Newcastle and Strathclyde Win Tyneside Handball Honours!0

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Newcastle Vikings’ ladies reclaimed their Tyneside Handball Tournament crown on Saturday, as the University of Strathclyde won the men’s competition in a fast-paced action-packed day of handball.

Hosted by Newcastle Vikings Handball Club, the annual tournament, now in it’s third year at South Shields’ Temple Park Leisure Centre, welcomed men’s and women’s teams from across northern England and Scotland competing in the group stages, play-offs and finals.  Newcastle Vikings’ men took on the newly-established Sunderland side, combined teams from York Hunters-Durham University and Edinburgh-Newcastle, the University of Strathclyde and reigning two-time champions Glasgow, while the Vikings women were up against Durham University, the University of Leeds and Edinburgh.

Edinburgh’s draw with Durham University in the last of the women’s group...

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Tyneside Handball Tournament Preview0

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The fourth annual Tyneside Handball Tournament returns to Temple Park Leisure Centre this Saturday 7 May.

Hosted by Newcastle Vikings Handball Club, who train and play their home matches at the South Shields venue, the fast-paced, action-packed Olympic sport will see teams from England and Scotland compete in the knockout cup competitions.  Spectator entry is free for anyone to go along and watch the men’s and women’s matches at any time throughout the day, 9am – 7:30pm in the main sports hall.

Hailing from Norway, home of the Olympic, World and European women’s handball champions, Newcastle Vikings’ head coach and chairperson Marlen Slinning founded the club with a group of fellow handball enthusiasts in September 2012 in the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“It’s really taken off and we’re developing rapidly as a club w...

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Vikings Ladies Suffer Cup Semi-Final Heartbreak!0

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Newcastle Vikings’ women’s team agonisingly lost their England Handball league cup semi-final by a single goal in the dying minutes to reigning champions London GD II on Saturday.

With Newcastle’s home venue unavailable this weekend, the re-match of last year’s league cup final took place at the Leeds Futsal arena, with the Vikings ladies looking for revenge over the experienced and well-drilled London Great Dane club.

The two teams traded goals during the opening stages, as right-half Alina Inta grabbed an early hat-trick split only by captain Sandra Christke’s strike from the line position.  The London side then took control to open out a four-goal advantage...

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Vikings Men Fight to the End0

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Newcastle Vikings’ men’s team were unfortunate to finish their England Handball North Regional Development League season on a losing note as they were narrowly beaten 23-22 by Liverpool Speke Garston in Sunday’s away fixture.

Half-player Stephan Stricker lead the way for the Vikings scoring eight goals, but four two-minute suspensions proved to be Newcastle’s downfall.

Stricker ‘s four first-half strikes were interspersed by goals from winger Matthew Lamb and fellow back-court players Johannes Bellm and James Porter, before Lamb added his second just before the interval with the Vikings trailing 11-8.

The second half started in similar vein with another four Stricker goals either side of a Lamb brace and one from centre Peter Schichtel...

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Vikings Ladies Score Big Win over Leeds Carnegie!0

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Newcastle Vikings women’s team finished their league season in style with a big 30-12 home win over Leeds Carnegie in their England Handball North Regional Development League match at South Shields’ Temple Park Leisure Centre on Saturday.

The Leeds Beckett University side took an early lead, but goals from right-half Alina Inta and Sofie Vaula’s brace from the line position kept the Vikings in touch during the early stages. Left-half Judyta Turulska, centre Sina Linsenmann and Inta each then scored twice from the back court as Newcastle began to find their flow to edge in front.  Player-coach Marlen Slinning came on to grab a quickfire brace from the wing before Inta’s fourth goal gave the home side a 12-7 half-time lead.

Newcastle dominated the second half however, extending their advantage with some free-flowing attacking plays and s...

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