14th March 2019
Image courtesy of Bruno Santos
Cambridge Handball Club are in Womens’ National Cup semi-final action this weekend when they travel to the Capital to play Premier Handball League side West London Eagles.
Cambridge are the only non-Premier League team left in the Cup and will be hoping to beat top-league outfit Eagles and reach the final that takes place at Derby Arena on 12 May.
The game against Eagles throws off at 15.00 on Saturday at Sporthouse in Dagenham.
The club were finalists in the old British Cup in 2008, a match in which they were defeated by none other than this weekend’s opponents, Eagles. Two of that Cambridge team will be playing in the semi-final so revenge could be on the cards.
Cambridge play their league handball in the Regional League South East, where they are top having suffered just one defeat so far this season. They have already dispatched one Premier League team on their way to the semi-finals, beating London Angels 26-19 in the quarter-finals.
Player Agi Foeglein says the team has changed significantly over the last 12 months, and the refresh has strengthened them. She said: “Last season our team were relegated from the Premier Handball League. We took the opportunity to rebuild, integrating our Under-19 players. We wanted to ensure that this season was going to be a positive experience for all and we have grown together as a team.
“We’ve had a successful season both in league and Cup so far and the junior players are coming into their own, forming a crucial part of the team. Our mix of experienced players and fresh blood has allowed us to up our game and will hopefully help us to overcome this last hurdle before the Cup finals.”
With Cambridge’s men also having qualified for the semi-finals of the Cup, where they will face 2018 runners-up Hawks, the club could be celebrating two Cup finalists.