13th November 2018
Knocking out last year’s semi-finalists, University of Bath, Liverpool recorded a 32-15 victory in the women’s National Cup round of 16 in order to qualify for the National Cup quarter-final.
In the other matches, there were wins for Premier Handball League teams where they were drawn against Regional League opposition. In the all-Premier Handball fixtures, London GD knocked out Olympia and Reading Lionesses saw off University of Loughborough.
Liverpool took a 10-0 lead from the throw-off, and led 19-5 at half-time. Bath made a good start to the second half with two early goals, but Liverpool continued to extend their lead until the final whistle. The final score was 32-15 with eleven goals for Liverpool’s Babett Nagy to see Liverpool on their way to the quarter-finals.
Bath replied through top scorer Isabelle Williams with six goals.
In last year’s National Cup, London GD II made it through to the semi-finals where they lost to Coventry Sharks. This year, they were knocked out in the round of 16 by Peninsula who won 23-21 despite being six goals behind at half-time.
This amazing second-half comeback for the Wirral team was led by Laura Black, with seven goals. Peninsula also credited their Player of the Match Nat Black, who was playing in only her second women’s game.
For GD II, Francesca Graham scored five.
The two teams currently unbeaten in the Premier Handball League, London GD and Olympia, met on Sunday in the National Cup in a London derby. After a tight first half, Olympia led by one goal at half time in a 12-11 scoreline. In the second half, last year’s Cup champions GD crept in front to edge the match 24-20.
Maria Teresa Perez scored six times for GD, and Ingrid Morkken netted six times for Olympia.
It was an almost identical story in Bristol versus Cambridge. At half-time, Bristol led 12-11 but Cambridge fought back in the second half to take it 28-25. Gloria Spina and Aggie Adam netted seven times each for Bristol. For Cambridge, Grete Morkvenaite scored ten goals.
In a repeat of their most recent Premier Handball League fixture, University of Loughborough and Reading Lionesses faced each other in the National Cup.
In the league, Lionesses triumphed 23-16 and despite the students managing to close the gap, on Sunday the Berkshire team won 21-17. Alina Popesco and Johanna Delsante both netted seven times for Lionesses. Kayleigh Pingarelli and Hulda Espolin Norstein scored four each for Loughborough.
London Angels have only lost one game in the Premier Handball League so far this season, and they faced Northampton. At half-time Angels led 7-11, and at full-time increased that lead to 19-26.
Jolanta Bicka scored eight goals for Northampton and Beatas Farkas replied with nine for Angels. Both were named Player of the Match for their respective teams.
Finally, NEM Hawks took on Manchester handball club in a city derby. Premier Handball League Hawks took a 12-15 half-time lead over their Regional League North opponents, and increased their lead slightly in the second half to finish 23-28 winners. Alexandra Miron scored nine times for Manchester. Lydia Edgar netted ten times for Hawks.
West London Eagles and Poole Phoenix are yet to play their round of 16 match.