British Beach Handball Championships 2019

Once again our ladies (Honeybaders) and gents (Wolverines) took to the sand for the annual British Beach Handball Championships in Poole. 

Outfitted in beautiful new custom kits, the Wolverines had a mixed set of result on the first day – starting with a victory against Chelsea, but losing against Liverpool and the dutch junior team. This placed then 3rd in their group and set them up for a meeting with Essex Hurricanes in the quarterfinals of the cup competition on Sunday. In an exciting match the boys lost the first half only to win the second and set up for a penalty shoot out. Here, Lukas could prove that he is not only good at saving balls, but could put a 360 past the opponent’s goal keeper and secured Cambridge the semifinal progression.

The match against TSV Struhl was highly contested match again went down to a penalty shoot out, and unfortunately this time the Wolverines did not manage to secure the win, missing out on the plate final and a chance for silver-ware.

The Honeybadgers started the tournament with a tough match against West London Eagles and had to concede a straight 0-2 defeat, but improved on this performance against the host team Poole Phoenix in the next match, just narrowly losing out on an overall win, after winning one half and losing another by only 2 points. Unfortunately the penalty shoot out proved not to be the strong point of the team which meant that Poole could record a 2-1 victory. However, in the final match against Bristol, the Honeybadgers had finally found their style and won with a convincing 2-0 points. As Bristol beat pool in the remaining match, Cambridge still made it to 2nd place in the group which qualified the ladies for quarterfinals of the cup competition on Sunday.

The match against Chelsea proved to be very difficult, but after losing the first half, Cambridge battled hard in the 2nd and managed to secure the victory there. The dreaded penalty shoot out went down to the wire again, but Cambridge came out on top this time, proceeding to the seminfinals of the cup.

Here, the Honeybadgers met London GD, the most experienced ladies team of the tournament and ultimate winners. Despite the clear difference in experience, Cambridge put on a defiant display, scoring en par with GD, albeit mostly single point goals while GD succeeded with 2 point trick goals. As expected, this match went in favour of London GD, but the girls can be proud of themselves after a respectable showing.

Overall, we had a great weekend in Poole, with lots of great handball, sea, sand and fun we’ll be sure to return next year!

Special mention to our Juniors who made  great contributions in both men’s and women’s teams and Pierre for continuing to represent Cambridge despite moving to Paris