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Beachhandball 2019

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Join us for a Fun Event at Porth Beach. Beach Handball is a very enjoyable sport, fast paced and great fun. You can either join as a Team (min 5 players) or as an individual. Individuals will be mixed as Teams. No experience is needed, but keeping in mind it is a competition, you should feel able to throw a ball. Age 16+. The tournament is free, but Donations are welcome to support us in replacing equipment. Please let us know that you want to participate so that we can estimate numbers. Hope to see you there and keep an eye on our Facebook Page for possible changes.

NHC is running sessions in Truro from September 2017

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NHC is running sessions for Senior and Junior Teams in Penair School in Truro, starting 14th of September.
Focus will be the Junior Teams in order to built a base for a competitive future adult team and current junior teams, like a U16 or U14 Team for Cornwall. If you’ll be in the upcoming school year 10 or 11 and you are interested in handball, don’t miss the opportunity to become part of a cornish U16 Team, playing in a national tournament.
Find out more about NHC opportunities on the TEAMS page.

Season throw-off vs Plymouth 22nd November in Bodmin

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Newquay are looking forward to facing Plymouth in the newly formed South West Handball league, consisting of Plymouth, Newquay, Biddeford A and Biddeford B.

The first game is due for throw off at 2.30 Sunday 22nd at Bodmin Dragon Centre. Spectators very welcome.

More fixtures and league info can be found at swhandball.co.uk

Poole 28 – 24 Newquay

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Newquay Handball Club travelled to Poole for their last away game of the season, knowing that a season without an away wins was on the cards. However on a positive note, with Newquay down on numbers, due to continuing injury issues, last minute call-ups Alex, Dom and Rob got a chance to show the league what they could bring.

Thing started well for Newquay, quickly finding space and taking an immediate lead. Unfortunately, this proved to be a short moment of joy as Poole quickly found space and goals, especially with quick passes across the face of goal, stretching out the defence. At the other end Newquay’s attack struggled to make an impact with their usual close physical approach struggling to award goals, instead mostly fouls. With this, Poole quickly jumped into a 9-2 lead after 15 minutes.

Finally, A Newquay time out gave a minute for emotions to be reset and a clear vision of what was needed to make this game a contest to be discussed, and Newquay didn’t disappoint. From that point, goal-by-goal Newquay managed to close the gap down, at one point in getting as close as 2 goals before the half-time siren called.

Into the second have the teams played goal-for-goal with Newquay never quite being able to pull neither level nor Poole break away with a large lead. At one point Poole managed to open another small gap of 6 but again Newquay came back and brought it to within 2, only for Poole to take a clever Time-Out and break Newquay’s rhythm.

Again Poole opened a gap and again Newquay fought hard to gain quick balls and get goals with two quick turn-overs leading to goals in the last minute, ensuring this finished a close fought contest.

All in all a very challenging game that required a new approach from Newquay in order to get as close as they did. Newquay’s inability to react to early match situations continues to be of concern, and while new comers Alex and Dom provided an exciting and new approach to attack, back-up attack plans by the regulars within the team is the big point development to a take away as Newquay look forward to 3 home matches before the season end.

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.

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.

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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.

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!

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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.

Newquay to welcome Olympians in Exhibition game 14th June

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Newquay vs Salford exhibition game 14th June

 

With the odds stacked against them, and contrary to the advice of some experienced Handball officials, in 2013 Newquay Handball Club joined the national league structure; lining up against some of the big guns of South West Handball like Bristol, Bath, Southampton, Oxford and Cardiff. With the first season now under their belt, including some head-turning results, Newquay now embark on their biggest challenge to date: the UK’s #1 team, Salford, are coming to town.

Saturday the 14th June, 2pm throw off at The Dragon Centre in Bodmin is an occasion not to be missed. Salford will bring to Cornwall a wealth of British handball talent, including London 2012 Olympians, members of the current GB squad, under 21 internationals and the current GB coach.

For Handball in England, teams don’t come any bigger than Salford. Attracting such a team is testament to Newquay’s hard work over the past 18 months, not just on the field but off it too. Establishing a new sport in Cornwall is no mean feat, this match is recognition of NHC’s achievement, a stamp of approval, and a springboard for the future of Handball in Cornwall.

Spectators are very welcome, the suggested entry donation is just £1. Children under 16 are free, doors open from 1.30pm.

In addition to the grand spectacle, Newquay and Salford will be running free Handball workshops for under 16s. An incredible opportunity for young people in Cornwall to try the sport, meet Olympic athletes and be instructed by the national team coach! There will be competitions, prizes, and all sorts of Handball fun and games.

Workshops will be held from 1-4pm on Sunday 15th June at Cornwall’s Handball arena – Bodmin Dragon Centre. All are welcome from ages 12-16, parents can stay and watch if they wish, and whats more – workshops are free entry!