Women's Premier Handball League: Angels on top
London Angels narrowly defeated NEM Hawks 23-20 to take full points from the first three rounds in the women’s Premier Handball League. Elsewhere, London GD beat University of Loughborough 29-10, and West London Eagles beat league newcomers Reading Lionesses 32-22.
Angels versus Hawks was a tight game throughout, with just one goal separating the teams at half time – Hawks ahead 10-11. Five second-half goals from Angels’ Barbara Csombor took her overall tally to six to lead the Londoners’ fight-back. For Hawks, Lydia Edgar netted eight times.
This result leaves Angels top of the table and Hawks in third, with five points from their three matches. In round four, Hawks play Peninsula and Angels face Olympia.
London GD made it two wins on the bounce with victory over newly promoted Loughborough. GD spread the scoring right across their team, and Marselli Maria and Maria Teresa Peres top scored with five goals each. Victoria Costa Ferreira netted five times for the students.
The teams turned around with the Londoners 17-4 ahead, and they went on to win 29-10. Loughborough play West London Eagles next, whilst GD travel to Reading to play Lionesses.
The third match of the weekend saw Eagles take on their neighbours down the M4, newly promoted Reading Lionesses. Eagles led by five at the break after a strong first-half performance from Margherita Ciano, with three in the first half. They stretched their lead in the second half to win 32-22.
Top scorer for Eagles was Zoe Lacour with nine, and for Lionesses was Karolina Dauksaite with seven.
After round three, Angels sit on top of the table with nine points, closely tracked by GD with eight. Hawks, Peninsula, Olympia and Eagles all tie on five points.