Fixtures for next season!

The summer break is nearly over, and fixtures for next season are released – not all of them have exact dates and venues yet, but the weekends are set for all.

Whenever you see 12:12 as time, it is possible that the match is either day of that weekend and throw off time still to be determined.

 

Here you find the

1st Men’s fixtures:

Women’s fixtures:

2nd Men’s fixtures:

U19 girls team:

U19 boys team:

U16 girls team:

U16 boys team:

U14 girls team:

Summer training schedule

Please note that for the summer we are not running any junior training sessions, and only Thursday adult training sessions. Players 16 years and over are welcome to join the Thursday sessions throughout the summer. 

Full training schedule will resume on Monday 10th of September with U19 training from 6.30-8pm at Trumpington, followed by adult training 8-10pm, and Wednesday 12th of September U16 training at Chesterton 6-7pm and adult development training 7-8pm. Enjoy the summer break!

Changes to training times

Due to Bank Holidays and school exams there are some changes to trainings in the upcoming week. Please check on the app before attending a training!

Chesterton is not available between the 14-25th of May and 4th to 22nd of June, so we will only have Wednesday (junior and adult) and Thursday (adult) trainings on the 30th and 31st there respectively. 

We have managed to secure Trumpington as a training venue for Thursday 17th (8-10pm) and 24th (9-10pm) so far, and will keep you posted on other alternatives.

Note that with the exception of 28th of May which is bank holiday and therefore no training, we will have normal U19 and adult trainings at Trumpington on Mondays.

 

League season over – summer fun to begin

The regular league season is over for all of our teams.

Our men’s 1st team finished 5th in the Premier league, a result that reflects the mixed performances throughout the year, where we lost matches by 1 goal to the winner of the league and drew against the 7th placed on other days. More consistency will allow us to finish better next year.

Unfortunately with just two wins this season, our women’s team finished last in the Premier league and therefore is getting relegated to the regional league next season. Rebuilding with a strong intake from our junior section, we will try to have a more positive season next year.

Our 2nd men’s team finished 2nd in the East Regional league A and is going to play in a final 4 tournament next weekend against the top two teams from the East Regional League 1 to determine their final ranking.

 

In the junior section, we had both boys and girls compete in U16 competitions, and while we did not record many victories, it gave our young players the chance to compete against their own age group. 

In the U19 leagues, our girls qualified to the 1st southern division and recorded several wins in that league as well (i.e. against Olympia), while our boys team only played in the 2nd southern division due to weaker performances early on, but then dominated that league and won it by beating all opponents.

Overall, it was a busy year for the club and now we are looking forward to the off season.

We have several summer activities coming up.

On the 19th of May our 2nd men’s team plays in the aforementioned final 4 tournament in Leyton, taking on London GD at 12.30pm in the first match and depending on the outcome will compete for the 3rd or 1st place later in the day.

On the 14th of July the Cambridge Handball Club will be at the Big Weekend in Parker’s Piece in Cambridge for trial sessions and to show what handball is all about.

On the first weekend of August (4-7th) we will take part in the British Beach Handball Competition in Poole, having fun in the sand.

End of August/early September we are planning a training camp abroad again.

 

Trainings are continuing throughout the summer, but please watch out for occasional changes to dates and venues.

Busy weekend ahead

We are now well into our season with all our teams, and next weekend is again going to be busy, this time with our U16 boys and girls playing in London on Saturday, our Men’s 1st team playing in Manchester against Warrington Wolves in the Premier league, and our women’s team taking on London Angels on Sunday in London in the Premier league.

 

Fixture updates

We have received much of our fixture lists for the upcoming season and the website is starting to display these. Please click through it to find the upcoming matches.

We will have 7 teams competing next season! 

1st men’s in the Premier league, EHA Cup and EHF Challenge Cup

1st women’s in the Premier league and EHA Cup

2nd men’s in the South East Regional League 1

U19 boys and girls in the National League 

U16 boys and girls in the National League

 

All of the fixtures are listed here, or under the respective team tabs.

As always, we are always open to new players, but keep in mind we are an amateur club! You pay us to play, not vice versa 🙂 We are looking forward to an exciting season.

 

British Beach Handball Championships 2017

The British Beach Handball Championships 2017 were a great success as usual! This season Cambridge entered 3 teams: 2x Cambridge Wolverines to compete in the male competition, and 1x Cambridge Honeybadgers to play in the women’s competition.

Arriving Friday night to play in some exhibition matches under the floodlight helped all teams to gain some experience in the sand before action started on the next day.

All teams had a great Saturday, going through to the Cup on the Sunday. Unfortunately Wolverines I lost their quarterfinal against a german team in the morning, which prevented an all Cambridge semifinal, but Wolverines II took revenge when they knocked out the Germans in the semifinal, reaching the final of the BBHC for the first time in the club’s history. The final showed great tricks on both sides, but in the end our dutch opponents where simply too strong and playing on a different level, so Cambridge Wolverines II finished in 2nd place. To top off this amazing achievement, to his delight Pierre was voted goalkeeper of the tournament.

The Honeybadgers made the club proud as well, guided by “cranfield Alejandro” who returned from injury to coach the ladies they went out in the semifinals against eventual winners London GD, while having defeated in the group stages London Angels who lost their final against London GD… Making the ladies morally also 2nd 😉

As usual, a great weekend with fun, sun and handball, bits of rain and lots of teambuilding. See you next year, Poole.

Mixed results at friendlies over the weekend

Due to the postponement of the EHA Cup match between Cambridge and Warrington, last weekend saw Cambridge Handball Club’s junior boys and girls, and senior men’s development teams play friendly matches in the Copper Box.

The action was started off with our U18 team which played for the very first time against an U18 competition, having previously only participated in U16 county competition. Their more experienced opponent Hackney GD had little difficulty in scoring against our physically outmatched team and the match ended 2-28, but our boys got their first taste of what handball is really like. This match was followed by our girls U18 team taking on Olympia HC and unfortunately some great play our girls ran out 11-14 losers. The final junior match was our boys U18 playing against the Olympia juniors and this time they could build on their first experience and managed to score 7 goals to the 22 of Olympia. Overall while the junior teams did not win, we saw some good handball and great improvements even within the day! These matches were followed by the 2nd men’s team taking on Olympia’s 2nd team.

The senior men’s development team were short on numbers this weekend – partly due to the varsity handball fixture taking place the following day. Missing a goalkeeper, and with only one substitute, a core of players took to the court – with Olympia lending Cambridge a goalkeeper. Nonetheless, the match was strong from the outset, as both teams skirmished forwards, exchanging goals. Olympia took advantage of Cambridge’s reduced lineup, scoring several early goals on the fast-break. However, Cambridge soon reacted to this, reducing the damage in defence whilst continuing well-formed attacks. Cambridge, too, demonstrated some lesser-used set plays to good effect: something that has been developed throughout the season in training sessions.

Cambridge 2nds, who have yet to win in the league this season, were uncharacteristically patient in attack, meaning the chances they were able to take were rewarded with goals more often – many of these coming from centre player Nicolas Martin.  They entered half time with a 7 goal lead, and never really looked like conceding it: the defence remained strong throughout, nullifying potential threats from Olympia’s back-court players and not allowing their wings the space needed to get a good effort on goal. Credit, too, should be given to the Olympia’s loan goalkeepers, who also did well to keep Cambridge’s goal safe. Cambridge took the tie 29-14, with all players tired, but pleased with what had been a thoroughly convincing win. They will take confidence into their next league match, which sees them face Ruislip on April 1st. 

Not the best start to the year…

It was the first game of the calendar year for all three of Cambridge handball’s senior clubs, and all three were keen to see it off to a winning start against their opponents, London GD, in London’s Copper Box Arena. Cambridge Men’s II team opened proceedings; in September’s reverse fixture, Cambridge seconds had equalised with virtually the last throw of the game, but were hoping to win this one. The team fielded an attack-minded 5-1 defensive formation, but were unable to disrupt the GD attack, who led by 3 goals, ten minutes in. Cambridge, however, remained calm and played the ball around, which eventually began to pay dividends, with half-backs and line players leading the scoring into the half-time break, with Cambridge leading by one, Ill-discipline and some wayward shooting, however, meant that Cambridge were never able to pull into a convincing lead over GD, and with minutes to go, the teams were level. GD would go on to win the tie by three, a tie that Cambridge should have put to bed much earlier in the game.

The men’s first team followed shortly – in previous years, London GD had always been Super 8 title contenders, and as ever this was to be a hard-fought match. The opening six minutes of the tie were tight, with Cambridge not conceding a goal, and scoring a couple of their own. The tie then opened up, with both teams trading goals, but with Cambridge maintaining a lead throughout. GD fought hard for a comeback, as Cambridge failed to nullify a dynamic GD attack, and with a minute to go, conceded to draw the match level. As play restarted, Cambridge agonisingly hit the post, and so the match finished a draw. Before the match, Cambridge would have wanted a win from this tie, and were certainly disappointed to have not taken points from a game which they led for large parts of.

Finally, the Women’s team took to the field. Cambridge had now been in the top-level Super 7 league for half a season and had an appreciation of the ability of the teams they faced. London GD showed their aptitude from the outset, with a particularly strong left-wing. Not to be outdone, Cambridge attacked well with several fast-break attacks, and goals from the pivot-position. Cambridge went into half-time 5 goals down, but certainly not out of the tie. However, despite some good saves from Kati Retfalvi, and goals from all positions, GD’s attack proved too potent – and even though Cambridge managed to bring it back to within 1 goal 10 minutes before the end, eventually GD took the tie by 3 goals. Overall, a disappointing day for all teams, who will look to secure their lead earlier in future.