HANDBALL NEWS English edition 4, October 9 2007
OXFORD START TITLE DEFENCE WITH VICTORY OVER OLYMPIA SOUTH region champions Oxford University began their defence of the title with a 30-24 victory over Olympia at Leyton on Sunday, but only after a physical encounter between the two rival teams. Both sides brought 14man squads for a clash which pitted the size and strength of Olympia against the speed and agility of Oxford. It was Oxford who had the best of the opening exchanges, pulling away into an early 8-3 lead after exploiting poor marking in the left side of the Olympia defence. But a series of substitutions left them unbalanced and allowed Olympia back to just 8-7 down with a series of breakaway attacks. The two sides remained evenly matched until the
Liverpool too strong for rivals Speke Garston
break, with Olympia edging ahead 13-12 despite having goalkeeper Beres disqualified for dissent. Oxford regrouped in the second half and edged ahead, and althoughOlympia fought back from 21-18 to 2120 with 12 minutes remaining, this was to be the closest they came as Oxford pulled away to victory. A penalty miss at 26-22 down with four minutes remaining effectively sealed Olympia's fate, and even with Santos disqualified for a high tackle Oxford were not about to let victory slip from Bolton's their grasp and they held on against to win 30-24.
RESULTS - Sunday, October 6
North Bolton 26-34 Manchester Speke 9-28 Liverpool Wirral 12-26 Manchester Univ
South Cambridge 33-25 Ruislip Eagles Oxford Univ 30-24 Olympia
FIXTURES - Saturday, October 13 Women's Lge South (Leyton, London) - Ruislip Eagles v Squirrels.
FIXTURES - Sunday, October 14 Men's Lge North (Turf Moor, Burnley) - Manchester v Liverpool, Manchester Univ v Bolton, Speke v Haslingden. Men's Lge South (Leyton, London) - Great Dane v Ruislip, Oxford Univ v Cambridge. Women's Lge North (Greenbank, Liverpool) Liverpool v Wirral, Tryst v Bolton.
LIVERPOOL inflicted a 28-9 defeat on Merseyside rivals Liverpool Speke Garston, but the match was closer than the scoreline suggests with their opponents putting together some good periods of play.
It was the first Division One game between the two sides for several years, and although the more established team won through in the end they were made to work hard by an improving Liverpool SG outfit. Liverpool SG launched wave after wave of purposeful attacks, but Kristian Marsh in action found it difficult to penetrate a well Manchester on Sunday. organised Liverpool defence, which was backed up by some athletic shotPic: Shaun Criscuolo. stopping by goalkeeper Stuart Clark. Some clinical shooting - by Sean Feary in particular - helped Liverpool to a 19-8 half time lead, and they continued to raise their game after SEVEN goals from and Cambridge came play resumed.
New boy Kraus helps Cambridge seal win
debutant Helmut Kraus helped Cambridge seal a 33-25 victory over Ruislip Eagles on Sunday. Kraus was named man of the match for his contribution, but it took a real team effort from Cambridge to overcome the challenge of a determined Ruislip outfit, who were only 16-13 behind at the break. After a good opening period gave Cambridge a two goal lead their handling and shot selection let them down and Ruislip battled back well to lead 7-6. But a time-out let them regain their composure,
back strongly. With five of the first seven goals to his name, Kraus added further to his tally as Cambridge scored nine unanswered goals. Ruislipâ€™s frustration continued as, with Rui Pires looking solid in the Cambridge net, they lost captain David Sedlacek with a bloody nose and the score reached 15-7. When Sedlacek returned they clawed back to 16-13 at the break, but Cambridge netted four times shortly after the restart, and from then on their lead was never less than six goals.
The scoreboard ticked over with goal after goal from Liverpool, and although Liverpool SG continued to create chances they failed to convert enough of them and could not catch their rivals.
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