Loughborough University progress to semi-finals of Women's National Shield
The England Handball Women's National Shield continued this weekend with quarter finals featuring teams from across the country.
The first match saw London Angels II travel to the Charterhouse Club, Guildford, to play Guildford Sabres. The Londoners shot into a six goal lead at half time, with seven goals from Viktoria Takacrs and four from Beata Nagy establishing a strong 10-16 lead. By full time they had extended this margin to seven goals, running out winners 22-29. For Guildford, Cristina Matei was the top scorer, with eight in total. The Londoners progress to the next round of the National Shield, and this will surely be their focus going forward as they are without a league win so far this season.
The University of Loughborough played Poole Phoenix at Harewood College in Poole, on the back of a successful season for the students who are currently unbeaten in their league. A low-scoring match saw Poole beaten 9-15, after slipping to a 5-9 half time deficit. Loughborough’s Madeleine Edwards and Elena Ernst scored four each to secure the win.
In the Sunday game in the National Shield, Liverpool made the long journey south to take on Reading Lionesses. The Lionesses are full of confidence having won all their league matches this year, and managed to beat the Merseysiders 27-19 after taking a 15-9 lead into half time. Emese Moses Rasz (five goals), Catarina Silva (six) and Alina Popescu (seven) all netted for the Reading side, with Liverpool’s scoring led by Brooke Partington, with six goals, and Malta Tubacka, with eight.
Semi-finals for the Shield will be held on the weekend of 17/18 March and will see Reading Lionesses travel to London Angels II, with Loughborough hosting Manchester. Finals weekend is 5 and 6 May.