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HANDBALL NEWS Edition 68, April 8 2009 - page one

GREAT DANE IN COMMAND GREAT Dane continued their romp towards the National League title when they beat rivals Manchester 36-29 in a dramatic clash at the Greenbank Academy in Liverpool on Sunday. A 4-2 defence from The London side when they scraped a Liverpool backfired with remain unbeaten dramatic 33-29 verdict Cambridge penetrating through the season so over Liverpool. the gaps to add more far, and although they The hosts took an can still mathematically early four-goal lead with goals, while at the other end more good saves from be caught, few would some good fast breaks man of the match Guz bet against them lifting which forced Cambridge ensured Cambridge held the title once again. into an early time-out. out for the win. But they were given a Even when play Top scorer for tough time of it by resumed, Cambridge Cambridge with ten was Manchester, with the struggled to cope with Bart Zych, while David result in doubt until late Liverpool who led 14-10 Guehring and Fernandez both scored eight. Gier at the break. in the game. Hagna scored eight for Manchester were in Vital Saves Liverpool. front as half time With Manchester losing The two sides were approached, with only a to leaders Great Dane, couple of quickfire late goal for goal in the early Olympia took full goals from Great Dane stages of the second advantage when they beat edging them ahead 16- half. But some vital bottom of the table saves from Cambridge Manchester University 17 at the break. But as time went on keeper Dan Guz – 39-28, but they had to fight the London side took including two penalties hard to secure the points. Hunault top-scored with control, eventually – combined with some winning by seven goals. superb goals, turned a nine goals for Olympia, Torras top-scored with four-goal deficit into a while for Manchester University, Aden Woodall ten goals, while for three-goal lead. scored nine and Lorenz However, Liverpool Manchester Girost added eight, but it was not regrouped and battled scored seven. enough to avoid defeat. Meanwhile, back to close the deficit The play-offs resume Cambridge scored only to just one goal with after Easter at the Leyton minutes SCORE Centre in London their second victory of three remaining. the play-off campaign on April 19.

SHA seek Men's Coach THE Scottish Handball Association is looking for a men’s national team coach. The non-salaried position will have expenses paid, and applications should be sent to SHA chairman Stevie Neilson at stevie.neilson @scottishhandball.com. Initially the contract will be to the end of the EHF Challenge Trophy in October.

Action from Cambridge's Play-Off clash with Liverpool.

RESULTS, April 4-5 Men's English League Play-offs: Liverpool 29 Cambridge 33, Manchester University 28 Olympia 39, Manchester 29 Great Dane 36. Women's English Division One (South): Great Dane 18 Olympia 10, Ruislip Eagles 26 Thames 16. Men's Scottish Cup, round one: Liberton 11 Cumbernauld 33, Tryst 25 Gracemount 26. Men's English National League play-off table Name Great Dane Olympia Manchester Liverpool Cambridge

P 7 7 7 7 7 Manchester Uni 7

W 7 5 4 2 2 0

D 0 0 1 1 0 0

L 0 2 2 4 5 7

F 211 183 183 175 160 168

A 143 161 178 193 179 226

Diff Pts 68 14 22 10 5 9 -18 5 -19 4 -58 0

Women's English Div One (South)

Name P W D L F A Diff Pts Great Dane 7 5 2 0 157 97 60 12 Ruislip Eagles 6 5 1 0 152 85 67 11 Olympia 8 4 0 4 143 175 -32 8 Thames 7 1 1 5 109 138 -29 3 Oxford Univ 6 0 0 6 63 129 -66 0 Bart Zych on the attack for Cambridge. 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 www.englandhandball.com


HANDBALL NEWS Edition 68, April 8 2009 - page two

READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD Great Britain Men’s Under-21s are travelling to Holland this week to compete in the World Championship qualifying tournament in Emmen. The squad will play three games in three days as they bid for a place in the finals of the prestigious tournament in Egypt in August. After a successful training camp last month, the squad returned to Essen in Germany last week for final preparations, which saw them notch up some particularly good

performances against strong sides. Seven goals from Gawain Vincent proved a highlight as they took on Bundesliga side Essen in their final match before travelling to Holland. Despite losing 16-26, the game gave the team valuable match time and experience ahead of the weekend where they will face Hungary, Iceland and hosts Holland.

Sign up for Coaching Conference PLACES are still available on a handball coaching conference which will be addressed by some top coaches from Sweden and Denmark. The three-day event at the Greenbank Sports Academy in Liverpool has been arranged by England Handball

and runs from June 2628. For more details – and for an online booking form – please go online at englandhandball.com

Vincent’s seven goals underpinned a strong performance from the young side, while Chris Mohr – a first team Essen player in his day job – added three and Seb Edgar two. Stephan Bulmer had another good performance in goal with a 42 per cent save ratio. “It was a good performance and we were players did well and made well pleased,” said coach their claims for a starting Bill Baillie. “A lot of the spot in Holland. We’ve got about nine players that we know we will use, but the rest of the squad are also capable players.” Earlier in the week, the team had beaten Essen’s Under-20 side 36-24, with Vincent again being top scorer, alongside Edgar who also scored six. In an earlier training camp, GB Under-21s could only draw with Essen under-20s, so their victory last week shows a

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dramatic improvement and bodes well for the tournament. With a couple of days rest before their opening match of the World Championship qualifying tournament on Friday, Chris Mohr should have time to recover from a knee injury he picked up. And Chris McDermott – who played superbly in defence along with Robin Garnham – is carrying a back injury, but should also be back to full fitness in time for the weekend’s games.

Euan honoured TALENTED young handballer Euan McMurtie has been honoured for his sporting achievements at a top awards ceremony in Scotland. The youngster was just one of many sporting stars honoured at a special ceremony in East Kilbride. He was named as Junior Under-12 Performer of the Year for his achievements in

both handball and athletics. He was part of the team that won the league and cup double and was top scorer in the East Kilbride Primary Schools Handball League. And in athletics he won the under-13 discus title at the South Lanarkshire Athletics Open last year and won gold at the Scottish Age Group Championships.

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HANDBALL NEWS Edition 68, April 8 2009 - page three

GB SHORTLISTED FOR BA AWARD VOTE NOW to help GB Women win free flights to Tournament in Thailand THE GB Women’s Handball Team have made the shortlist of just eight entrants bidding for free flights from British Airways – and now they need YOU to vote for them! Hundreds of people left messages of support on the site which helped the team reach the last eight, and now the competition is in the voting stage.

GB Aces help save Asker ASKER Handball Club – which features several of the Great Britain women’s team – have staved off the threat of relegation after a dramatic weekend of matches in Norway. The team battled to avoid automatic relegation with a string of good results as the normal season drew to a close, and they won the play-offs in dramatic style last weekend to ensure they remain in the Second Division next season. Asker beat Baekkelaget II 33-23 on Friday, but then lost 25-29 to a strong Ull/Kisa side on Saturday before winning 29-27 against Holand. A final victory over Lunner, 36-34, saw them home. There had been strong performances from all the Asker players, but Cerys Walker was in superb form in goal, while Kelsi Fairbrother and Holly LamMoores also played well.

The competition judges who shortlisted the team said: “The Women's GB handball team made the shortlist by showing their strong desire to compete at the top level in their sport. “Despite the financial challenges they face the team want to perform to the best of their abilities at London 2012 and we hope the flights will help along

Marketing firm on the case INFLUENTIAL sports marketing agency Oaks Consultancy has been signed up by British Handball to find funding for the national sides.

“This is an exciting new relationship for British Handball,” said Paul Goodwin, Chief Executive Officer at the BHA. “British Handball needed a quality marketing organisation to develop its commercial value and Oaks bring professionalism and expertise to our organisation at a critical stage of the sport’s development.” Oaks’ Commercial Director Jo Coyne added: “Our challenge is to ensure that our British athletes see a return for the sacrifices they’re currently making, and we are tackling this with enthusiasm and passion.”

the way.” If they win, the whole team will get free flights to a crucial tournament in Thailand as they continue their preparations for the London Olympics in 2012. GB player Louise Jukes came up with the idea to enter the contest. Her application reads: “If we were to win the free flights it would mean that our team could travel to

Thailand to play in a tournament and compete with teams where we could learn a great deal. “The money that would have paid for the flights can then be used to buy us more hours with our coach and therefore have a massive impact on our progression as a team.”

Please log on to http://greatbritons. ba.com/users/1628 for more details and to vote for the Great Britain Handball Team!

Eagles and Danes set for titanic title showdown RUISLIP Eagles and Great Dane both remain unbeaten and on track for a dramatic winnertakes-all showdown on May 16 following victories in the Women’s English League last weekend. However, both sides face the remainder of the season with serious injury concerns to key players. Danes influential playmaker, Ann Kandler, missed the weekend match with the injury she sustained last time out and is having a scan to assess the damage, whilst Ruislip’s captain, Dani Sposi is out for at least four weeks with a broken ankle from the match against Thames. Newcomers Thames were goal for goal with

Ruislip for the first 20 minutes of their clash, but a switch to a 4-2 defence proved a turning point. Gaps started appearing and line players Solomon and Nagy scored crucial goals to give Ruislip a three-goal lead at half time.

Strong Defence The second half saw Ruislip’s strong defence keep Thames at bay and gradually the holders started to pull away as Thames’s small squad started to tire. Great Dane played Olympia without their top scorer and playmaker Ann Kandler, but were strengthened by the return of last year’s

joint player of the year Iris Manu, whose influence was obvious, especially with her feeds to the line players. It was another game of two halves, with Olympia contesting well in the first half, particularly as they had a newcomer to the game in goal. The second half however was all about the opening 15 minutes with Danes completely shutting out Olympia and pulling away with fast breaks, all converted and the line players exploiting the spaces. The Danes continued to dominate Olympia’s attack and restricted them to just four goals in the second half. Danes ran out 18-10 winners and remain top of the league, though Ruislip have a game in hand.

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