Sally Gunnell takes the “Handball Challenge”

Handball was part of the ‘John Lewis Partnership and Gold Challenge’ event in Cavendish Square London on Saturday 9th July.  The event was an opportunity for Olympic Sports, John Lewis and Gold Challenge to engage passing families in their activities.

Sally Gunnell OBE ambassador of the John Lewis “Partners in Sport programme” took the “Handball Challenge” at the event and soon showed the skills that made her the greatest female athlete this country has ever produced as the only woman in history to have ever concurrently held all four major championship – Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European gold medals and the World record.

Every corner of Cavendish Square behind the John Lewis shop was taken up by activities and the day was a great success for all involved with many children and adults taking part in the Handball challenge, learning passing, shooting and how to play games.

Thanks to Sally and Chris Park, England Handball’s West London Development Officer for delivering a great “Handball Challenge.”


Greenwich and Bexley win 2011 Balfour Beatty London Youth Games Competition

GREENWICH boys and Bexley girls were crowned the winners of the popular handball tournament at the Balfour Beatty London Youth Games staged at Crystal Palace recently.

Competing in handball at the London Youth Games for the first time, Greenwich beat 2010 winners Sutton 6-2 in the boys’ final.

Meanwhile Bexley, who were also playing in their first handball competition at the Games, claimed the girls’ title with a 2-0 victory over
Barking and Dagenham.

After topping Group 2 in the boys’ event with four wins out of four, Greenwich skipped past Redbridge 4-3 in the semis before
claiming the gold.

Paul Walsh, Greenwich boys’ team manager, said: “I feel ecstatic; it’s an absolutely brilliant feeling. The lads came here and
they’ve barely played a handball match before but they just got better and better.

“I have to credit the organisers, really well run and it’s been a great day for our boys. You can see that everyone is very sporting after the
games; everyone is shaking hands with the other teams, officials and all that’s great for the sport, and it’s great for our lads.”

Bexley topped the girls’ group with three wins from three before defeating Barking and Dagenham, who they beat 5-0 in the group stages, in the final. They ended the tournament without conceding a single goal.

Louise Presney, Bexley girls’ team manager, said: “After the first couple of games we did see ourselves going through to the final, but this is our first tournament.

“We have not played here before and we weren’t quite sure what it was going to be like until we got here, so it has surpassed our expectations.

“What we have brought here are a load of footballers and netball players and that combination has worked. But it’s a surprise for the girls to win because it was the first competition for them and some were not sure about playing.”

In the third-fourth place playoffs, Tower Hamlets girls won 2-1 against Camden while
Haringey boys’ edged past Redbridge 4-3 to take bronze.

Thames Women win LHA London Cup

THAMES Handball Club women won the pre-season LHA London Cup competition after a thrilling series of matches at Leyton SCORE Centre on Saturday 24th September.

The cup was hotly contested between Thames H.C., Olympia H.C. and London G.D. as the teams warmed up for national and European competitions.

Thames played Olympia in their first match and led by 2-3 goals for the majority of the match until with minutes to spare, Olympia managed to level the score and edge ahead to win 14-13.

Thames’ second game against London GD turned out to be the deciding clash as their opponents had comfortably beaten Olympia 18 – 13. With new signings in each team some nervousness was evident although both teams created clear chances.

In the end it was Thames who managed to control the match better with Nikoletta Papp scoring from the back court over London GD’s defence and Maria Kourdoulos hitting the net from the wing three times.  Live Kolstad Kvalsvik was top scorer for Thames with five goals, followed by Maria Kourdoulos and Asta Slezeviciene scoring three each.

Congratulations to Thames H.C. who won the LHA Cup on goal difference to become champions for the first time since 2009.  Thanks to the referees and officials without whom the event could not have taken place and to the teams and supporters who contributed to making the event a success.

Results: Thames 13 Olympia 14, London GD 18 Olympia 13, Thames 13 London GD 9.

London Schools Achieve National Success

Handball teams from London schools enjoyed unprecedented success at the U13 National Schools Championships held in Wolverhampton in June.

Harris Boy’s Academy, East Dulwich and Woolwich Polytechnic School travelled to Wolverhampton to play the final stages of the competition having won through the South of England Tournament.

Both teams performed to a very high standard in the national finals and extra time had to be played between the London teams in the final match to decide the winners of the national title.

In the end it was Harris Academy that ran out winners 9-7 and the team was congratulated by Mike Briers Chairman of England Handball Association on their outstanding achievement and also for the style in which they played.

In addition to the trophy the winning team were presented with tickets to attend the Test event for the London 2012 Handball competition which will take place at the Handball arena in the Olympic Park in November.

London Clubs Excel in National Finals

2011 Men’s National League Champions

Champions: Great Dane H.C.

Runners Up: Ruislip Eagles H.C.

2011 Ladies National League Champions

Champions: Ruislip Eagles H.C.

2011 Men’s National Cup Winners

Winners: Great Dane H.C.

Runners up: Ruislip Eagles H.C.

2011 Women’s National Cup Winners

Winners: Ruislip Eagles H.C.

Runners up:  Olympia H.C.

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