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HANDBALL NEWS English edition 39, July 9 2008

GREAT BRITAIN UNBEATEN AFTER SUPERB PARTILLE CUP CAMPAIGN GREAT Britain men remained unbeaten throughout their Partille Cup campaign in Sweden last week after turning in some superb performances in the Under-21 competition. The squad were the

only unbeaten side in the under-21 section of the Cup, and were placed in the strongest of three groups which went on to produce both finalists. Special dispensation was given to the GB

side to field three over-age players, with their results all shown as 10-0 defeats as a result. But the popular tournament provided some excellent competition. “The Partille Cup is a great tournament,” said performance coach Bill Baillie. “And when you get up to under-18 and under21 level there are no mugs. It’s a really high standard of handball and it wouldn’t surprise me if some of the players will be in their national sides at 2012.”

The GB men last took part in the cup in 2006, where they won just one of their group games and another in the knockout stages. But this year they were unbeaten and showed great improvement on their performance of two years ago. In 2006 they were heavily beaten by Swedish side IK Nord, while they gained revenge for that with a 1311 victory in their opening game of the tournament. Line player Allan

Stokes was in fine form with 31 goals, and the Braband player was voted as the players’ player of the tournament. Goalkeeper Jesper Parker had some great performances, especially against both the eventual finalists who the GB side managed to beat. There were also 18 goals from left back Chris Mohr, while play maker and squad captain Ciaran Williams led by example with a determined performance.

Young teams battle well in Sweden

Ciaran Williams in action for Great Britain during the Partille Cup 2008.

SEVEN teams of young British handball players also travelled to Sweden to compete in the Partille Cup in Gothenburg last week. Scottish team Tryst sent two sides, while Beauchamp Middle School from Bedford fielded three teams and Newham

Borough from London had two teams competing. With the Partille Cup attracting dozens of the best young handball teams in the world the British teams struggled, but learnt much about the game which will set

them in good stead for the future. Tryst under-15 girls were the only side to register a victory, beating Icelandic outfit Grotta 16-7, but the other British teams all played well and scored plenty of goals.

Deva Handball Club win Youth Tournament DEVA Handball Club ran out winners in the recent Liverpool Invitation Youth Tournament. The Chester-based club were unbeaten in the five-team event at the Greenbank Sports Academy, which included teams from Liverpool and Haslingden handball clubs as well as two teams from Ochtrup in Germany. The Ochtrup A team looked strong and had beaten Deva the previous

day in an exhibition game at Chester’s Northgate Arena, but Deva gained revenge with a 12-9 victory 24 hours later. Deva’s other results were a 10-8 victory over Haslingden, an 11-2 win over Ochtrup B and a 13-9 win over Liverpool. Haslingden beat Ochtrup B 16-9 and overcame Liverpool 13-9, but lost out narrowly 12-13 to Ochtrup A. Liverpool lost by one goal to Ochtrup A, 6-7, but beat their B team 10-3.

Ochtrup Handball Club, who finished as runners-up in the Liverpool Invitation Youth Tournament.

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HANDBALL NEWS English edition 39, July 9 2008 - page two

HANDBALL FESTIVAL A SUCCESS TWO days of handball tournaments held at schools in Warrington during National Schools Sports Week have been branded a success by organisers. The tournaments, which took place at Bridgewater and Culcheth high schools, showcased the recent link up with Rugby League club Warrington Wolves, which aims to develop a Handball Academy for boys and girls to produce the players of the future for the National Leagues in the next five years. The tournaments involved more than 200 boys and girls from five high schools and six primary schools. All the officiating was carried out by recently qualified Junior Handball Leaders Trophies were presented by Warrington Wolves rugby and Referees, and while league players, above.

Primary Schools do battle in first handball championship THE hard work being done to promote handball in the community in the North West continued last month when the first City of Liverpool Handball Championships were staged at Archbishop Beck Sports College. Four schools took part, with all but one entering both boys and girls into the round-robin format event. Blessed Sacrament School won the event with 12 points, while Holy Name Primary were just behind. St Mary’s and Fazakerley Primary also

played some good handball. All were invited to take part in handball coaching sessions at the school’s community centre on Monday evenings at 4pm. The event was organised and run by students from the

school’s CSL course, and the handball leaders umpired the matches. Trophies were presented by Mick Hegarty from England Handball Association, who was impressed with the students.

Blessed Sacrament Primary School - event winners 2008

the competitions were highly competitive and the games were played within good spirit. In the high school events Woolston stormed to victory in the boys whilst Bridgewater won a closely fought girls tournament. And in the primary schools event Culcheth, who recently won the National Mini’s Plate Competition in Rossendale, were champions in both the Boys and Girls events. Warrington Wolves Superleague stars Matt Blyth and Mike Cooper were on hand to give out the trophies, which included awards for players of the tournament. Shaun Charnock from

Woolston High School collecting the boy’s award and Caitlyn Hayes from Bridgewater High School the girls. Mick Hegarty, Director of Development to the England Handball Association and a former Great Britain international, said: “The events were a resounding success and the direct result of the EHA World Class Schools Initiative being piloted in WASSP. “A great level of play was shown by all and certainly there were quite a few players who have been identified for Handball Academy trials.”

Action from the Warrington schools handball tournaments.

New pre-season event gives clubs chance to prepare for 2008-09 A PRE-season friendly tournament is being arranged in Nottingham for August 30, giving teams the chance to hone their match fitness before the start of the new league season. The event is being organised by Colin Wills of Nottingham Handball Club, who has booked the hall for the day from 10-6.

Space in the event will be given on a first come first served basis, with entry costing £20 although this amount may fall if sponsorship can be secured for the event. Wills plans to have 25 minute games played in 30 minute spots to give the teams several matches. For more details contact Colin on 07791




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