15th May 2019
Coventry Sharks won the men’s competition in the annual Tyneside Handball Tournament, while Edinburgh regained the women’s crown.
Hosted by Newcastle Vikings Handball Club, the tournament took place at the Benfield Centre for Sporting Excellence for the first time.
Now in its seventh year the competition featured its first overseas team entry - amongst the biggest line-up yet in the men’s tournament.
Edinburgh dominated the day’s quick-fire group stage matches, winning all of their games in both the men’s and women’s competitions, and looked set to complete a double victory. However, a pulsating men’s final against second-placed Coventry went down to the wire as the Sharks fought back to snatch a thrilling 9-10 win from Edinburgh’s grasp. In doing so, they became the first English club to win the men’s title and bring it south of the border for the first time.
East Kilbride’s reigning champions EK82 had to settle for third place, while York Hunters won the battle of the North East clubs and also pipped French team Picon to fourth place. Home side Newcastle Vikings went into the tournament on the back of winning their first English regional league title, but were missing a few regular players and finished sixth ahead of Durham University.
Team Picon captain Thomas Vernede top-scored in the men’s tournament with 17 goals
In the three-team women’s competition, Edinburgh’s dominance in attack helped them to their third Tyneside title. Coventry Sharks narrowly beating reigning three-time champions Newcastle Vikings ladies to the runners-up spot.
Edinburgh’s Elisa Moreno Garcia-Filoso headed the scoring charts in the women’s matches with 11 goals.
Newcastle Vikings Handball Club would like to congratulate the winners and thank all the teams for taking part in another action-packed day of highly competitive handball.