Welcome to Newquay Handball Club

Inspired by the success of Handball at the London Olympics, Newquay Handball Club formed in October 2012 as the first ever Handball team in Cornwall. Fortunately this coincided with Handball genius Jurgen Koenen moving to the county, he has coached a bunch of enthusiastic beginners who didn't even have a decent grasp of the rules, into Handball matchplayers.

New players are always welcome, no experience is necessary as Jurgen has coached from beginner to professional level handball. We are open to men and women age 16 plus.

Training sessions are based around fitness, energy, fun, and of course Handball tutoring. Come and give the game a try!

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Southampton 36 v 15 Newquay

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With the ever growing list of injuries, everyone knew it was going to be a big ask going and get a result against a strong Southampton Team.

A fast opening goal from Jurgan K made by some excellent movement by Mo S gave Newquay the perfect start, and when Goalkeeper Geoff M made an incredible low lunging save, optimism quickly grew.

But unfortunately this was short lived as first the Southampton’s Left Wing and then Centre Circle player found space, to run in to a 5-1 lead. Following a Time-Out and a few changes, Newquay continued to fight. But with Southampton’s defence limiting Newquay’s use of set-plays and their own ability to create space in Attack, they proved just too strong for Newquay as the half went on.

Into the second half, Tristan MF took control of the Newquay defence and along with some strong contact work from Jeldrik, Southampton were limited to long-range efforts but still managed to find the goal to prevent a fight-back from happening.
In attack Newquay starting finding and exploiting space in the Southampton Defence, with Lee S able to record his first Goals of the season through excellent movement work from Ben P and Jurgan K. When possible Newquay pushed to provide fast break opportunities for Heike M and despite strong physical presence from Southampton, he managed to convert many.

While Southampton proved again to be too strong, as always, it provided another opportunity to identify where work is needed and how the club can continue to move forward as we move into the later stages of the season.


Bristol 25 – 23 Newquay

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After the amazing 20-20 draw last season, hopes we’re high for another thrilling and comparative match as Newquay travelled to play Bristol, and that’s exactly what they got.

From the go it was clear this was going to be another classic with both sides taking early chances, but with goalkeeper Geoff M making some early great saves, Newquay found themselves four up thanks to goals from Ben P, Mo and Hauke amongst others.

Newquay wasn’t to have it all there own way and as the half went on, Bristol soon struck back with there backs players having success from 9 as Newquay struggled to find a solution. Newquay went into half-time ahead with the game delicately poised.

Into the second half, Newquay’s unfortunate tradition of starting slowly crept back in with only plays called by Jurgan giving Newquay any luck at goal. Bristol took the chance to seize the match and managed to turn over the score and take a four goal lead.

Bristols left back was proving to be the biggest issue and so it fell to Adolf, Ben, Paul and Jeldrik to step up, and they did. Strong leadership from Adolf meant the goal flow stopped and allowed Mo and Hauke plenty of fast-break opportunities which they duly took.

The remainder of the match was played out goal-for-goal, with neither team managing to open up any daylight in the score.

In the end Bristol were the close victors, but it was those lucky enough to be there to watch, who truly won.


Newquay 14 – 31 Southampton

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After a weekend to forget for more than one reason last season, Newquay tentatively invited Southampton back to Cornwall for this terms home fixture.

With a number of Key players unavailable including wingers Lee S, Eddie PH and inspirational captain Tristan TM, it was always going to be a challenging match.

Newquay started slowly (though not a bad as the 9-1 lead given last season) allowing Southampton to open up an early lead with only single effort goals from Jurgan K, Adolf B and Ben P ticking the score board over for the home team.

While Newquay struggled to get the ball moving in attack, they did have more success in defence with Paul B, new player Jeldrik and Kev W putting in strong central performances to limited the southampton chances meaning Newquay went into Half time within touching distance of Southampton.

Into the second half, Newquays limited numbers compared to Southampton rolling subs proved to be the main difference and as Southampton started raking up the goals, Newquays heads dropped with no apparent solution.

Eventually within the 15 minutes of the match Newquay remembered that they play handball to have a good time and mad a strong effort to finish the match much stronger then they had started either half, which they managed to do with a few fast goals from amongst others, Hauke and Kev W and an increased focus in defence.

Result wise, a match for Newquay to forgot but the feeling of all those involved only serves to drive the determination in the club to keep striving and improving to ensure they don’t feel the same again after a match.


Reading 24 – 21 Newquay

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With Reading new to the league this season, no-one from Newquay really knew what they would be coming up against as they travelled the Reading. As it turned out, it was a game some will remember more than others with the passion for Handball along with team spirit shown by the Newquay Club players, standing well above the final score.

Newquay quickly found there flow allowing for plays to pay of with Tristan MF proving to be especially effective in his shooting (5 goals, a match best), while Jurgan K and Adolf B also kept the score board moving in the right direction.

Reading proved to be effective in defending close to goal leaving Paul B and Kevin W with little opportunity to score themselves, but both proved ever effective in creating space for others. Equally Reader were fast making is hard for winger Hauke M and Ben P to get many fast break chances, but both took them when they could.

Newquay’s defence proved solid and strong, led by Tristan MF with Reading being limited in the chances, and Paul B working well out of position on left-wing sfGoalkeeper Geoff M every ready when called upon.

This all meant that Newquay were never behind until the last quarter (at this point three goals up) when a couple of poor decisions in attack and a break-down of a fast-break allowed Reading to pull level with three easy goals.

With the game tied, Newquay seemed to loose there way and fell silent in Defence and tried to force goal chances that weren’t there, giving Reading the chance to take the lead for the first time.

A quick and passionate time out from injured player Lee S got the team firing again and Newquay managed to find there groove and pulled the game level once more.

But with just a few minutes to go a serious freak head injury to captain Tristan MF meant he was no longer in the game and the Newquay players minds were thinking about there fallen them-mate, allowing Reading to take a 3 goal win.

Tristan MF spent the evening in a local Hospital for tests but is now home and recovering well. Likewise, Reading had a player end up in Hospital due to a knee injury and we hear he is doing fine.


Newquay 17 – 30 Poole Pheonix

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New to the league this season and having only played a small number of fixture, Newquay didn’t know what to expect from new-boys Poole Phenix when they payed a visit to the Dragon Centre. As it was, a strong european university based team similar to many others Newquay have faced, proved too strong.

With Poole happy to read the Newquay plays and quickly break them down, in most cases, it fell to individuals, Kevin W (3), Jurgan K (5), Adolf B (4), Eddie PH, Hauke M (1) and Ben P (3) to keep the Newquay scoreline moving.

Newquay worked hard throughout in defence but with multiple Poole back players, including England International John P, happy to run and shoot from 9m, it was hard to stop Pool from keeping there noses in front.

With a half time score of 5 -12 and a final score of 17-30, Newquay did manage to show improvements in the second half in Attack, a rare occasion for the team, and its this Newquay should focus on upon when reflecting on another challenging fixture.


Bath 32 – 22 Newquay

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Newquay began their second campaign with a repeat of last seasons visit to Bath. There was a feeling of unfinished business after going so close in the previous encounter. After an intense pre season training, hopes were high.

A strong Newquay squad traveled to Bath. Boosted by the presence of the returning Ben Preston, new player Alpar, and youth team graduate Hauke Moll.

This positivity was short lived, as Bath came out of the traps fast. Taking advantage of indifferent goalkeeping, and off target finishing.

Fired by their offensive catalyst, an Egyptian national player, Bath sprinted to a 6-1 lead. Only Ben Preston was on target for Newquay in the early stages.

Botar on fire

Newquay finally kicked into gear, inspired by Adolf Botar who’s A-game caused problems in the Bath defence. Training moves began to create space for circle runners Kev Welsh and Paul Beasley.

A summer of Sandball was paying dividends as Newquay converted impressive fast breaks. Eddie Percy-Hughes, Kev Welsh and Hauke Moll were slicing though a backtracking Bath defence.

With Tristan Mullar-Foster bossing as always, and Geoff Muskett stepping up in goal, Newquay’s back line was now solid. With the deficit down to 4 and half time imminant, Hauke Moll received a second two minute suspension. Leaving Newquay to hang on until the break.

After what could have been a disaster score line, 17-13 meant there was a chance. Four goals in Handball is not much and can be turned round in minutes.

Second half fight

In the second period Jürgen Koenen was firing on all cylinders, and Alpar’s left arm sent balls catapulting from 9metres.  Goals were now coming from all over the field, with Lee Springett, Paul Beasley, and Eddie Percy-Hughes getting in on the act.

The moment the game changed

Pressure from Percy-Hughes and Beasley put Bath’s defence into turmoil. In a moment of panic, their goalkeeper received a two minute suspension for holding on to the ball before a Newquay free throw.

Now was their chance. With Bath down to 6 and with a stand-in goalie, Newquay had their tails up and looked to press.

Failure to capitalise

However, in their haste and enthusiasm, Newquay lost their shape. They stopped playing the fast passing that had got them back in the game. Consequently Newquay failed to capitalise, loosing their two minute numerical advantage 2-1.

This failure set the tone for the rest of the half. Bath’s star player was able to up his energy level and fired the team to an unassailable lead.

After a close fought game, Bath had finally broken through, ending with a 10 goal margin. With their Egyptian talisman scoring nearly half the goals.

Taking the positives

Positives can be taken from the game. A year ago, had Newquay come up against such a strong team the defeat would have been far worse. The fact that the game could have gone either way is a strong indicator that the team is on the right path.

The important thing to focus on now is how to exploit key moments and opportunities in games. Like when the Bath goalkeeper went off, taking advantage of this situation could have swung the match. Newquay need to keep their heads and play to their strengths. This will come with more game time and experience.

Next up, Poole at home on the 23rd November.


Sandball 2014 on Watergate Review

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2014’s Sandball event on Watergate was the best yet as Newquay Seniors, and Newquay Youth, welcomed two teams from Plymouth.

A busy Watergate Bay looked on as all games we’re fast paced, competitive, and full of Sandball extravagance. Newquay Youth proved a surprise package as they overhauled Plymouth B, and ran Plymouth A very close – loosing out on a penalty shootout. For a short while they even worried the Seniors.

Beach Handball shot on Watergate Bay

On the whole, Newquay Seniors bossed the event, taking victory in each game they played. It’d be rude not to win your own tournament!

Looking ahead

After another successful year, 2015’s event is already in the planning stages. On the 2nd of August 2015, Watergate Bay will once again play host to the only Beach Handball event in Cornwall. Sandball continues to grow in popularity, and Newquay Handball Club are a team competing with the best Handball clubs in England, so Sandball 2015 is due to be biggest and best event to date. With clubs expected from all over the region and potentially further afield.

Sandball is not only a great sport to play, it’s one of the most exciting spectator sports around. Never failing to entertain, with double points awarded for goals from goalkeepers, and players showboating with 360 barrel shots. There’s no such thing as a draw in this end to end game, it’s all or nothing.

There’s no better way to spend an afternoon than playing or watching Sandball, with Watergate Bay as the summer backdrop.

Sandball (beach handball) on watergate action

Sandball players team photo at Watergate


Newquay 24 – Plymouth 17

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Newquay Handball Club returned to the venue of their first competitive match to play a fast developing Plymouth Squad and put the finishing touches to their pre-season training. After 6 week of high-intensity training, this was the perfect opportunity to put together everything the team had been working on and remind the players of the work that is needed to get a result.

Things didn’t start exactly as coach Jurgan K would have wanted with Newquay happy to return to old habits, but following some words from the coach, things quickly changed going into the later stages of the first half, with Goals being produced from all over the field based on a whole team effort and a strong defense limiting Plymouths chances, with Keeper Geoff M ever ready to step in when he we needed.
The first period of the second half proved to be extremely fruitful for Newquay with backs Adolf B, Tristan M-F and Jurgan K, linking up to provide plenty of close range chances for Kevin W. Going into the last 15 minutes, Newquay’s defense took their chance to show their stuff, with Adolf B, Alpar M, Hauke M and Paul B getting involved in the center to break down the Plymouth attack to provide plenty of quick balls for the wing player to feed off.

One of the many promising aspects of the game was the strong link-up between new player Hauke M and Alpar M, working together on no less than 3 occasions throughout the match to create fast-break chances that quickly turned into goals.

Afterwards, center-back Tristan M-F said “For me it was great to go back to Plymouth, where I first picked up a handball and see how much they have come on, great numbers and commitment to keep it going! For us a useful day at the office with lots to work on before the league campaign starts next week!!”

A Huge thank you to everyone at Plymouth Handball Club for making today happen and showing how fast they are progressing and developing with a deep/diverse team. We look forward to seeing them in the League in the near future as they would be an asset to competitive handball in the south.


Sandball on Watergate

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Saturday 2nd August promises to be another fun filled day of beach handball awesomeness. Bring your showboating skills, we throw off at 10.30am and will probably go through till about 3/4pm-ish.

The cheapest place to park (£3 for the day) is on the west hill, it’s a short walk down. There are shops down on the beach which probably sell refreshments, but I can’t remember exactly, so best bring food and drink. The event is free to enter!

where to park for sandball 2014


Newquay Handball Club asked for an exhibition game vs. British cup winner but in the end found new friends

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11am Saturday morning, the Head coaches of Newquay Handball Club and Salford Handball Club left Ross Ellis at Truro Studio of BBC Cornwall. Each accompanied by one player of their Teams. Chris McDermott, member of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics, for Team Salford and Geoff Muskett, President and Goalkeeper of Newquay Handball Club. A normal working day for Ross Ellis. But nothing was normal at this weekend.

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Creativity, determination, courage and hard work formed a Handball Team out of a couple of people, who were inspired watching handball at the London 2012 Olympics. Nobody knew where the travel would lead them to, but there was definitely no plan playing against Olympians just 18 month later. The inspiration probably comes from Jürgen Koenen, German Head coach of the Team, but when understanding what this game really is about it was like a virus that infected the English players. Eddie Percy-Hughes, wing player of Newquay Handball Club expressed it like this: “First I stayed, because I didn’t want to disappoint Geoff. Then suddenly Jürgen came with the idea to play in the league and I was totally scared. But I stayed because I didn’t want to disappoint Jürgen. And now I just love it and nothing can make me leave again!” The first season was a great success, expressed in 2 wins, 1 draw and the awareness to be quite close to the other Teams.
In order to promote Handball in Cornwall and to support the ongoing progress, the idea was born, to invite Salford HC, one of the best Teams in the Country. Like Newquay Handball Club, the Salford squad are mainly British players. Such obvious similarities and a former friendly contact between Bill Baillie, Head coach of Salford HC and the national Team with Newquays German coach were the base for Salford to except Newquays invitation.

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So on Saturday the 14th the Tennis Hall of the Dragon leisure centre in Bodmin was transformed in a Handball arena. This was only possible with the great support of the staff of the leisure centre and friends and families of the Newquay squad.

The game itself ended like to be expected in a 38 – 10 win for Salford. The speed and ball handling were just on another level. But Newquay showed that they were at the beginning of a process, that might lead them to a similar level one day. Especially the performances of the youngsters Ben Haddrell (18years) and Hauke Moll (16years) were noticed by Bill Baillie and Scott Harrington (National U20 Coach). Everybody in the Team made individual progress. The speed of Team Salford will be inspiration for the next season.

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The relationship between the Teams was substantiated in a “rematch” at Newquays Porth Beach. A lot of fun with “Beach Handball” and the winner at least was Handball in Cornwall. The loss of England’s Football Team became a minor matter on that day.

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Bill Baillie stated several times that it is a major concern for him to support clubs like Newquay Handball Club, even if this means a 7 hour ride by car.
So in advance he had offered a workshop for Sunday. This was mainly accepted by Newquay players. Although tired from the day before, the 90min session with the national coach, supported by the U20 coach and many players of Team Salford was another step forward. Surprisingly they found out, that they already work in a similar way, but especially the intensity was completely different.

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Both Teams enjoyed this weekend so much that they planned to make a regular thing out of this. So no worries if you missed the opportunity to watch the fantastic sport live. There will be another chance next year.

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Especially interested young players shouldn’t wait and get in touch with Jürgen Koenen (me@juergen-koenen.co.uk). There is no need to have played before.
Just give it a try and use the next year to introduce yourself in one year time to the national top coaches.

The club is constantly growing, so if you are interested to get involved in any other way than just playing, don’t hesitate to get in touch.