5th March 2018
Only two matches went ahead this weekend as the snow and ice forced the postponement of most of the Women’s Premier Handball League fixtures.
Two women’s matches were played in which Olympia suffered a narrow defeat to London Angels, and London GD maintained their 100% win record this season by defeating Cambridge. With Olympia sitting three places above Angels prior to this match, the form guide would favour Olympia but Angels came into this match on the back of a morale-boosting win over NEM Hawks in the previous round of fixtures.
In a low scoring game which included a last minute change of venue to Barking Sporthouse because of the weather, Angels took a 10-8 lead into half-time. Angels’ top scorer Beata Nagy got four of her seven goals in the first half, with Diana Surubaru and Lucille Dauwe netting twice each for Olympia.
In the second half Angels extended their narrow lead, with Nagy again leading the scoring. With this result, Angels climbed one place to fifth and Olympia dropped to fourth. Angels are just three points behind Olympia with a game in hand, as they continue their strong second half of the season. One of Olympia’s key players, Maria Stricevic, has now returned to action and the club will be hoping that her influence will come to bear in the next fixture, when the Londoners play Cambridge.
Cambridge are having an unhappy start to 2018, having only won one league match this calendar year to add to their one solitary win in the autumn fixtures. They travelled down the M11 to play London GD, who are still in the hunt for a league/cup double, having qualified for the semi-finals of the National Cup.
GD took a grip of the game in the first half, turning around with a lead of six goals in a 9-15 half time scoreline. They pulled away again in the second half, eventually winning with a comfortable 19-29 scoreline. Emese Miklos top scored for the Londoners with seven goals, but goals were spread throughout the large playing squad with virtually every outfield player getting on the scoresheet. For Cambridge, Nikoletta Rau and Agnes Foeglein both netted five times.
Cambridge remain second from bottom in the table, with three points in hand over Peninsula. The East Anglians will play London Angels in the next round of fixtures.
With the end of the league season in sight, can London GD maintain their 100% win record this season? The Londoners are five points ahead of their nearest challengers, NEM Hawks, and have a game in hand and a staggering goal difference.