1st May 2019
West London Eagles go to the England Handball National Cup finals looking to bring home multiple silverware.
The senior women’s side, and the boy’s under-16s and girl’s under-19s teams have all made it through to the finals weekend.
A semi-final win over Cambridge saw Eagles women book their place in the National Handball Cup final, where they will play Northern powerhouse, NEM Hawks. Club Chair Melanie Chowns highlights the work done by Paul Dempsey, one of the first home-grown British players to play handball professionally overseas, now Eagles women’s coach, to see the women through to the Cup final.
Chowns also highlighted the merger between West London Eagles and Ealing Handball Club. Eagles were strong in the senior teams, and Ealing had an impressive junior section so it made sense to pool resources. She said: “The merger with Ealing HC has certainly had a fantastic impact on the club and we look forward to next season where we will hopefully have a new full-sized home venue at Gunnersbury and continue to build the club for a great future.”
The under-16 girls were losing finalists last year, against Stroud. This year the teams have moved up to the under-19 age group and they will face each other in the final again.
The Eagles’ under-16 boys look forward to facing Warrington Wolves in the final. Chowns credits coach Marc Fayemi with the success of this age group, with many players also representing the club at under-19 level.
Whatever the results Chowns says that three teams in the finals is: “a great achievement by the players and is something we are all incredibly proud of.”