Bad weekend for the teams

The last weekend saw all 3 teams in action on Sunday, and unfortunately all 3 teams lost! While this is obviously not the results we were hoping for, not everything was bad.

The 2nd team was playing the strong newly formed Angels team, consisting only of Hungarian players with previous handball experience. Unlike our players where some are post Olympic recruits trained up solely by us, the club ethos of the London Angels only allows Hungarian players with experience at a higher level of handball to join their teams. Our cheerful mix of nationalities did a very good job against these “veterans” keeping the game close for the majority of the time, only allowing a gap to form in a mad 10 minutes in the second half. Our youngsters Mikkel and Humod stood out in the quad, causing trouble for the opponents by breaking through their defence repeatedly and while we presented them with a well organised defence on our side. Even though in the end Angels managed to edge ahead and take the victory, the overall performance of the team was very encouraging and we should be able to use the gained experience in the coming matches.

The match of our 1st men’s team was a different issue. As the final score of 34-38 shows, this was not a very defensive game. While we managed to score over 30 goals due to Ruislip defending 1-1 on one of our back players (initally Zsolt and when he moved away others), we couldn’t capitalise on the easy goals as the defence let the team down time and again. Ruislip was allowed to score at will from the 9m, and an admittedly on form Ruislip backcourt took advantage of this. The defence was too sluggish, neither interrupting the movement/shots, nor providing blocks to aid the goalkeeper. The only positive to be taken from this game is that despite being back by 9 goals at a time, the team never gave up and managed to keep the game exciting to the end by closing down the gap to just 2 goals with 2 minutes to go.

While the men’s team were playing in London, the women’s team travelled to Oxford to take on “the other place”. The lack of cars already meant a difficult travel for the team, with players having to brave the 42 roundabouts in a 3.5h bus trip before arriving in Oxford. The team had to play against Oxford without the guidance of a coach and missing Grete and Agi from the back-court, but with new recruits Vanessa and Sarah. Unfortunately despite their best efforts, the Cambridge girls couldn’t control the strong Oxford back players and lost the game 23-31.

 

Overall these were not the results we were hoping for, but the teams soon have the chance to return to our winning ways. Both men’s teams are competing again in home matches (in London, Sporthouse) on Saturday, while the women’s team will have to wait until after Christmas before they face their next opponents, this time the 2nd team of London Angels…yes, the Hungarians again…

 

Cambridge HC vs Thames HC

Cambridge HC vs NEM Hawks

Cambridge HC vs London Angels HC

 

 

First win for the Super8 team!

This Sunday our 1st men’s team recorded our first win of the season against Manchester HC. After an early morning and misty drive up to Manchester HC, our men took on Manchester in the National Cycling Centre. Not distracted by the GB team training around us, the team managed to start the game focussed and new wing player Tom opened the scoring for our side. We were caught out by a couple of fast breaks and good passes to the line which meant Manchester took the early lead to 2:1, 3:2 and and 4:3, but after equalising at 4:4 Cambridge started to pull away. By half time, Cambridge established a 5 goal lead at 13:18.

After the break Manchester came back fighting, but only managed to close the gap to 3 goals before Cambridge gained control again. In the end the match ended 24:34 for Cambridge, with most players making a mark on the scoresheet.

Now we are hoping to build on this win in the next weeks, when we take on Ruislip and NEM Hawks in “home” matches in London.

The coming weekend will be a busy one for the club, with both men’s teams and the women’s team competing in their leagues on Sunday:

Cambridge HC vs London Angels HC

Cambridge HC vs Ruislip Eagles HC

Oxford University HC vs Cambridge HC

 

Mixed results from the weekend

With the women’s team playing their third match of the season in the regional development league and the men’s 1st team finally starting their Super8 campaign, there was again plenty of action this weekend for the club.

The women’s team played on Saturday, hosting our opponents from Islington in our chilly “home” venue at Leyton, London. Clearly, our opponents had studied our previous match sheets, as they took Grete 1-1 from the first whistle and tried to prevent her from adding to her 20 goals from 2 matches… They were partially successful in this approach, limiting her goals to “only” 6 this match, however, Niki picked up the slack and scored 8. While Cambridge won the match 18-13 with a comfortable 5 goal lead, it highlighted the need to practise attacking when a player is taken out 1-1. On the other hand, the defence was working together well, delivering helps when needed and supported by our strong goalie Pippa, who also did well on the field in the last few minutes of the game. This means the girls maintain their position on top of the London RDL League table, with 3 wins out of 3 and a goal difference of 29 goals!

Our Super 8 men’s team saw their first match of the season after having postponed the first 2 matches due to unavailability of the opponents. This meant that Cambridge HC took on Olympia HC, who had already kicked off their season to a very successful start. Olympia already won against Ruislip in their opening match and had gained a draw against Warrington Wolves, so we knew we were facing a tough opponent. The match dominated by two strong, physical defences and it showed in the low score. At half time, Olympia was leading 9-7 and despite an outstanding performance by our goalkeeper Graham Jack, who must have had an over 50% save rate, our attack could not capitalise on our strong defence. Even though having Zsolt taken out in a 1-1 defence opened up the spaced for the wing players, which Tom and Pedro exploited from the left and Toby and Thibaut from the right, too many efforts were made over the centre block and never reached their target. Only Pepe managed to find some gaps and hit the target with some consistency, scoring 4 goals. Some one sided refereeing also saw no penalties given to our side, while Olympia received several, only for Graham to save 3 of them! Overall, the game finished in a rather disappointing 19-16 from our perspective. While this is not the result we were hoping for, our good defensive performance was encouraging and if we can carry that forward to our next games with a slightly more structured attack, we should be back on the winning track soon.

 

Club in the local news

Even though this weekend was match free, there have been a couple of articles in the news, summarising the first few matches in the development league and highlighting the issue of not having a home venue in Cambridge. This lack of a home court poses a serious problem for the club, meaning we have to travel to London even for our home matches. This makes supporting the teams, providing officials and even just attending games more difficult and expensive for everyone involved. Unfortunately very few venues are the right size here in Cambridgeshire to accommodate a full sized court.

2 wins against Brighton

Second matchday with the women’s team and the 2nd men’s team taking on Brighton and 2 more wins for Cambridge! The season continues well after 2 strong performances by both of our teams. First the women’s team took on Brighton Hawks and ended winning 10-23, followed by the 2nd men’s team that wasn’t to be outdone and won 23-35. Results, statistics and photos can be found on the match pages. Well done to everybody who played.

The coming weekend is match-free as the English teams are taking on their European opponents in the Challenge Cup, but we are back with 2 games the following weekend.

Saturday the Cambridge women’s team is hoping to continue their winning streak against Islington, while Sunday the 1st men’s team kicks off their season against Olympia HC who has been showing 2 strong performances this season so far, beating Ruislip HC and drawing against Warrington Wolves. Both matches will be played in London.

 

Cambridge HC vs Islington HC

Olympia HC vs Cambridge HC

 

Women’s team starts season with a victory

The second match of the weekend saw Cambridge record another win! The newly formed women’s team had a successful debut, beating the second team of the defending women’s champion London GD in a high-scoring match in London. More details of the match and a report can be found here.WomensTeam03Oct15

NO training this Thursday, 1.10 due to unavailability of sportshall

Just a quick reminder to everybody that there will be  NO TRAINING this Thursday, 1.10.2015 as the sportshall is used by the school and therefore not available to us. There will be normal trainings on Wednesday, both junior and adult sessions and we are back to the normal schedule next week. Meanwhile, the 2nd men’s and women’s team are going to have their first match of the season this weekend, on  Saturday and Sunday at 2.30pm in London, sporthouse respectively!

The season has started!

The season has officially started, if not for Cambridge yet. Our first match was meant to be against Leeds but has been postponed as Leeds could not secure a hall to host us. This means that our Super8 season throw off is postponed until the 25th of October against Olympia HC, but meanwhile the other teams played their first matches this weekend. Warrington Wolves beat NEM Hawks, though by a smaller margin than expected, while London GD showed no mercy against Manchester HC, scoring more than 20 goals more than their opponents. Meanwhile, Olympia HC started the season with a win over London rivals Ruislip Eagles HC. All this results speak of an interesting season to come and we can’t wait to be part of the action!

The men’s regional development league in London kicked off, too, with matches being played in both groups. In group A London GD’s 2nd team beat Carshalton HC by a small margin, while in group B (our group!) the newly formed London Angels HC beat Newham Flames HC.

Our 2nd men’s team will join the action next Saturday against Newham Flames while our women’s team will face London GD II ladies on Sunday.

Fixtures, results and league standings can be found here on our website! Have a look around.

Newham Flames HC vs Cambridge HC

Cambridge HC vs London GD