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HANDBALL NEWS English edition 16, January 22 2008

GREAT DANE BEAT RIVALS CAMBRIDGE LEADERS Great Dane overcame a strong challenge from secondplaced Cambridge to strengthen their position at the top of the Division One (South) table with a 25-17 victory at Leyton on Sunday. Their ninth win from as many games, Great Dane are now four points clear of Cambridge, and will carry that result forward to the play-offs where

they will start in a strong position. They travelled with a relatively healthy 13-strong squad, while Cambridge brought nine men to the match, with the influential left half Lionel Gousset unavailable for the clash. Great Dane made a strong start and opened up a three-goal lead, but Cambridge battled back and were helped by some superb goalkeeping from Rafal Janta, who made six point-blank saves to keep his side in the match.

All square at 8-8 at the break, Cambridge began to tire as the second half progressed, while Great Dane pulled away to win by eight goals. Six goals from Jordi Ferrer and five from Dusan Janik helped them to win, and despite the performance of man of the match Janta in goal - and the four goals from David Guehring - Cambridge were beaten. Southampton took their first point of the season when they tied 33-33 with

Ruislip Eagles, but they went agonisingly close to staging an upset. The game was tight throughout with the scores tied at 17-17 at the break, and neither side established more than a couple of goals lead before the other hit back. Vladimir Frank and Florian Letombe were Southampton’s top scorers with 13 and 10 goals respectively, while coach David Sedlacek and Nico Seller scored nine and eight.

And in the final game at Leyton, Olympia beat Nottingham University 33-29 to maintain their slim chances of making the play-offs. They led 16-8 at half time after making a good start, and despite tiring as the game went on with only eight players available to Nottingham's 13, they managed to hold on for their fifth victory of the season so far, while Nottingham are now just one point ahead of Southampton.

Manchester University remain unbeaten

RESULTS, January 20

With three teams going forward to the play-off league the two Manchester sides are guaranteed a place in the next stage, but the last spot will be taken by either Liverpool or Bolton. They are level on points, but the Lancashire side have a game in hand.

Men's National Div One South (Leyton): Great Dane 25 Cambridge 17, Southampton 33 Ruislip 33, Olympia 33 Nottingham Univ 29.

MANCHESTER University

beat play-off rivals Liverpool 21-15 at the Greenbank Academy in Liverpool on Sunday, lifting their title hopes and denting Liverpool’s hopes of reaching the play-offs.

Manchester were given a tough time by a youthful Haslingden outfit before running out 31-21 winners in their clash. They led 15-10 at half time, and began trialling a new system with two line players, but Haslingden hit back with confidence and scored several goals through fast breaks. However, Manchester’s lead was enough to hold out for the win. Man of the match deservedly went to Haslingden’s Aidan Woodall (pictured). Wirral chalked up only their second win of the season so far with a 31-21 win over bottom of the league Liverpool SG, but they didn’t have it all their own way.

Men's National Div One North (Greenbank): Manchester Univ 21 Liverpool 15, Manchester 31 Haslingden 21, Wirral 31 Liverpool SG 21.

FIXTURES, January 27 Women's National Div One South (Leyton): Wirral v Liverpool, Bolton v Tryst, Manchester v Haslingden.

Women's National Lge Division One (South) TEAM P W L D F A Diff Pt Ruislip Eagles 3 3 0 0 82 54 28 6 Great Dane 2 1 0 1 48 40 8 2 Squirrels 3 1 0 2 65 81 -16 2 Oxford Univ 2 0 0 2 36 56 -20 0

Men's National Lge Division One (North) TEAM P W L D F A Diff Manchester U 10 10 0 0 287 174 113 Manchester 10 9 1 0 282 227 55 Impressive Liverpool 11 5 5 1 281 263 18 With a half-time score of 14Bolton 9 5 3 1 288 272 16 11 Wirral had to work hard to Haslingden 9 2 7 0 204 241 -37 take the win with only seven Wirral 11 2 9 0 216 278 -62 players available. 0 160 266 -106 Liverpool SG pressed on Liverpool SG 10 1 9

Pt 20 18 11 11 4 4 2

and tried to hit back, but this Men's National Lge Division One (South) just gave more space for the TEAM P W L D F A Diff Pt ever-impressive Stephen Great Dane 9 9 0 0 214 127 87 18 Jameson, who is having a Cambridge 10 7 3 0 309 254 55 14 superb debut season and ended with 10 goals. Oxford Univ 9 6 2 1 258 223 35 13 Youngster Sam Harvey Olympia 9 5 4 0 220 215 5 10 chipped in with an equally Ruislip 9 2 5 2 237 268 -31 6 Haslingden's Aidan Woodall gets some close attention from thrilling seven goals, while top Manchester rivals during Sunday's clash at the Greenbank scorer for Speke was Jim Nottingham U 9 1 8 0 176 266 -90 2 Academy in Liverpool. Pic: Shaun Criscuolo. 1 186 247 -61 1 Smith with six. Southampton 9 0 8 Handball News is produced by Snowdon Sports for the British Handball Association. For details contact 0845 230 0803 or see www.englandhandball.com

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