17th July 2018
Fixtures have been released for the 2018/19 Premier Handball League, with a number of eye-catching games in the opening weekends of the 14-match season.
The Premier Handball League kicks off in style, with the first weekend of the new season on 8/9 September pitting last term’s all conquering mens’ and womens’ London GD teams against Olympia in a Capital-city double-header. GD achieved a clean sweep of both men’s and women’s Premier Handball League titles last season, as well as lifting the womens’ and mens’ National Cups.
Olympia women, who finished fifth in the league in the last campaign, will be aiming to draw first blood from GD. The mens’ match will be a contest between first and second from last year’s league, with the teams finishing equal on points but GD crowned champions on goal difference.
Elsewhere in the men’s Premier Handball League, newly promoted Brighton’s first taste of top-flight action will be away to 2016/17 title winners Warrington Wolves.
Cambridge play Nottingham on the opening weekend. The teams finished only two points apart in the 2017/18 season so this could be a close battle.
In the womens’ Premier Handball League West London Eagles’ curtain raiser is against NEM Hawks, who claimed third place in the last campaign, ahead of Eagles on goal difference.
Promoted Reading Lionesses’ debut in the Premier Handball League will be to face their south east neighbours London Angels on the 8/9 September. On the same weekend, fellow promoted side Loughborough travel to the Wirral to play Peninsula.
The first chance for home fans to see the newest teams in the womens’ Premier Handball League will be the second weekend of fixtures, 22/23 September, when the matches are reversed and Lionesses host Peninsula and Angels travel to Loughborough. Lionesses and Loughborough will meet each other on the weekend of 3/4 November.
We wait until the third weekend of fixtures, 6/7 October, for the derby between North West derby giants Warrington Wolves and NEM Hawks in the mens’ league. This promises to be a close match with Wolves finishing just one point ahead of Hawks in third place in the Premier Handball League table last year.
The weekend of 3/4 November sees another London double-header, with GD taking on West London Eagles in both mens’ and womens’ matches. Eagles men finished seventh last season and will be looking to improve on that standing. The women claimed fourth place last term and had an eye on second spot until the final few weeks of the season.