19th February 2018
A weekend of close results in the Women’s Premier Handball League saw London Angels defy their league position to beat second in the table NEM Hawks. Elsewhere, Olympia took full honours in the London double-header of men’s and women’s fixtures against West London Eagles, and the third match of the weekend saw Cambridge drop to seventh in the table after defeat to Coventry Sharks by ten goals.
Angels upset the form guide by beating high flying Hawks, only the third win of the season for the London team. Hawks travelled south without star player Holly Lam-Moores and were 11-7 down at the break. Player of the Match Barbara Csombor netted four times in the first half for Angels as part of her total tally of seven, with Beata Nagy scoring five times.
Athalia Ibanga scored three times in the second half for Hawks but the Manchester team were unable to make up the deficit and at full time it was 20-16 to Angels. Angels climb to sixth in the table, with Hawks maintaining their position in second.
It was a showdown between third and fourth in the league table in the women’s match in the London double header between Olympia and West London Eagles. With Olympia winning the men’s game by three goals, Olympia women’s team went one better by taking the victory by four goals in a 26-22 result.
The match was finely balanced at half time, with Olympia edging into the lead 12-11 after four goals for Amelia Neacsu and three for Diana Surubaru. For Eagles, Krystyna Littman and Player of the Match Sunniva Ovstebo Naess led the way for the Londoners with four apiece in the first half. In the second half Neacsu turned on the style, netting a further seven times to see Olympia take the victory.
Maria Seri, Eagles ladies player, was disappointed with the way the ladies could not raise their level because victory here could have seen them level on points with Hawks in second place in the league table. This is only the second defeat for Eagles this season.
"We lost our way on Saturday not being able to contest at our best but we will not be defeated. We will come back stronger and better."
In the other match of the weekend, Coventry Sharks faced Cambridge in Barking Sporthouse. The Midlanders led by four goals at half time and in the second half increased their lead to run out 21-31 winners.
Eight goals from Kristin Ivancheva, six from Jolanta Bicka and five apiece from Marta Podsiolo and Player of the Match Aija Gremzde gave Sharks a win that maintained their fifth place in the table. Cambridge’s defeat, despite seven goals from Nikolette Rau and five from Grete Morkvenaite, sees them slip one place to seventh. The East Anglian team have a three point margin over bottom of the table Peninsula.