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HANDBALL NEWS English edition 18, February 5 2008

TOP TWO READY FOR BIG CLASH Eagles RUISLIP warmed up for their toptwo clash with Great Dane this weekend when they beat Oxford University 31-19 in the Women’s National Division One at Leyton on Sunday. Top of the table with four wins from four games, the Eagles will already have one eye on the end of season competition, although the southern title will be decided this Sunday when they play Great second-placed Dane. Last weekend’s clash

with Oxford was ultimately decided by injuries, with both sides suffering one. Ruislip started strongly and quickly raced into a four-goal lead before Oxford's Eriksen was given an early straight red card for a dangerous pull on the arm of winger Kowalska. The result was that Ruislip pulled further ahead and went 7-0 up with a goal by Lenka Kocisova. However, she landed badly and played no further part in the game. The injury unsettled Ruislip and they lost their way, allowing a resurgent

Oxford back into the game. The University team scored four goals without reply and remained no more than four goals behind until half time. However, just before the break they too suffered an injury to their right back, who also could not continue. That left them with just six players, and enabled Ruislip to pull away to victory. The Eagles’ playmaker Telek was just too much to handle for Oxford, and she capped a fine performance with 11 goals and the players of the match award.

Northern round-up BOLTON boosted their hopes of clinching a spot in the playoffs with a 36-21 win over bottom of the table Liverpool Speke Garston in the Men’s National Division One (North) clash at Bellevue, Manchester, on Sunday. The victory means they Cambridge half Lionel Gousset shoots over the central only need to secure one more Olympia defence, as captain David Guehring blocks. point - or hope Liverpool lose to Manchester this weekend to cement their spot in the top three. With just ten minutes gone, Speke were ahead by seven OXFORD University will counting towards their play- goals to three, but Bolton hit back with four goals in a row be aiming to give an early off ambitions. to level the match, and pulled Oxford scored a 28-17 boost to their play-off away steadily. However, the campaign this Sunday win over strugglers man of the match award went when they tackle unbeaten Southampton last to Speke goalkeeper Paul leaders Great Dane in weekend, while in other Langton, who made several their latest Men’s National action Cambridge beat good saves. Meanwhile, Manchester Division One (South) clash Olympia 23-20 in a hotlyat Leyton on Sunday. contested match, which University all but sealed the With the three teams put an end to Olympia’s Northern title when they held going through to the end of hopes of scraping into the city rivals Manchester to a 2323 draw. season play-offs already play-offs. And in the third northern decided, third-placed And Great Dane match, Wirral edged a 27-24 Oxford will want to beat maintained their unbeaten victory over fellow strugglers Great Dane, with the run with a 30-20 win over Haslingden to ensure they do regular season results Nottingham University. not finish bottom of the table.

Oxford Uni aim for play-off boost

RESULTS, February 2-3 Men's Div One (North): Bolton 36 Liverpool SG 21, Manchester 23 Manchester U 23, Wirral 27 Haslingden 24. Men's Div One (South): Cambridge 23 Olympia 20, Great Dane 30 Nottingham 20, Oxford 28 Southampton 17. Women's Div One (South): Oxford 19 Ruislip 31. Women's Div One (North): Haslingden 21 Liverpool 11.

FIXTURES, February 9 Women's Division One South (Leyton): Ruislip Eagles v Great Dane. Postponed: Squirrels v Oxford University.

FIXTURES, February 10 Women's Div One North (Turf Moor): Postponed: Liverpool v Tryst. Men's Division One South (Leyton): Great Dane v Oxford, Southampton v Olympia, Nottingham v Ruislip. Men's National Division One North (Greenbank): Bolton v Manchester Univ, Liverpool v Manchester, Haslingden v Liverpool SG.

Women's National Lge Division One (South) TEAM P W L D F A Diff Pt Ruislip Eagles 5 5 0 0 123 73 50 10 Great Dane 3 2 1 0 58 40 18 4 Squirrels 4 1 3 0 65 91 -26 2 Oxford Univ 4 0 4 0 55 97 -42 0 Women's National Lge Division One (North) TEAM P W L D F A Diff Pt Manchester U 4 4 0 0 80 49 31 8 Haslingden 5 3 2 0 103 99 4 6 Tryst 2 1 1 0 49 53 -4 2 Wirral 3 1 2 0 18 32 -14 2 Liverpool 6 1 5 0 84 101 -17 2 Men's National Lge Division One (North) TEAM P W L D F A Diff Manchester U 11 10 0 1 310 197 113 Manchester 11 9 1 1 305 250 55 Bolton 10 6 3 1 324 293 31 Liverpool 11 5 5 1 281 263 18 Wirral 12 3 9 0 243 302 -59 Haslingden 10 2 8 0 228 268 -40 Liverpool SG 11 1 10 0 181 302 -121

Pt 21 19 13 11 6 4 2

Men's National Lge Division One (South) TEAM P W L D F A Diff Great Dane 10 10 0 0 244 147 97 Cambridge 11 8 3 0 332 274 58 Oxford Univ 10 7 2 1 286 240 46 Olympia 11 6 5 0 269 258 11 Ruislip 10 2 6 2 257 297 -40 Southampton 11 1 9 1 237 298 -61 Nottingham U 11 1 10 0 219 330 -111

Pt 20 16 15 12 6 3 2

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