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Issue 103 January 13 2010

GB MEN READY FOR WAR OF THE WORLDS AFTER a tough and intensive couple of weeks, the Great Britain Men’s Handball Team head to Finland this week for the World Championship qualifying tournament. The team played 10 games in 15 days over Christmas and the New Year, and despite some encouraging performances they are still looking for that elusive first victory. Four matches against top club sides in the Limburgse Handball Tournament in Holland was followed by three matches against international opposition in the Yellow Cup in Switzerland, and then another three matches – again playing other nations – in the Marrane Cup in France last week. It gave Head Coach Dragan Djukic and his coaching team chance to see their squad in action and pick the in-form players for the trip to Finland.

But with injury worries over captain Ciaran Williams (foot) and in-form Gawain Vincent (hand), as well as knee niggles to John Pearce and Mark Hawkins, some of the decisions may be made for him. All Great Britain’s games take place at the Energie Areena in Vantaa near Helsinki, and the campaign begins with a clash against Romania on Friday afternoon (1530 GMT). The following day they take on Bosnia Herzegovina at the same time, and then finish their fixtures on Sunday with a match against the hosts Finland at 1230 GMT.

Under-21 ace Gawain Vincent has fought his way into contention. Photo: Roe l Custers Sittard.

The top team from each group will go forward to a series of play-off matches in June to decide who will join the best teams in the world at the finals in Sweden in January 2011.

Vantaa Factfile

GB coaching team, Rolf Dobler, Dragan Djukic and Bill Baillie. Pic: FOTO Wagner.

THE fabulous new-look British Handball website was launched this week, but you may need to alter the address in your browser. Please make sure yo go to BritishHandball.com to get the latest news, views, blogs and pictures from the Great Britain handball teams.

VANTAA is a city near Helsinki, with a population of almost 200,000 which is the fourth highest population in Finland. It boasts the country’s biggest airport, and is the birthplace of two-time Formula One champion racing driver Mika Hakkinen. Other attractions which make Vantaa popular with tourists include the Heureka Science Centre, as well as the city museum which is next to the current railway station but housed in the old station building.

The museum is the oldest surviving railway building in Finland, and was designed by Carl Albert Edelfelt and completed 149 years ago. It stages various exhibitions throughout the year on local history of the area, which is a mix of Finnish and Swedish speakers. The Energie Areena, where Great Britain Men will be playing their matches, is a 3,500-capacity Arena which was built in 2007 and boasts modern facilities.

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Issue 103 January 13 2010

LEADERS GRACEMOUNT SURVIVE BATTLE OF CUMBERNAULD TEN goals each from Allan Stokes, Mounir Iddir and Robert Schotten helped Gracemount secure a 38-30 victory over Cumbernauld and stay top of the Scottish League table as matches resumed after the Festive period. The four-week break has done little to take the edge of the players fitness, and the teams looked hungry for points when they took to the court for the twomatch programme on Saturday. Gracemount remain undefeated after their victory over Cumbernauld. They began the game very strongly and led 5-0, and although Gracemount hit back shortly they were always behind by three or four goals.

As the match went on tired legs helped them extend that lead to six with 15 minutes remaining, and they eventually won by eight in a high-scoring and entertaining clash. Former GB player Gary McCafferty claimed nine goals for Gracemount, while his team-mate Alan Govan netted seven times. In the first match of the afternoon Glasgow overwhelmed EK82 by 4029, despite being shorthanded for the clash.

A lot of their starting players were unavailable – including their first choice goalkeeper – but they managed to get together eight players for the match. East Kilbride, meanwhile, fielded a young and enthusiastic team who managed to keep the margin of defeat to a respectable level. Danos Sagias top-scored for Glasgow with 12, while Christoph Boettger added ten. For EK82, Mick Lavery was their best with eight goals.

Men’s Scottish League

Results, January 9 2010 Men’s Scottish League: Glasgow 40 EK82 22, Gracemount 38 Cumbernauld 30. No Game: Liberton.

Fixtures, January 17 2010 Men’s English League (South) (Moulton, Northampton): Thames v Cambridge, Ruislip Eagles v Olympia. No Game: Great Dane. Men’s English League (North) (Bellevue, Manchester): Manchester v Liverpool Speke Garston, Liverpool v Nottingham University, Manchester University v Salford. No Game: Wirral.

Coaching Seminar A COACHING seminar is being staged in Scotland later this month as plans to boost the popularity of handball north of the border continue. Organised by the Scottish Handball Association as well as the European Handball Federation, the event will be held on January 30-31 at Inverclyde Sports Centre. Day one begins at 11am, and will cover topics such as youth handball. Day two begins at 10am and will cover the 6:0 defensive formation and how to attack against a 6:0 defence. Meals and accommodation are available – for more details and prices contact info@scottishhandball.com

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Gracemount

6

6

0

0

266

138

88

12

Cumbernauld

6

5

0

1

192

141

51

10

Glasgow

6

4

0

2

193

172

21

8

Liberton

6

3

0

3

142

153

-11

6

Tryst 77

6

2

0

4

141

135

6

4

Ayr

6

1

0

5

115

164

-49

2

EK 82

6

0

0

6

145

251

-106

0

Men’s English Lge (South)

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Great Dane

5

4

1

0

137

94

43

9

Cambridge

4

3

1

0

95

75

20

7

Olympia

4

2

0

2

73

87

-14

4

Ruislip Eagles

4

1

0

3

71

92

-21

2

Thames

5

0

0

5

90

118

-28

0

Men’s English Lge (North)

P

W

D

L

F

A

Diff

Pts

Manchester

8

7

0

1

251

178

73

14

Liverpool

8

5

0

3

204

187

17

10

Nottingham University

7

5

0

2

175

161

14

10

Liverpool Speke Garston

7

3

0

4

185

172

13

6

Salford

5

3

0

2

143

143

0

6

Manchester University

6

1

0

5

106

156

-50

2

Wirral

7

0

0

7

133

200

-67

0

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