14th January 2019
Olympia came out on top in their match against London GD, which has seen them take the top spot in the table.
Elsewhere in the women’s Premier Handball League, there was a win for London Angels, and a draw in the game between NEM Hawks and West London Eagles. University of Loughborough recorded their inaugural win of the season against Peninsula.
Both London GD and Olympia were unbeaten so far this season and the two teams went head to head this weekend. Olympia took a three-goal lead into half time, which GD had narrowed to two goals by the final whistle. It was 23-25 to Olympia, which puts them top of the table after eight matches played. Kerstin Brodin Persson netted six times for Olympia, and Eva Saunas got on the scoresheet six times for GD.
London Angels headed to Reading to play Lionesses on a run of three consecutive defeats. They were able to turn the tide with a 22-27 win over Lionesses after a strong first-half performance that saw them take a five-goal margin into half-time. Aniko Pinter scored an impressive 11 goals for the Londoners and was named their Player of the Match.
NEM Hawks and West London Eagles battled to a 22-22 draw. The match was 8-8 at the break. Becky Barnes scored five times for the Manchester team, and Victoria Milling Watson replied with seven for the Londoners. This result keeps the two teams third and fourth in the table, with Hawks ahead by just one point.
It was a match between seventh and eighth in the table when University of Loughborough played Peninsula. The students took a one-goal lead into half-time which they extended to five by the final whistle, winning 19-14 at home. Kayleigh Pingarelli impressed with seven on the scoresheet for Loughborough. Charlotte Robinson top-scored for Peninsula with five.
As the teams head into the second half of the season, Olympia women are the only team – male or female – to retain their unbeaten status in the league. Can they hold this to the end of the season?