Men's Premier Handball League: GD so close to league title
London GD are all but crowned men’s Premier Handball League champions after their narrow victory over Warrington Wolves. The only way they won’t finish the season on top will be if they forfeit their final league match, and Olympia win their game by a margin of more than 70 goals. But for now, the champagne will have to stay on ice.
Elsewhere in the penultimate weekend of men’s Premier Handball League action, the season of narrow margins continued with Cambridge losing to West London Eagles by one goal then winning against NEM Hawks; Olympia defeating Brighton Seahawks by four; and Nottingham squeaking to victory over Hawks by one goal.
GD knew that victory would put them within touching distance of their second league title in two years, but Warrington Wolves fought them all the way. GD led by two goals at half-time and maintained that lead to the close. The final score was 20-18 to the Londoners, with Marvin Goergen top scoring for GD with five. Nate Green netted five times for Wolves.
Wolves have two matches left in the season, so have the opportunity to challenge Olympia in second if they maximum points from both.
Both Cambridge and NEM Hawks had two matches scheduled for this weekend. On Saturday Cambridge played West London Eagles, and Hawks played Nottingham.
Cambridge trailed by one goal at half-time with the scores at 11-12. In the second half Eagles maintained that margin, winning by one goal 25-26. Alejandro Garcia Costa netted eight times for Cambridge and Jochim Ernst scored nine for Eagles.
Hawks also got beaten by one goal, when they played Nottingham. Hawks were one goal in front at half-time but the East Midlanders came back in the second half to sneak the win 31-30. Dani Ramos scored eight for Nottingham and Jamal Braithwaite scored the same number for Hawks.
On Sunday, Hawks and Cambridge then came together to play each other. Cambridge led Hawks 13-9 at break, and extended their lead to 31-22 at the final whistle. Costa again led the scoring for Cambridge, and Harry Morley replied with nine for Hawks.
Second in the league Olympia took on Brighton Seahawks who are in eighth in the table. Despite the margin between them in the league table, the teams were tied 9-9 at half-time. Only four goals divided the teams at the final whistle with the Londoners winning 25-21.
Just two weekends are left to decide the final positions in the men’s Premier Handball League. GD are all but champions, but Olympia, Wolves and Hawks can fight it out for second place.