Women's Premier Handball League: Peninsula and Loughborough in relegation battle
Level on the same points in the women’s Premier Handball League and both with two matches to play, Peninsula and University of Loughborough have two opportunities to make safe their place in the Premier Handball League.
This weekend Peninsula play West London Eagles, and Loughborough will face NEM Hawks. Peninsula have a much superior goal difference so the pressure is on the students to take maximum points from their final two games.
West London Eagles are third in the table and are on a run of good form, having won their previous three league matches and qualified for the final of the National Cup. They are seven points behind league leaders Olympia, so mathematically cannot win the league, but they could still move into second position with London GD just one point ahead.
West London Eagles and Peninsula throw off at 13.00 at Birchwood Leisure Centre on Sunday.
University of Loughborough, in their first season in the top flight, will play NEM Hawks. Hawks are into the National Cup final and are fifth in the league, having won six from eleven matches so far. They lost their previous league game to Olympia.
The last time Hawks played Loughborough, the Manchester-team won by 19 goals and restricted the students to a single-digit score. Throw-off is at 17.00 at Derby Arena on Sunday.
At the other end of the table, Olympia need a minimum of four points from their final two matches to secure the title. The London team is six points ahead with two matches to play, but London GD in second have an extra game in hand. Olympia need 38 points to win the title because the maximum that GD can finish on would be 37.
The only unbeaten team this season, Olympia can take a win and a defeat from their final two games, or two draws, and they will be champions. This weekend they face Reading Lionesses, who drew against Loughborough in their previous league match.
Can Olympia be the ‘Invincibles’ in the 2018/19 league season, and take the title from last year’s champions GD?
Throw-off is at 14.30 at Leyton Score Centre on Saturday.
The other game of the weekend pits London GD against London Angels. Angels come into it having taken three points against Peninsula in their previous league match, who forfeited the game. When these two teams met in November, it was victory to GD by nine goals. Angels have had an impressive season, currently sitting fourth in the league and having won seven from twelve matches.
Throw-off is at 14.30 at Leyton Score Centre on Sunday.
GD can still win back to back league titles, building on their 2018 success, if they win their remaining three matches and Olympia only take three points from their final two. GD are currently ahead on goal difference by 14 goals, so if that difference remains they will take the title if the clubs are level on points. Olympia need only to stay unbeaten. Can they do it? Action at both ends of the women’s Premier Handball League will go down to the wire.