This Saturday 3rd March county teams from the North and South of England will play each other in intensive Handball competition at the Bethnal Green Academy, Tower Hamlets.

Teams from Cheshire,  Merseyside, Bedfordshire and East London will compete against each other before teams from the North and South of England face each other in a full length match.  The action starts at the excellent Bethnal Green Academy facility, which has seating for 200 spectators at 12.15 East London v Bedfordshire and the last match North v South begins at 3.30pm.


This weekend the stakes are raised in the Men’s National Handball League when London teams face each other in the first play-offs weekend in the South of England area.  In both the first and second divisions crossover matches are taking place at Score Centre Leyton to decide the teams that will go forward to the final stages of the league.

Matches start at 12.00pm London GD v Newham Flames H.C., 2:00pm Thames H.C v University College London, 4.00pm  Imperial College v Ruislip Eagles H.C.

Tomorrow Sunday 26th February London G.D. 12.00pm and Ruislip Eagles H.C. 2.00pm are in action at Score Centre again.

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




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



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)

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