London University Teams compete at British Championships

London University Handball teams travel north to Manchester this weekend to compete in the 2012 British University Handball Championships.

Teams from across the country will do battle in the two-day event which takes place at Sugden Sports Centre, with some of the matches also being played at the nearby Energy Box and Belle Vue.

The event is being organised by the Association of British University Handball Clubs (ABUHC) which represents Handball in British Universities.

Saturday’s games begin at 9am and go right through to 6.30pm, while Sunday sees handball action from 9-5pm.

The teams are split into five male groups and four female groups, with group matches on Saturday and Sunday morning, before the knockout stages on Sunday.

Good luck to Imperial College and University College London in the championships.  Details of matches can be found here: http://www.abuhc.com/the-matches.html

 

THE WEEKEND’S HANDBALL FIXTURES IN LONDON – 12.2.2012

MEN’S DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE

11/02/12 Score Centre, Leyton
14.00 Newham Flames v UCL
16.00 Ruislip Eagles v Imperial

11/02/12 Bethnal Green Academy
16.00 London GD v Thames

 

MEN’S NATIONAL LEAGUE

12/02/12 Score Centre, Leyton
16.00 London GD v Ruislip Eagles HC

Denmark win Euro 2012, qualify for Olympics

Jan 29 (Reuters) – By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Denmark won the European Handball Championship final by beating hosts Serbia 21-19 on Sunday to clinch the only automatic berth for the 2012 London Olympics.

Serbia, who won their first handball medal as an independent nation, will join fifth-placed Macedonia in a qualifying tournament in April to decide additional places at the Games.

Bronze medal winners Croatia and fourth-placed Spain had earlier sealed spots in the Olympic qualifying tournament, on the basis of their placements in last year’s world championship.

Having lost two of their opening three games at Euro 2012, Denmark, who also won the title in 2008, stormed back with five wins in a row and always controlled a physical and low-scoring final in front of 20,000 passionate fans in the Belgrade Arena.

Their top performer Mikkel Hansen, who had struggled in the early stages of the 16-nation event, was unstoppable with nine goals from 13 shots and buried any hopes of a Serbian comeback in the dying seconds after a fast break.

It was sweet revenge for Denmark, who lost to Serbia in the preliminary group stage of the competition and stood only a slim chance of progressing to the medal rounds after carrying zero points to the second phase of the two-week tournament.

“We gave everything we had but we were emotionally and physically drained after the semi-final win over Croatia and we had little left in the tank for today’s match,” Serbia’s right back Marko Vujin told a news conference.

“Full credit to Denmark, we were beaten by the best team in the world who also have the best player in the world in Hansen,” said Serbia’s coach Veselin Vukovic.

His Denmark opposite number Ulrik Wilbek added: “It was a tough tactical battle and our strong defence made all the difference, along with the fantastic Hansen of course. Serbia can be very proud of their achievement.”

The Serbian team thus fell short of giving the country a treble celebration on Sunday after world number one Novak Djokovic retained his Australian Open tennis title and the men’s water polo team won the European Championship in Netherlands.

Earlier on Sunday, Croatia won the bronze medal with a 31-27 win over Spain thanks to seven goals from left back Blazenko Lackovic and six by pivot Igor Vori. (Editing by Ken Ferris; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

Watch Serbia v Denmark in Euro handball final

Hosts Serbia reached their first European handball championship final as an independent nation after an absorbing 26-22 win over bitter Balkan rivals Croatia in a charged atmosphere on Friday.

They will face Denmark in Sunday’s final after the Scandinavians edged Spain 25-24, having recovered from a poor start to the tournament in which they lost two of three preliminary group stage games.

The Balkan derby was played amid tight security, with thousands of riot police deployed in and around the Belgrade Arena to prevent crowd trouble which marred the 16-nation tournament earlier this week in the northern city of Novi Sad.

Croatian fans were attacked by Serbian hooligans on motorways and petrol stations as they made their way back to Croatia after the games with Spain and France.

Dozens of cars with Croatian number plates were smashed and had their tyres punctured in parking lots around the SPENS Arena in Novi Sad, where Croatia played their second group stage matches supported by 5,000 of their fans who made daily trips.

Serbian police had arrested the perpetrators of the attacks and on Friday they escorted some 200 Croatian fans all the way from the border into the Belgrade Arena.

On the court, Serbia produced an effervescent second-half performance as goalkeeper Darko Stanic pulled off a string of superb saves while captain Momir Ilic rifled in eight goals from 12 shots, including four penalties.

“What we saw today was victory of handball because these two teams from the former Yugoslavia showed an abundance of talent and I wish the Croatian team the best of luck in their third-place match against Spain,” Ilic told a news conference.

“I relished the prospect of playing against Croatia in the semi-finals not because I wanted an emotionally charged clash, but because we play the kindred entertaining handball we all thrive in,” he said.

Denmark, who won Euro 2008 and finished second in last year’s world championship, overcame three-times runners up Spain in a dramatic finish after the lead had changed hands several times.

The Danes trailed 7-3 early on and then led 17-13 midway through the second half before their key player Mikkel Hansen unleashed a fierce shot which found the back of the net with 40 second left on the clock.

Macedonia registered their best result in a major event when they pipped Slovenia 28-27 in the fifth-place playoff and snatched an Olympic qualifying berth.

The winners of EHF EURO 2012 will qualify for the 2012 games in London automatically while Macedonia and one other team will take part in qualifying tournaments to be held in April.

 Reuters

The match will be broadcast live via the European Handball Federation’s YouTube page, the tournament marks a great opportunity for handball fans in the UK  to witness the sport at its very best

Get Sportivated in 2012 – Top quality handball coaching in Tower Hamlets

Top quality handball coaching in Tower Hamlets is available at a newly created sports club. 

London GD Handball Club 2011 English Cup Champions are supplying teaching and coaching at Bethnal Green Academy 2.00 – 3.30pm on Saturday’s in a new initiative to help develop handball in London.

Bethnal Green Academy offers a superb environment for handball coaching benefitting as it does from a close to full size court which is rare in England at this moment.  The sessions cost £1 and are open to boys and girls aged 9 – 16 years.

London GD made history at the beginning of this season being the first British club ever to win through to the third round of the European Handball Federation’s Challenge Cup competition in a tournament in Malta following their success in the English National Cup competition last season.

New and experienced players are welcomed by the Bethnal Green Academy Sports Club, Gosset Street, E2 6NW.  Further details from Ewa Gorska 020 7920 7937 6.00 – 10.00pm Monday to Friday.

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