Timing

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Timing

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By Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (April 19th 2015)

The Finishing Stretch

London GD (Great Dane) convincingly beat London Angels by 21 goals to 12 to climb to the top of Britain’s Women’s Super8 Handball League. The gulf in class was reflected in the score-line. They raced to a 7 goal lead with Christina Rehnberg scoring the first and seventh before the Angels opened their account.

Their sixth was a penalty conceded by Nora Feketene Szabo for a foul on Maria Teresa Perez Laguna. It was converted by the former Bera Bera and Spanish youth international Kattalin Olasagasti. After Rehnberg netted the seventh Edina Kovacs set the Angels on their way, only for Szabo to impede Perez Laguna again as she was in the act of shooting. Olasagasti scored that penalty too.

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It was near her final contribution of the match. Sabine Scholz made it nine before Krisztina Rudolph’s brace pulled it back to 3-9. Aleksandra Garaloska made it ten. Nikoletta Kurti pulled another back. Szabo was sent from the court again. Despite being a player down the Angels pulled another back through Kovacs to end the first half.

Come Back?

Barbara Csombor scored the first of the second half and Anita Korbely quickly won a penalty Kovacs scored. Garaloska steadied the rot with GD’s first of the half. After exchanging goals Garaloska established a five goal cushion. 9-14 became ten when Csombar scored. Perez Laguna restored the five goal cushion.

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GD netted four more without answer, three from Garaloska before Regina Hrabovszki scored the eleventh. Perez Laguna scored GD’s twentieth. Hrabovszki scored the Angels’ last of the match. Rehnberg netted the 21st and to give London Great Dane – founded 39 years ago – victory by nine goals.

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Garaloska scored the most goals – seven. Perez Laguna scored four. Rehnberg netted thrice. She was the third highest scorer for GD. Kovacs was top scorer for Angels with the same tally. It emphasised the difference in class. The Great Dane moved to the top of the league at just the right time. Another victory in their rearranged fixture against NEM and the league title was their’s.

Quality Gap

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The previous afternoon the same venue, the Sporthouse in Barking hosted Ruislip Eagles’ match against Thames. Maria Seri gave the Ruislip Eagles an early lead before Olimpia da Veiga and Agnes Foeglein combined to give the visitors a lead they would not surrender. Foeglein scored their last of the half.

Thames led 10-7 at the break, with Micaela Casasola poised to dominate the second half. The central-midfielder belied her position to score an impressive 11 goals – half the final tally achieved by her opponents, the Eagles. Erika Pecsta scored six for the Ruislip Eagles. Thames beat Ruislip Eagles 26-22.

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Both still have one match to play. Thames are currently in 5th place unable to catch NEM for fourth. Thames are on the same points tally as Welsh team Deva, but with a vastly superior goal difference, equivalent to a point, If they match or better Deva’s result on May 16th they will finish fifth. Ruislip Eagles are secure in seventh place.

Meanwhile, British handball’s Olympic heroine Holly Lam Moores and her team NEM visit Leyton for their match against top-placed London GD, who know that the league title is their’s if they beat NEM.

Holly Lam Moores

Satish Sekar
By Satish Sekar May 9, 2015 18:18
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  1. Satish Sekar Author May 9, 19:34

    Our interviews with Maria Teresa Perez Laguna and Maria Seri will be available shortly.

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