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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Busy Festive Period for GB Handball Teams

BOTH the Great Britain men’s and women’s squads are preparing for a busy Christmas and New Year period of match action across Europe.

The women’s squad will gather in London on December 13-15 for a training camp in preparation for the Stadtwerk Cup in Switzerland from Dec 19-20, where they will face some tough club oppositions.

And the men’s squad travel to Holland on December 26 for the Limburgse Handbal Dagan Tournament, where they will also face top club teams over three days.

The men’s fixtures will play a big part in preparations for the World Championship qualification tournament in Finland in January, where they have been placed in a group alongside the hosts as well as Bosnia and Romania.

Prior to the 15-strong women’s squad travelling to Switzerland, they will tour the 2012 Olympic site in London and be guests of the British Olympic Association for several presentations and meetings designed to help them prepare for being Olympic athletes.

After arriving in Switzerland, the women’s first match of the Stadtwerk Cup will be on December 19, when they will play German outfit Goppingen at noon, before taking on Swiss team Bruhl at 3pm and then French team Dijon at 8.15pm that evening.

The tough schedule then sees GB women take on Zalec from Slovenia at noon on Dec 20, before tackling another German team, Sindelfingen, at 2pm with a placement match to follow later that day depending on results.

GB Men’s schedule sees them take on K-Sports in their opening game of the Limburgse Handbal Dagan 2009 on December 27 at 1pm, before they play Vos Investments/Lions at 9pm.

The following day they take on Polva Serviti at 2pm, and may then take part in the semi finals the same day before the placement matches on December 29.

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