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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Commonwealth Handball Meeting in London

Representatives of a number of Commonwealth handball federations met in London this weekend. Items on the agenda included a Commonwealth competition for Men and Women and a youth competition for U17 boys and girls. The members also discussed how to get the sport, already recognised by the Commonwealth Games Federation, actually onto the programme of the Commonwealth Games. It was recognised that a primary function of the CHA and where it could be most effective is by influencing International Handball policy and elections. There are over 50 Commonwealth nations affiliated to the International Handball Federation and this would make the CHA a powerful block.
Pictured some of the delegates from India, England, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Pakistan and Cyprus.

10 things to do during Euro 2008 according to the BBC

So the good old Beeb have noted that there is more to life than football!

London Women battle it out at Leyton

Saturday the 17th November saw some of the best womens handball action this season at Leyton, London.

Squirrels 25 - 20 Oxford Uni

The day started with a match between Squirrels with only 6 players available, against Oxford Uni. Despite the lack of players Squirrels were able to convincingly beat the Uni team. The woman of the match was Olimpia Lopesde of Squirrels who scored 5 goals who in the heat of the action picked up a red card.
Great Dane 18 - 20 Ruislip Eagles

The second match between the champions Great Danes and last years runners up Ruislip Eagles. This match lived up to expectation and was hard fought throughout. Ruislip were without top scorer Danni Sposi and to compound their problems, Danes top scorer Iris Manu passed a late fitness test to get into the team. Danes started the better and quickly pulled away into a 5 - 1 lead, with Manu already in her stride with 3 quick goals. Ruislip were slow to get into an attacking flow and as usual found goal keeper Carlota Berruezo in dominant form. After 10 minutes though Ruilsip began to ease their way into the game with Kocisova and Telej finding ways through a solid danes defence. With less than a minute of the first half remaining, Erika Recska scored a fine solo goal to ensure Ruilsip went in at half time only trailing by one goal.

The second half was goal for goal but Ruislip just started to move ahead following 2 two minutes for danes. Manu however kept a cool head to convert several penalties and scored 7 goals in a row for danes and the teams drew level. Ruislip edged ahead 19 - 18 only to have Kocisova red carded and Soloman also off for two minutes after dissent from the Ruislip bench. With three minutes remaining Danes tried to find a way past the 4 court players of Ruislip but they held out and even scored through Recska. Ruislip managed another goal to spark joyful celebrations at the end as Ruislip won 20 - 18.

Iris Manu was voted player of the match with a 10 goal haul for Danes. Recska top scored for Ruislip with 6. There is no doubt however that Danes will be fighting back and this season looks like being an extremely close fought competition.

Mel Chowns


Sunday, November 18, 2007

Commonwealth Handball Association members meet in London

The CHA executive will meet in London on Friday 23rd November. On
Saturday 24th they will be joined by representatives from other
Commonwealth Handball Federations including Nigeria, India, Pakistan,
Cyprus,Zambia, Scotland and England.

Champions League at Lions Bar

19:30 Thursday 22nd November

Eurosport 2

Lubin v SG Flensburg Handewitt

EHF Champions League

Lions Bar, Kensingtonclose Hotel
Wrights Lane, Kensington High Street

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Ashford Junior Club off to a flying start

Ashford Tanners now has a Junior section based at the Norton Knatchbull School in the town. Eighteen under 16 boys attended the first training session held on 15th November. Junior coach Mark Goodwin said ' this is a good turnout for the first week and from the feed back I am expecting to exceed this number in future weeks'. Some of the boys played in friendlies last year and also in the Weymouth beach handball championships, where they gave a good account of themselves.

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Massive fire at Olympic handball site

Up to 100 firefighters were called to the scene in Stratford - site of the proposed handball arena for 2012 - when a huge cloud began rising hundreds of feet over the city travelling south, covering the entire Docklands skyline. Evening Standard