23rd April 2017
Image: NEM Hawks will play Warington Wolves in the final
Warrington Wolves and NEM Hawks will meet in an all-north-west England Handball Mens' National Cup final after beating London GD and Oxford respeactively in their semi-finals.
Wolves booked their place at the Copper Box Arena for a sixth successive year as they won GD 28-25, denying the London side a return to the finals themselves.
Wolves raced into a 3-0 lead. However, GD soon got into their stride and brought the scores back to 3-3. Wolves managed to stay in touch despite a spate of two-minute suspensions and at the break it was 13-13. The second half was an equally close affair as the teams matched each other goal-for-goal. With seven minutes remaining Wolves called a time out with the scores at 22-22. The move proved decisive as they scored three unanswered goals to lead 25-22. They maintained that three-goal advantage as it finished 28-25. Rafik Tahraoui top scored for Wolves with eight goals, while Stephen Clarke beat the keeper seven times. Will Moore found the back of the net on six occasions for GD.
Hawks brought to an end the fairytale run of South East Regional Development League Tier 2B side Oxford. The first half was a close affair Hawks going into the break 14-12 up. Hawks opened out their advanatge in the second period to take the game 37-30.
Tickets are available for the finals at the Copper Box Arena on 21 May. Early-bird tickets priced at just £2.50 are available until midnight on 5 May for those aged 18 and over. Under-18s go free. To buy a ticket please click here.