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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

University Titles Spread Around UK

THE strength of handball in British universities was showcased in a superb championship in Nottingham last weekend, with more than 30 teams competing in the two-day event.

Both men’s and women’s winners were crowned in championship and plate competitions at the University of Nottingham.

AECC Bournemouth won the men’s championship, while Cranfield won the respective women’s event. Manchester won the men’s plate event, while women’s plate winners were Edinburgh.

Bournemouth won the men’s championship in thrilling style, beating UCL (London) 11-10 after extra time and penalties.

Cranfield beat Loughborough 3-0 to secure the women’s championship, while the Men’s plate went to Manchester on goal difference. And Edinburgh overcame Manchester 5-2 to win the women’s plate.

The Most Valuable Player awards went to Isabella Markus from Edinburgh University, while Sindre Witzoe from AECC Bournemouth was the pick of the men.

British Handball scouts were in attendance and noted good performances from several individuals, while the GB men’s team captain Ciaran Williams was refereeing throughout the tournament.

Next year is Olympic year, and as such the British Universities Championship will be in London, where another record entry could well be on the cards.

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