10th September 2018
Warrington Wolves sit on top of the Premier Handball League table after an opening weekend win, with Olympia, Nottingham and Hawks also getting all three points in their opening games.
NEM Hawks completed a double victory on the opening weekend of fixtures. After the women led the way by beating West London Eagles 40-13 on the opening weekend of fixtures, the men followed suit by a much narrower margin of 30-28 over Eagles.
Hawks’ talented junior Harry Morley, named Player of the Match, led the way with 12 goals for the Manchester-based side. It was 14-14 at half-time and Eagles led until the final five minutes, when Hawks just managed to edge the match. Ninoslav Bosancic top scored for the Londoners with seven goals and was named Player of the Match for Eagles.
It was another nail-biter in the match between the two teams that tied for top of the league last season, London GD and Olympia. Last season GD edged the title on goal difference. In the league curtain-raiser this year Olympia were out for revenge and got the win by a margin of just four goals after leading by two at half-time.
Tomasz Chwajta top-scored for Olympia with seven goals, and Alexander Rauner did the same for GD with six.
Newly promoted Brighton Seahawks found the going tough in the north-west, where they took on Warrington Wolves. They trailed 23-11 at half-time, and the match eventually finished 43-23 to the Northerners.
Sebi Hesk netted ten times for Wolves, and Seahawks’ Wojciecu Jarzy replied with seven for the south coast side.
The final match of the weekend pitted Nottingham against Cambridge. Nottingham led by five goals at half-time, and eventually ran out 33-26 winners over the East Anglians. Francisco Pereira scored nine times for Nottingham and Nicolas Martin netted five times for Cambridge.
The results of the opening weekend leaves Wolves top of the table by merit of a superior goal difference. Nottingham, Olympia and Hawks are closely clustered behind.
A highly competitive opening weekend of games hints at a fantastic Premier Handball League season to come.