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Saturday 18th January 2014. A landmark in the development of Handball in Cornwall, as Newquay record their first victory in the South & West Development league.

Newquay Handball Club 24 – 13 Cardiff Handball Club

NHC have progressed a long way in a short space of time. In little over a year they have gone from zero to competing with, and now beating, experienced teams. To win by more than ten goals is a significant margin, something that NHC and their supporters could not have anticipated going into their first season.

Newquay have leapt a giant hurdle. Now, they can believe. Now, they can challenge any team. NHC are no longer in the business of making up the numbers. 

From throw-off Newquay came out of the blocks fast, bringing the game to Cardiff and immediately taking charge. Training ground practise was clearly paying off, with space created for Circle Player Kevin Welsh, Centre Jürgen Koenen, and Right Back Adolf Botar. Newquay’s Portuguese star David Santos fired in goal after goal from 9 metres plus, and with Lee Springett benefitting from Eddie Percy-Hughes’ fast breaks, Newquay went into half time 15-8 up.

The second half was a low scoring affair, with Newquay seemingly tightening up infront of goal. Injury to Botar, and Koenen jaded with illness, didn’t help matters. NHC managed just one goal in the first 13 minutes of the second half. These are times when defence is crucial, and Newquay’s was first class. Committed, aggressive and organised, keeping their lead in tact.

In the latter stages of the second period Cardiff had to chase the game, taking risks and leaving gaps for Newquay to exploit. And exploit the did, debutant Jon Hyatt checked in with a brace, Santos continued his assault on the Cardiff goal, and Botar came back on dually adding to Newquay’s lead.

Newquay were also able to blood another promising young player, Ben Haddrell, who excelled defensively and threatened the Cardiff back line. With Newquay’s new players performing so well, and the influential Tristan Mullar-Forster to come back in, the squad is looking very strong indeed.

The next challenge for NHC comes from Bath, the return fixture of the spectacular season opener. Newquay are a much improved team since the first encounter, which couldn’t have been closer, ending 19-18 in favour of the Somersetians. Saturday 1st February, 2pm. Save the date, it’s going to be explosive.

Newquay 14 – Oxford 41

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NHC knew it was going to be the toughest game they would be experiencing to date, up against the current league leaders and they we’re not wrong! Oxford arrived with a team full of experienced players and didnt hold back one bit. The game started with a quick procession of goals, taking the away team to 7-1 up. NHC team took advantage of a well needed time out break whereby some encouragement from the team coach, Jurgen Koenen helped to regain some balance in the scoresheet as they came back to within a 2 goals difference

NHC continued to put up a strong defence against top class players, with great resistance and reactive work by Tristan Muller-Forster, Paul Beasley and Adolf Botar. Some injuries from the previous match against Bristol were taking their toll on key players such as David Santos and Jurgen so the run of goals for the home team lapsed towards the end of the first half, leaving the score at 17-9 as the klaxon went.

A slightly deflated NHC team knew they we’re in for the long haul in the second half, against opponents who we’re playing on top form. Unfortunately some careless passing and gaps in defence allowed the away team to continue their onslaught of goals as the gap in the score increased. NHC did not give up fighting though, and continued to disrupt Oxford’s game play as much as possible and returned with some well deserved goals, with thanks to Kevin Welsh, David Santos and Adolf Botar.

The game ended at 14-41 with full credit going to the Oxford team. Although NHC team we’re disappointed with the end result, they kept their heads held high and acknowledged the fact they we’re out played on the day. Inspiration was taken away on how good a team can become, and is something NHC will inspire to be in a few years time. Undoubtedly, this was and will be their hardest game of the season, so NHC will be spending the next few months working on areas which need improving to they are ready to push for a win during their next game against Cardiff, which they are hosting in Bodmin on 18th January.

It was nice to end the match with some positive feedback from Oxford’s team coach, who said ” It was a good match. You guys achieved a lot in one year. Keep training and you will go somewhere.

Report by Eddie Percy-Hughes

We are THIRD in the League (Until Sunday at least)

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The South and West Development league is run by England Handball and you can follow how the league looks over at England Handball. The problem is that currently the table hasn’t been updated as Cardiff are yet to play Southampton University.

So I have decided to collect the score for the other games and make the unofficial table. In Handball you get 3 points for a win, 2 for a draw and 1 for a loss.

Newquay Handball League Table

As you can see we are currently 3rd because of our much better goal difference. The best we can be in is 4th on Sunday but this is only if either Cardiff or Southampton Uni win. A draw will put us in 5th place.

Bath Uni 19-18 Newquay HC, match report Sat 19th October

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Newquay Team:

GK – Geoff Muskett

LB – Lee Springett

CB – Jürgen Koenen

RB – Tristan Mullar-Foster

LW – Eddie Percy-Highes

RW – Paul Beasley

C – Kevin Welsh

Newquay fought like a team who had been playing for years against the reigning South and West League champions, Bath University. A highly competitive and close game ensued with both teams giving everything to get a positive result for the season opener.

In the first half tight defences and big saves from both goalkeepers kept the scoreline low, with Newquay edging ahead with an explosive break from Eddie Percy-Hughes converting in style just milliseconds before the half time klaxon. 9-8 Newquay.

Second half was a similar pattern with both teams fighting hard and Newquay’s inspirational player-coach Jürgen Koenen continually causing panic in the Bath defence. In form goalkeeper Geoff Muskett kept Bath at arms length, while magnificent finishing from Kevin Welsh meant Newquay could smell victory.

Newquay’s solid defence continued, lead by Koenen and Mullar-Foster, couple that with goals from Springett and Beasley and Newquay found themselves with a two goal advantage. However Bath managed to get back in contention, fighting back to 18-18.

It all came down to the final two minutes where tensions were sky high. Bath intercepted a ball on the edge of the Newquay 6m line, with the goalkeeper out of position he infringed on the Bath centre player resulting in a two minute suspension. Meaning the end of the game for Geoff Muskett and a crucial Bath penalty; dually converted to give Bath a lead with only 1minute 22 seconds on the clock.

As Newquay pressed forward in the final seconds, defensive rock Tristan Mullar-Fosters game also came to and end as he was judged to have fouled. Now depleted, Newquay pushed but could not find the equaliser as Bath held out for a one goal victory.

After Newquay get over the disappointment of the manner of the defeat, they can take massive positives away. It was a true David vs Goliath encounter with Newquay expected to be turned over by the experienced Bath outfit. In reality Newquay were infront for the majority of the game, and with some key players due to return to the squad prospects for the season are extremely encouraging.

Sandball 2013: Tournament review

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One year on from Handball’s massive success in London 2012, Newquay Handball Club celebrated by hosting Cornwall’s first ever Handball tournament last Saturday.

What a day it was at Watergate Bay; four teams competed for the illustrious title of Sandball Champions. Players varied in experience so a member of NHC captained each of the teams, which included local people wanting to try the game and sporty beach dwellers on the day.

In the build up to the tournament, the news spread far and wide. This attracted the attention of Handball superstar Aden Woodall (pictured below) from 2012 national Super 8 champions, Salford.

Aden Woodall beach handball shot at Sandball 2013

Photo credit: Helen Muskett

Sandball is a fast, furious and fun sport to play, but it’s great for spectators too because at the heart of Sandball lies showboating. Extra points are awarded for goals involving 360 spins, flips, tricks and any other extravagance. Aden lead the way, scoring a from multitude of physics-defying positions. He is proof of the potential for Handball when proper equipment and great coaching is available. Newquay has the latter in the form of Jürgen Koenen, the former is work in progress.

The tournament consisted of a group stage, followed by a 3rd/4th playoff, then the final. The group stages proved a hard fought and tight affair. Lee Springlett lead his team to the top of the group, after producing a penalty shootout victory over Geoff Muskett’s team. Third place in the group went to Team Adolf, fourth to Team Eddie.

This result meant that the 3rd/4th playoff was contested by Team Adolf and Team Eddie (pictured below). With little between the sides, Team Adolf took the first half 6-4, with Team Eddie striking back in the second 9-7. In Beach Handball when a team wins a half they receive 1 point, so this ended a draw, 1-a-piece. However Sandball is a sport that loves a winner; a penalty shootout soon distinguished the third place team. High quality finishing took the score to 3-3 with Eddie’s penalty next. In true Sandball fashion he unleashed a barrel shot, going for a 2 pointer to finish the game. Make or break. The ball struck the post, giving Team Adolf third place.

Eddie Percy-Hughes beach handball shot at Sandball 2013

Photo credit: Helen Muskett

Final time, and a rematch of the last group stage game – Team Geoff versus Team Lee. Team Geoff (pic below) and their fans were out for revenge; and they didn’t disappoint. They took the first half 10-6 and the second 9-6, meaning a 2-0 victory and the title of Sandball 2013 champions!

Geoff Muskett beach handball shot at Sandball 2013

Photo credit: Helen Muskett

Inspiring a generation

After the tournament it was the over to the kids who had waited patiently, taking in the rules and showboating ethos demonstrated in the main competition.

Two games were played out with 18 children aged from 5 to 14 taking part. The sheer enthusiasm for the sport was obvious to see as the kids were pulling out 360’s, spins, twists and commando rolls.

Inspired by the excitement and energy of the kids game, Newquay Handball Club are planning to run sessions for youngsters from September. Email Geoff at for more information.

Join the club

NHC are looking to join the South and West Development league which is due to start in October. However they need players! Join us to be on the forefront of a new wave of Sport in Cornwall.

Newquay Handball Club run regular beach training sessions every Thursday night which are open to anyone over 16, no experience necessary. This will continue over the summer until the light is against us, at which time we will return to a sports hall for the winder months. Sessions start at 7pm and cost just £2 per person. Check, Newqhay Handball Club on Facebook, @newquayHandball on Twitter, for more information.

Thank yous

Newquay Handball Club would like to thank our kind sponsors of Sandball 2013; Plumbase for supplying equipment for the goals, Worlds Apart for supplying the T-shirts, The Print Environment for printing the banners, the Lighthouse Cinema for their sponsorship, the Extreme Academy for allowing us to take over part of the beach, and Leafhoppers for their continued support of the club. Sandball 2013 could not have happened without the support from these local companies – its great to receive contributions even through a tough economic climate

Sandball 2013: results

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Sandball 2013 winners

Full write-up to follow from a superb day of Beach Handball on Watergate Bay. Results from this inaugeral tournament are below:


Team Geoff 2 – 0 Team Lee

3rd/4th playoff

Team Adolf 1 – 1 Team Eddie (Team Adolf win on penalties)

Group stage results:

Team Played Won Lost Points
Team Lee 3 3 0 9
Team Geoff 3 2 1 6
Team Adolf 3 1 2 3
Team Eddie 3 0 3 0


Newquay Handball Club return from Plymouth with their heads held high

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A fantastic afternoon of handball saw Newquay take on the might of Plymouth University in a competitive friendly match at the university campus. What ensued was a hard-fought physical encounter that ended in a six point victory for Plymouth.

Bringing a squad eight strong, Newquay started with Geoff Muskett in goal, Lee Springlett left back, a not-fully-fit player/coach Jürgen Koenen at the back, Dan Code right back, Hauke Moll left wing, Kev Welsh circle player, Eddie Percy-Hughes right wing, with newcomer Alex Richards on the bench. Plymouth fielded an impressive outfit with quality and experience from seasoned players, plus talented load signings from Marjon.

The first third was dominated by Plymouth University seeing them take a lead of 13-5 as Newquay struggled to stand up to the physicality of the Plymouth team.

After a pep talk from the coach, the second third was a much closer affair as Newquay kept discipline, formation and played a more patient game. Some smart moves created space for the increasingly effective left winger Hauke who was a thorn in the side of Plymouth all afternoon. Solid performances from Lee, Alex and Dan, goals from Hauke, Eddie, Jürgen and a penalty from Kev meant Newquay held their own in the middle third, going into the final period 23-14 down.

Nursing an existing double hamstring injury,  Newquay had to play the final third without the class and experience of Jürgen Koenen. After a shakey start Newquay engaged the after burners, upping the tempo with quicker passes which caused problems in the Plymouth defence. Lee Springlett struck with a trademark leap after another probing run from left back. Trickster Hauke was now in full flow, teasing defenders and scoring some outrageous goals from the left wing position. Eddie’s stamina and impressive movement created space, and goals, for himself and others. Add to the mix solid a solid Alex with basketball skills showing though, 4 penalty saves from Geoff, and Kev at the back stopping players shooting by whatever means. Newquay could smell an unlikely comeback.

With debutant Dan Code bagging 4 goals in almost as many minutes, Newquay were ontop and had the bit between their teeth. It was full steam ahead for the visitors.

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Another goal from Eddie ultimately proved to be too little too late as the clock was against Newquay. Given another 5 minutes the outcome may have been different as Newquay’s confidence grew and grew.


Ending 30 points to 24, Plymouth arose victorious. A fine team and great game, bring on the rematch, potentially to be held on Newquay turf – or sand!

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Newquay handball club finish a triumphant second in inaugural tournament at Plymouth

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Since its formation in October 2012 the members of Newquay Handball Club have been practising technique, positional awareness, tactical strategies and more under the experienced guidance of coach Jürgen Koenen. All of this training was put to the test in the first handball tournament of its kind in Plymouth.

The tournament consisted of 2 teams from Plymouth Marjon, 1 team from Plymouth Uni and Newquay HC. Plymouth uni in particular consisted of some high profile and very experienced handball players.

In at the deep end, first up for Newquay was Plymouth Uni. Starting with Geoff Muskett in goal, Lee Springlett at right back, Jürgen Koenen at centre back, Kev Welsh at left wing, Hauke Moll circle player, Ben left wing and a stand in player at left back. Boosted by the presence of sidelined star player Alan Ledger, Newquay put in a spirited performance which ended in a score line of 4-8; reflective of the relative experience levels of the teams. A lesson in handball that would be quickly leaned from in the next game against Marjon A.

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This next game saw the return to nets for Kev, a natural born goalkeeper. Hauke moved to the left wing and Geoff took his position as circle player. A tight, low scoring game panned put thanks to some first class goalkeeping from Kev and some controversial refereeing decisions to disallow 2 Newquay goals from Ben for encroachment into the area. Goals from Hauke, Lee and Geoff took the score to 3-4. With 5 seconds remaining, spectators began the countdown to a Marjon victory, when Jürgen picked up the ball in midfield and drove at Marjon defence, finding Geoff with a deft pass, who found a yard of space to shoot and score; earning a well deserved draw for Newquay.

The final game was a second place playoff against Marjon B, who dispatched Marjon A 7-6 in the opener and went down 3-10 against Plymouth Uni. With the improved formula of battle wounded kev in goal, Geoff as circle player, Lee, Ben, Hauke, and Jürgen in the same positions as previous game, Newquay went into the game better prepared. Another close encounter ensued that could have gone either way way. After goals from all the outfield players, Newquay found themselves 7-8 down with only a few minutes remaining on the clock. They then sparked into action, bagging 3 to take the score to 10-8. A magnificent and memorable victory that secured second place, a fine achievement for the growing team.

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An outright success, the Plymouth handball tournament was enjoyed by all that took part or watched. Future tournaments will only be bigger and even better as more teams from the South West are invited to compete.

Newquay Handball Club are inviting new players to join the sport, the first session is free so come a give handball a try! Training is held at Newquay Treviglas School Sports Hub, Tuesday’s 8-9.30pm. However this may change to Thursday’s. Stay tuned on the website for updates.