16th April 2018

Men's Premier Handball League: Olympia win keeps title race alive

The race for the Men’s Premier League title continues after leaders London GD edged past Warrington Wolves, and Olympia beat Cambridge.

GD won 26-25 against the 2016/17 Champions, Bjorn Rainer Imohl scoring six. Wolves man-of-the-match Rafik Tahraoui bagged nine goals for Wolves in a great performance. Jehan Karkour was man-of the-match for GD, in a game that saw the Capital-city side hold a narrow 13-11 half-time lead.

Olympia won 26-20 against Cambridge, slightly extending their advantage in the second half after leading 14-10 at the break. Damut Nelutescu top scored for Olympia with six goals and was named their man-of-the-match. Alejandro Garcia Costa and Zsolt Magris scored four apiece for Cambridge, for whom Erick Silva was named man-of-the-match.

Olympia play Nottingham next weekend and know they must win to keep their title challenge alive, and then beat London GD in their final game of the season in what could be a winner-takes-all encounter.

Seventh-place West London Eagles picked up what could prove to be a crucial two points when they drew 28-28 at Nottingham. Eagles showed great determination to come back from 15-11 down at half time. Nikolou beat the keeper nine times for Eagles. Francisco Pereira found the back of the net eight times for the home side.

Bottom side Liverpool lost 37-19 to NEM Hawks. Hawks led 19-9 at half time, scoring another 18 to Liverpool’s 10 in the second period. Hawks’ Harry Morley scored 16. Tom Marsden was Hawks' man-of-the-match, while keeper Dan Carden was Liverpool’s man-of-the-match.

Liverpool face a crucial clash next time out when they play Eagles on 28 April, knowing anything less than a win will make it mathematically impossible to overtake the London side.

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