Champions Wolves face promoted Liverpool in Premier Handball League opener
Defending champions Warrington Wolves start their campaign in the new-look Men’s Premier Handball League with a clash against newly promoted Liverpool.
The all-North-West clash throws off at 16.00 on Saturday 9 September at Trafford Soccerdome. Looking ahead to the new season Wolves Head coach Bill Baillie said: “Warrington Wolves start this season having lost eight players from last season’s first team squad. However, we’re looking forward to another challenge with our 20-man squad for 2017/18 season.
“Many of the youth players have moved up and we have four new signings this year to bolster the loss of experienced players. “It will be challenging at times, but we are a new team with new targets and as always high hopes."
NEM Hawks, who finished second in 2016/17 travel to the Capital for a clash against London GD. Hawks won a thriller in the corresponding fixture last season. They ran out 30-29 victors after the first half finished all square at 12-12.
London GD coach Jose Roldan said: "At London GD, we are very much looking forward to starting the new season. This year, we have some new and young players, who have settled in to our team.
"During the pre-season, we have worked hard to create a disciplined playing style and united team. We believe we are ready for the season and to show the rest of the teams our goal of being at the top of the table.
"We also aim to play fairly and will do so by respecting our opponents."
Throw-off at the Copper Box Arena is at 15.30 and is preceded by the Women’s Premier Handball League clash between the two teams at 13.30.
Sporthouse in Barking is the venue for Cambridge’s opener against West London Eagles. Cambridge finished fourth last term, just four points off second spot, and will look to be among the challengers this season. Cambridge coach Agi Foeglein said: “Cambridge handball club continues to go from strength to strength, as we enter the new season looking to build on past success.
“The club, fresh from a pre-season training camp in Germany, sees the men preparing for their upcoming Challenge Cup tie in Serbia, and hungry for even more success in the Premier Handball League this year.”
Eagles came sixth in 2016/17 and will be hoping to improve on what they will have put down as a disappointing season. They have a new coach this season. Paul Dorville brings a lot of knowledge to the role afeter a long spell coaching in France. Throw-off on Saturday is at 13.30 and is followed by the Women’s Premier Handball League clash between Cambridge and Eagles at 15.30.
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