Maccabi GB Handball 8 – 28 Islington Handball
Maccabi GB Handball showed passion and spirit in their latest England Handball Association (EHA) Regional Development League 2 match against an under-manned Islington side. However, the final result was to again highlight the difference in experience as the away side took the win by a 20-goal-margin at SportHouse.
The side was a mostly-unchanged one from the last match against Ruislip. However, Tony Tropp returned for the absent Alex Elf and Player/Manager, Adam Goldsmith, had to deputise as Back.
Maccabi GB started the more positive side, stringing a number of passes and moves together which showed how far they had come since the club started only a few months ago. Shots from Dean Caplin and Tropp tested the Islington keeper and, although MGB’s opponents went ahead on three separate occasions, the tie was proving to be a close contest as two break-away goals saw Goldsmith grab a brace.
However, as the half went on, Islington’s goring runs through the middle of the court ended in a number of consecutive goals scored. Maccabi GB Handball’s defence was being opened up continually and even goals from Tropp, Stein and Goldsmith were not enough to made their opponent’s heads drop.
After the interval, there was a repeat of Maccabi GB’s last two matches – where fatigue set in – and, despite a number of attacking chances, there was no real cutting edge and the net was only bulging at the wrong end. Joey Carr, Adam Berg and debutant, Daniel Alexander were working hard to increase their side’s tally, but in the end, even goals from Caplin and Tropp were not enough to put the Slingshot’s ‘goals for’ into double figures for this match. Islington continued their ruthlessness in front of goal and, thanks to heroics in goal from Joshua Pinhass – one an impressive penalty save – the score-line finished just short of 30.
Maccabi GB Handball could feel a little disappointed, considering their positive start, but each game is a learning curve and the heart shown by the players on the court will see them ultimately improve each week. Special mention must go to MGB Man of the Match, Daniel Sichel, who worked tirelessly in defence and sprayed the ball about in attack.
Maccabi GB Handball Club Coach, Tony Tropp, said after the game, “The players looked a little deflated after the game, but that just goes to show how well they played in the first half! They have nothing to feel bad about as they are visibly improving each match and they have the courage and passion to get out on the court on go again.”
Liam Stein (Captain)
Adam Goldsmith (Player/Manager)
Maccabi GB Handball is still recruiting for players. Jewish athletes over the age of 16, and have good athletic ability, are encouraged to visit www.maccabigb.org/handball, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0208 457 2333 for more info. No experience is necessary as Handball is a very easy game to pick up.
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