Vikings Ladies So Close to Peninsula Upset0

Newcastle Vikings women’s team came within just one goal of causing an unexpected upset in their top-of-the-table England Handball North Regional Development League match against a strong Peninsula side on Saturday.

A busy day of handball at South Shields’ Temple Park Leisure Centre began with the morning’s Under 16 Tyne & Wear County handball trials.  20 girls and eight boys selected following last month’s Handball Schools Festival turned up for the first round of trials in front of a large crowd of family supporters, with the second round due to take place on Sunday 12 February ahead of the Vikings’ home matches against Liverpool women and Liverpool Speke Garston men.

Newcastle Vikings ladies took an early lead in the following league match, the opener appropriately scored by captain Sandra Christke on her birthday...

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Vikings Ladies Shoot Down Leeds, but Men Handed Defeat!0

Newcastle Vikings Handball Club’s women’s team scored a convincing 29-8 victory away to Leeds Carnegie on Saturday, but their men’s team went down to a 19-27 defeat to the table-topping Leeds Beckett University club the following day.

The women’s match saw the Leeds students take an early lead, before Maren Liane’s brace from the right-half position soon put the Vikings ahead and the Newcastle side never looked back.  Captain Sandra Christke on the line, left-winger Blessing Ogbee, centre Rebecka Östergren and left-half Judyta Turulska all added their names to the scoresheet in turn, while goalkeeper Andrea King denied Carnegie a penalty shot before they missed another.

Ogbee’s second was quickly followed by three more from Christke and further goals from Östergren and Liane, and then a brilliant hat-trick of flying wing strikes from a...

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Schools Enjoy Tyne & Wear Handball Festival Fun!0

The first Tyne & Wear Handball Schools Festival on Friday 9 December proved a huge success and was thoroughly enjoyed by all the schoolchildren who took part.

Hosted by Newcastle Vikings Handball Club in association with Marlen’s Handball Coaching, and funded through Tyne & Wear Sport’s satellite club grant award, the tournament at the Vikings’ home match venue Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields saw over 150 Under-15 and Under-13 girls and boys teams taking part in an action-packed day.

Mortimer Community College and St. Wilfrids RC College made it a victorious double for South Shields schools in the morning’s girls competitions.  Mortimer won all three of their matches over Walbottle Campus (2-1), Whitley Bay High School (4-1), and Churchill Community College (3-1) to take the U15s title, while in the U13s St...

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Vikings Win Derby Double over Sunderland!0

Newcastle Vikings’ men beat local rivals Sunderland 35-27 in a pulsating England Handball North Regional Development League match at Sunderland College on Sunday afternoon, to make it a derby double following their 16-13 home win at the start of the season.

Centre Peter Schichtel set the ball rolling in the first minute, soon followed by goals from half David Topacho and wingers Matthew Lamb and Adam Mobberley before Schichtel scored his second.  Great Britain Under-21 winger Niall Flanagan, returning for his first Vikings appearance of the season after international duty, came on to grab a quick-fire hat-trick, soon adding his fourth on a fast break after braces from Lamb and Topacho...

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Durham Take First Round of North East League0

Durham University won Sunday’s first round of the North East Handball League’s second season.  Played at Sunderland College’s Bede Campus, this first round of matches featured just the men’s teams of Newcastle Vikings, Durham University and Sunderland, with the women’s teams and York Hunters set to join the fray for the second round in the new year.

Durham opened with an 8-5 win over Sunderland, before beating Newcastle 12-7.  Sunderland then gained their only win of the day in defeating an experimental Newcastle side 10-5, the Vikings taking the opportunity to give several new and less regular players a chance to play more game time.

The second batch of matches saw Durham gain 8-6 and 14-12 victories over Newcastle and Sunderland respectively to finish the day unbeaten, while the final match between Sunderland and Newcastle ended in a...

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