Vikings Men Runaway to Victory as Ladies Just Miss Out Again!0

Newcastle Vikings’ men ran out to a 24-11 home victory over Liverpool Speke Garston in the England Handball North Regional Development League on Sunday, as the Vikings ladies were unlucky to fall to their third consecutive single-goal defeat.

A busy day of handball action at South Shields’ Temple Park Leisure Centre began with the morning’s second round of the Under 16 Tyne & Wear County handball trials, with 22 girls and 11 boys turning up be put through their paces as they push for selection for the first County junior handball teams.

Newcastle Vikings and Liverpool’s women then took to the court for their first league meeting of the season.  The away team grabbed an early lead before centre Maren Liane fired in a cracking brace of goals to level things up and captain Sandra Christke struck a quick hat-trick from the line position...

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Single Goals in it as Vikings Just Miss Out to Manchester0

Newcastle Vikings’ men and women’s teams both succumbed to agonising one-goal defeats at home to Manchester in Sunday’s England Handball North Regional Development League matches at South Shields’ Temple Park Leisure Centre.

It was the second consecutive single-goal league defeat in a row for the Vikings ladies in another close-fought game that never saw either side manage to open up more than a two-goal advantage throughout.  Manchester found the back of the net first, before captain Sandra Christke’s clever flick from the edge of the goal area and strikes from wingers Blessing Ogbee and Meghan Acres edged Newcastle in front...

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Vikings Men Hand Win to Liverpool0

Newcastle Vikings Handball Club’s men’s team let slip a 12-11 half-time lead to go down 26-29 away to Liverpool Speke Garston in Sunday’s England Handball North Regional Development League encounter.

Wingers Adam Mobberley and Great Britain Under-21 international Niall Flanagan set the ball rolling for the away side.  Holger Schulz added one from the line position before centre Mohammed Ghuloum’s brace.  Captain David Topacho also fired in from the back-court, before the wingers took control again with a double from Matthew Lamb and three more from Flanagan to give the Vikings a narrow one-goal lead at the break.

Ghuloum’s hat-trick at the start of the second half was split only by one from right-half Jonathan Bastit.  Liverpool nevertheless edged in front...

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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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