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

Summer training schedule

During August, we only have one training a week, on Thursday 8-10pm in Chesterton which is open to all players 16 and over. 

We start back with our regular training schedule on the 4th of September,

 

Wednesday 6-7pm U16 boys and girls in Chesterton Community College, for players aged 11-16 years old

Wednesday 7-8pm Adult development training open to all players 16 and older, in Chesterton Community College – no previous experience required

Thursday 8-10pm Adult team training – for registered players in Chesterton

Monday 6.30-8pm U19 boys and girls at Trumpington Community college, for players aged 13-19 years old

Monday 8-10pm Adult training, open to all adult players with some handball experience

 

 

Changes to training during exam period

Due to unavailability of the Chesterton sport centre during exam period, our training schedule is changed for the next few weeks.

Wednesday trainings are cancelled for both juniors and adults on 15.5, 22.5, 5.6, 12.6. and 19.6 and back to normal afterwards from the 26th onwards. Players who usually attend Wednesday are encouraged to attend Monday trainings in Trumpington instead (6.30-8pm for juniors, or 8-10pm for adults). There is no junior training on the 29.5 due to half term break, but there is adult training in Chesterton on that date!

Thursday trainings are moved to Trumpington for all the unavailable weeks, i.e. 16.5, 23.5, 6.6, 13.6 and 20.6; we are training in Chesterton on the 30th of May. These are all between 8-10pm irrespective of the venue.

 

See you in training and pass on the message!

 

Important final games

As the season is coming to an end, there are a number of important games lined up for both our men’s and women’s teams.

Our men’s team has one more league match to go against already crowned champions London GD on the 27th of April, before going to the National Cup finals to battle it out against Warrington Wolves. They just recently lost their away match by one goal against Warrington in the league and are therefore keen on retaliation and being crowned Cup winners for the first time in the clubs history. The cup finals are taking place in the Derby arena on the 12th of May, come along and support if you are available!

 

Meanwhile, our ladies team is going into promotion play-offs to try to get back into the Premier Handball League. For that they will first take on Brighton Handball Club on the 27th of April just after our men’s match against London GD – come and support us in Leyton if you are available!

The winner of that tie will go on to play Bristol HC on the 5th of May, to then finally play against Northampton HC in a final play off for promotion.

 

These matches will conclude our official season, but don’t worry, we will keep the trainings going and attend some beach handball over the summer!

 

 

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.