22nd October 2018
London Angels fell to their first defeat of the season after a strong second-half performance from Olympia in the London derby. London GD go to the top of the table after victory over Reading Lionesses. NEM Hawks defeated north-west neighbours Peninsula, and West London Eagles beat University of Loughborough.
Angels had taken maximum points prior to round four and led 11-9 at half-time in their game against London rivals Olympia. A high-scoring second-half by both teams saw Olympia take the win after overhauling their two goal half-time deficit to win 28-25.
Olympia’s Denisa Paduraru scored four second-half goals to add to her tally of seven to get the win for the east Londoners. For Angels, Player of the Match Beata Farkas netted an astonishing 13 times.
Angels finish the weekend second in the league, just one point behind GD.
GD have grabbed the top spot after a win over newly-promoted Lionesses. At half-time, the Londoners only led by one goal but in the second-half, they pulled away to win 20-33. Christina Rehnberg scored eight times. For Reading, the top scorer was Catarina Silva with six.
The north-west derby between Hawks and Peninsula was 15-9 at half-time in favour of Hawks. At full-time, Hawks had stretched this lead to eleven to record their second win of the season.
Player of the Match for Hawks was Sophie Unsworth, and for Peninsula it was Laura Black.
The fourth game of the weekend was between University of Loughborough and West London Eagles. The Londoners took the win 27-6. The students were only promoted this year and are still waiting for their inaugural victory in the Premier Handball League.
This result is Eagles’ second win of the season, and leaves them equal on points with Hawks and Olympia. The clubs are in third, fourth and fifth in the league table. Peninsula are sixth, with the newly promoted teams from Reading and Loughborough in seventh and eighth.
The league now takes a fortnight’s break, and when action resumes, the match between Olympia and Hawks could potentially see either club leapfrog to the top spot in the table.