19th November 2018
NEM Hawks sealed a comfortable victory over University of Loughborough to take their unbeaten run to three matches in the women's Premier Handball League.
London GD defeated their neighbours London Angels, Olympia defeated Reading Lionesses and West London Eagles got the better of Peninsula.
Hawks drew with Olympia in round five and headed into this match looking for three points against a University of Loughborough side who were runners-up in the National Shield last year. It was Lydia Edgar who led the way for Hawks, followed by Becky Barnes.
For the students, Victoria Ferreira netted five times. Final score was 28-9 to the Manchester club.
In the London derby, GD faced London Angels who were fresh from their appearance in the European Handball Federation Beach Handball Champions’ Cup in Sicily. A weekend on the beach was clearly good for Beata Farkas, who scored ten goals in the 24-33 defeat to last year’s league and cup champions.
The score was 12-16 at half-time, but in the second half GD increased their lead to win by nine goals.
Peninsula had an early start to travel from the Wirral to London to play Eagles – travelling to London in time for a 12.30 kick off. Peninsula have a win and a draw from four matches, and with two games in hand they will look to climb the table. Eagles held a two-goal lead at half-time, and drew away in the second-half to win 25-16.
Sunniva Ovstebo Naess netted eight times for the Londoners. Amy Hardwick replied with four for Peninsula.
Third in the table, Olympia have a game in hand and are unbeaten this season in the league. Three wins and a draw leaves them equal on points with Hawks.
This weekend they travelled to Berkshire to face Lionesses. At half-time the scores were 8-14 to the Londoners, who went on to win 19-25. This was a strong second-half performance from Lionesses, who managed to ‘draw’ the second half 11-11 thanks in part to three second-half goals from Johanna Delsante.
After round six of matches, London GD retain top spot but the rest of league is tightly clustered.