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. 

Training break and Merry Christmas

The club wants to wish all its members and followers a lovely holiday season and a good start to the New Year.

Last adult training before the festive break is tonight (22.12) and the first training back will be 4.1.2017, Wednesday training from 7-8pm and then we are up and running as normal again. Thursday 5.1.2017, and Monday 9.1.2017 from 8-10pm as usual. 

Junior training restarts on the 9.1.2017 with the U18 session at Trumpington at 6.30pm.

 

Cambridge junior players long-listed for GB squads

We are excited and proud to announce that two of our junior female players and one of our junior male players have been selected for preliminary GB squads to participate in the U17 European Championship (female) next year and U19 tournaments (male) in the summer. We are sure that they will represent the club well and are going to work hard with them in trainings and matches to prepare them for this amazing challenge.

 

Great weekend in Varna

Cambridge Handball Club made their way to Bulgaria last weekend to take on Lokomotiv Varna in the 3rd round of the EHF Challenge Cup, representing GBR in Europe for the second time after 2014/2015 . This year Lokomotiv Varna agreed to host both matches, so we were welcomed at the seaside resort at the Black Sea by our gracious hosts on Friday, set up in our hotel and had our final training in the Kamicha sport complex. 

The first match on Saturday truly showed the Olympic legacy in GBR as our scoring was opened with 2 beautiful goals from Tobias Barber, one of 4 players in the squad who had picked up handball after watching it at London 2012. While Cambridge could hold their own for the opening minutes, by 10min into the game Varna has started to pull away despite a valiant effort on our side, and the half-time deficit was 7-19. Vowing to regroup and do better, the team came out of the changing room determined to show what we can do, and that we did, only losing the second half by 2 goals finishing the first match 22-36. Encouraged by the improved performance in the 2nd half, the team started the 2nd match on Sunday highly motivated and this time managed to keep the score tight until 20minutes in (10-9 for Varna at this point). Having lost two of our back players to injuries, we started to flag a little and by half time, Varna’s lead had increased to 18-12. Nevertheless Cambridge never gave up and kept fighting until the end, to a respectable 40-25. This time, especially Florian Stroehl was on fire, scoring 12 goals alone! Sunday night we celebrated our  amazing weekend with a lovely dinner with our hosts, followed by a night out. It is safe to say that despite the clear defeats, everyone had a great time and was proud to represent GBR in international competition, and it only remains to thank Varna for the great hospitality and sportsmanship they displayed throughout the whole weekend and wish them good luck for the next round.

 

 

 

 

Team ready for Challenge Cup encounter against Lokomotiv Varna

The team has arrived in Varna, Bulgaria and greeted by our generous hosts at the airport. We are now all set up for tomorrow’s match, having trained at the venue and going over last minute details of the upcoming match. 

We will take on the top of the league Bulgarian team at 5pm local time (=3pm UK time) and there will be a youtube stream available of the game, we will publish the link here and on our Facebook page as soon as we have it.

You can find our line-up and later results here.
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Less than 24h to go now!

Cambridge HC vs HC Lokomotiv Varna