was interviewed on the Chris Evans Show on BBC Radio Two on Friday.

Women prepare for Challenge Trophy PREPARATIONS for the Women’s European Challenge Trophy later this month stepped up a gear last week when the squad took part in it’s first training camp under new head coach Jesper Holmris. With the Trophy just three weeks away, the squad went through an intensive four-day camp at Aarhus, which included a match against local side Grenna IF. As well as the current GB squad, also included in the camp were 2016 Project youngsters Ellie Carrick from Haslingden and Jodie Guest from Wirral, who gained a valuable insight into life at the Academy as well as the training intensity required to be an international player. The squad is due to meet up again this week for tactical

training at Aarhus, before flying to Cyprus for the tournament, which takes place from March 25-30 and includes Bosnia, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Finland and Israel. With two groups of four teams for the preliminary round followed by cross-over games, semi-finals and finally placement matches and the final, the team will be playing a game a day, but the tough schedule will give the young squad chance to show how they are developing.

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