Tough Start for Vikings Ladies at Reformed Peninsula0


It proved to be a tough opening to the England Handball North Regional Development League season for Newcastle Vikings’ women as they suffered a frustrating 16-34 defeat away to Merseyside club Peninsula in Warrington on Sunday.

The Peninsula team were much-changed from previous seasons, clearly benefiting from a summer merger with nearby Deva Handball Club’s women’s team and coaching from Great Britain handball international and London 2012 Olympian Chris McDermott.  The home side got off to a flying start with some quick attacking plays to open out an early lead as the Vikings sought to find their feet and cope with their offensive moves, half-player Judyta Turulska’s double eventually getting Newcastle on the scoresheet.

A quick-fire treble from centre Rebecka Östergren and fellow back-court player Alina Inta briefly closed the gap...

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Vikings Go Fourth in Edinburgh Tournament0


Newcastle Vikings men had an early start on Saturday morning to drive north of the border for the annual Edinburgh International Handball Tournament.

A slow start saw them go down 2-10 in their first group game to London’s Olympia, before then drawing 5-5 in the second game against hosts Edinburgh.  However, the Vikings grew into the tournament beating Dublin International 8-6 to advance to the next stage of the competition where they faced Strathclyde-Glasgow University in the quarter-finals.

With the pace of the game getting even quicker in the knockout stages, Newcastle pulled out an early lead thanks in part to the heroics of goalkeeper Daniel Walsh who kept them in the game and helped ensure the Vikings held out for a 6-4 victory over Strathclyde-Glasgow and progress to the next round.

The semi-final saw Newcastle face fe...

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Newcastle Vikings Handed League Derby Win by Sunderland0


Newcastle Vikings Handball Club’s men got off to a winning start to the new England Handball North Regional Development League season, fighting back from behind in a tense Tyne & Wear derby encounter to snatch a 16-13 home victory as Sunderland’s goalkeeper saw red in the final minutes.

The match at the Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields was the first time the two North East sides had met in a competitive league game, having only previous played each other in friendly tournaments.  The newly-formed Sunderland Handball Club got off to a flying start as centre Dimitrios Pappas fired them in front inside the first minute, but the Vikings soon pulled back through captain David Topacho from the right half position.

The two sides then continued to trade blows throughout an evenly-matched first half in which both sides struggled with...

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Newcastle v Sunderland Derby to Start New Season!0

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Newcastle Vikings Handball Club’s 2016/17 season begins next Saturday 1 October with a home Tyne & Wear derby men’s match against the newly established Sunderland Handball Club.

The England Handball North Regional Development League match will take place at 2pm at the Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields.  Spectators are welcome to come along to watch all matches and entry is free.

The Vikings’ women will start their third Regional Development League season with an away match against Merseyside-based Peninsula in Wrexham on 23 October.  Their first home match of the season will be against Leeds Carnegie on 6 November 2016.

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Handball Training Resumes for 2016/17 Season0

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Newcastle Vikings Handball Club training resumes next week ahead of the new season, starting next Monday evening 5 September at Temple Park Leisure Centre in South Shields (juniors 7:30-8:30pm / seniors 7:30-9:30pm) and next Wednesday evening 7 September at Hedleys Sport Academy in Killingworth (juniors 7-8pm / seniors 8-10pm).  New beginners and experienced handball players welcome!

NVHC Training Poster 2016-17

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