Junior Vikings Handed the Spotlight0

Junior handballers took the spotlight on another busy day of handball action at Temple Park Leisure Centre on Saturday 18th March.

The morning saw over 30 girls and boys gather at the South Shields venue for the third round of the Tyne & Wear County Handball Trials, all vying to be selected for a place in the first Under-16 county handball teams.

They were followed by a mini-tournament of mixed 5-a-side handball matches between some of Newcastle Vikings’ junior players, all cheered on by lots of family supporters.

The Purples opened with 3-0 and 4-1 wins over the Reds and Greens respectively, before the Reds defeated the Greens 1-0.  The Reds and Purples then drew 4-4, before the Purples won 6-5 over the Greens and the Greens then beat the Reds 2-1.

The undefeated Purples won the competition with 11 points, ahead of the Reds on 7 and Gr...

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Vikings Season Ends in Liverpool Defeat0

Newcastle Vikings Handball Club’s league season came to an end with a 21-14 away loss to the unbeaten Liverpool ladies side at the Greenbank Academy on Saturday .

The hosts got off to a quick start opening up an early three-goal lead, before Blessing Ogbee’s near-post strike from the left wing got the Vikings’ ball rolling.  Newcastle closed the gap to two through goals from right-half Alina Inta and captain Sandra Christke from the line position, but despite some determined defending at the other end of the court they were unable to withhold several decisive Liverpool attacks on the fast-breaks, despite the best efforts of Andrea King between the posts.  Liverpool’s goalkeeper meanwhile continued to pull off a series great saves to frustrate the Vikings’ shots, with two Inta penalties the only further breakthroughs during the first half...

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Schools Handed Tyne & Wear County Finals Honours0

The Tyne & Wear Handball School Games County Finals on Thursday 9th March saw Sunderland schools Biddick Academy and Oxclose Community Academy take the Under-15 girls and boys honours respectively, with South Tyneside’s St. Wilfrids RC College winning the U13 girls competition and North Tyneside’s Churchill Community College the U13 boys champions.

Hosted by Tyne & Wear Sport in partnership with Newcastle Vikings Handball Club and Sunderland Handball Club, 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 from schools representing each of the five Tyne & Wear districts taking part in an action-packed day, thoroughly enjoyed by all the schoolchildren who took part.

South Shields’ St...

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Vikings’ Fight to Tame the Lions Ends in Cup Defeats!0

Newcastle Vikings’ men’s and women’s teams were both knocked out of the England Handball League Cup on Saturday away to Reading Lions, but still came away with their heads held high after gutsy team performances highlighted by first Vikings goals for both regular goalkeepers!

Having set off from Newcastle at 4:30am and a seven-hour coach ride to Reading’s Loddon Valley Leisure Centre, it was always going to be tough for two depleted makeshift Vikings teams with several players having to play out of their usual positions.

The men’s national League Cup semi-final was first up and the Vikings initially kept pace with the bigger more powerful Lions side, thanks to right-half Johannes Bellm’s early brace and one from Matthew Lamb playing in the unfamiliar centre position...

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Vikings Go Jorvik in the North East Handball League0

The third round of the friendly North East handball league took place on Sunday at York St. John’s University as part of York Hunters Handball Club’s first handball festival.

The hosts opened on a winning note in defeating Newcastle Vikings men 6-5, with a combined Sunderland/Durham University men’s team then beating the University of York 8-3.

Next up was the first of two women’s matches between the Newcastle Vikings ladies (featuring a couple of Sunderland and York Hunters players) and the University of York.  The Vikings team dominated both games, first winning 10-1 and then 11-1 in the second match.  In between, Newcastle’s men defeated the University of York 8-6 and Sunderland/Durham won 7-4 against York Hunters.

The final matches of the day saw the Vikings run out 8-4 victors over Sunderland/Durham, before York Hunters rounded ...

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