Vikings Win Derby Double over Sunderland!0

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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

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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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Vikings Handed Tough Defeats at Leeds University0

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After last weekend’s victories, Newcastle Vikings men’s and women’s teams suffered contrastingly tough defeats away to Leeds University in Sunday’s England Handball North Regional Development League fixtures in Bradford.  The Vikings women battled all the way before cruelly losing by just one goal 23-22, but the men’s team fell to a heavy 31-18 defeat.

Newcastle’s ladies had taken an early lead through half Judyta Turulska, soon followed by goals from fellow back-court players Rebecka Östergren and Alina Inta, but the Leeds students pulled back to 6-6 mid-way through the half before taking the lead themselves...

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Vikings Drawn Away to Reading in EHA League Cup0

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Newcastle Vikings’ men’s and women’s teams have both been drawn away against Reading in their first England Handball League Cup matches of the season.  The Vikings teams will both travel to play the South West Regional Development League club at the Loddon Valley Leisure Centre on 4 March 2017.

Eight teams have entered the women’s League Cup this season.  2015 cup final runners-up and 2016 semi-finalists Newcastle Vikings will play Reading Lionesses in the first quarter-final round on 4 March 2017, with the winners going on to play either reigning champions London GD 2 or Brighton in the semi-final on the weekend of 22/23 April 2017.  In the other half of the draw, Southampton take on the University of Leeds and Liverpool play Cranfield University.

Newcastle’s men have received a welcome bye in the first round, and with only six te...

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Vikings Ladies Thrash Leeds Carnegie to make it Two Wins in Two Days!0

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Newcastle Vikings women followed up Saturday’s away victory over Manchester with a powerful display to thrash Leeds Carnegie 26-10 on Sunday at South Shields’ Temple Park Leisure Centre and make it two wins in two days.

Captain Sandra Christke was on fire from the start as her four quick strikes from the line position and half Judyta Turulska’s brace opened out a commanding lead for the Vikings in their second England Handball North Regional Development League match of the weekend.  Goalkeeper Andrea King pulled off several good one-on-one saves, Maren Liane scored from the right wing, half Alina Inta and centre Rebecka Östergren each added doubles and Turulska scored her third to give the home side a 12-7 half-time lead.

The Vikings’ defensive solidity was even more impressive in the second half, restricting the Leeds Beckett Unive...

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