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Double win for Eagles!

November 7, 2021

This Saturday was awaited with great anticipation, as it was be the last double feature game of year 2021. Eagles were hosting Cambridge men and Cambridge/London Angels mix in women's game. Our women's team was looking to get another win after well fought for victory against Olympia, while men after 3 losses were determined to get their full set of points.

Women were the first to go again and you couldn't have asked for a better first half than the one performed by Eagles. Impeccably prepared by coach Paul Dempsey, the main task was to neutralise the opponents' most dangerous players. Great disposition in defence, paired with Erika Hodosi's fantastic performance in goal, allowed Cambridge Angels to score only 3 goals in the first half, while Eagles managed to put the ball in the net 12 times.

The game became more balanced in the second half, with each team adding 8 goals to their tally and the significant lead gained in the first half allowed Eagles to get their second win of the season, 20:11. The best player of the game was awarded to Chiara Bolze, who was the top scorer with fantastic 11 goals.

Hodosi, Begum - Bolze 11, Powyszyńska 5, Seri 2, Bell 1, Thornhill 1, Cruz, Henriquez, Lapuente-Uranga, Recska, White, Zöllei

Coach - P. Dempsey

Men's team game was set to be thrilling before it even started, with both Eagles and Cambridge winless so far and in the lower half of the league table, and both sides aware that this is their chance to improve their position.

The match started well in defence, but the first 3 fast break chances were wasted and after which Eagles focused on working for their goals in positional attack. Cambridge, despite their short bench, kept up with the pace and together with Eagles was exchanging blows evenly through the entire first half, with neither team being able to gain a bigger lead. The first 30 minutes ended up with a draw 12:12.

The second half proved more fruitful for Eagles, who step by step were able to gain a 5 goal lead, despite spending 12 minutes with one player less on the court due to the penalties. Good team effort in defense and great offensive burst of Sam El Gardha, who scored all his 5 goals in the late stages of the half, gave us the advantage which proved crucial for the last minutes of the game. Cambridge, attempting to level the score, coverted to one on one defence with 4 minutes still left on the clock and managed to decrease the goal difference to one point. Eagles with the final whistle kept the 25:24 lead and got their first win of the season. Deividas Krakauskas, playing his first game after coming back from a serious knee injury, with 5 goals and strong defensive performance was chosen the player of the game.

Kawa, Bernspang - Krakauskas 5, El Gardha 5, Nofalia 4, Podobnik 3, Mechri 2, Gordulic 2, Cap 1, Mahoney 1, Rodriguez 1, Ishida

Coach - E. Pana

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Eagles lose but leave us hopeful for the future

October 24, 2021

In their third game of the season, men's team was hosting Nottingham HC, who were coming to London full amount of points. It was bound to be the another difficult game. Lessons were learnt though and longer than usual break between the matches allowed Eagles to prepare themselves better for this clash.

First half started with our team needing a moment to adjust to Nottingham's goalkeeper, who started the game with couple saves. Luckily Tomasz in our goal also managed to stop couple shots, what kept the damage low. Eagles' bag of goals was finally opened twice in a row by Steve Kamogue Hameni, who only started to play handball couple of months ago, and who by doing so also scored his first goals in the senior league. Another player scoring his first goals in the PHL, and getting his debut, was Joe Mahoney who was recently called to GB U18 camp and despite his young age had a good game on both ends of the court. Despite better performance Nottingham was able to finish the first half with 6 goals advantage, using our mistakes or their gk's good form to slowly gradually build the lead.

The second half haven't immediately brought improvement, as the goal difference widened with time to 11:22. Then Eagles started to chip away at the gap goal by goal by converting fast break opportunities and putting a higher gear in offence, where Monzer Nofialia, chosen best player of the team, was the main executor, amassing 10 goals in total whether by driving into 6 meters, scoring from hip shots or almost faultlessly converting the penalties. That turn of the tables however came too late as 60 minutes passed at the 22:27 score.


Despite the loss it was good to see the performance improving with every game week and seeing our young players getting their first goals in the English top-flight league. We are also delighted to see Tomo back on the court after injury sustained in the first game of the season.

Next game coming on 6th of November, make sure to be there!

Kawa, Bernspang - Nofalia 10, Rodriguez 3, Gordulic 2, Mahoney 2, Kamogue Hameni 2, Cap 1, Darie 1, Mechri 1, Ishida, El Gardha

Coach - E. Pana

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First games for our junior teams!

October 17, 2021

Leaves are changing colour, strictly come dancing is on TV and kids are back at school so it must mean the that a new handball season has started. Our senior teams have already kicked their seasons off against London GD and Olympia.  Both squads are growing, have found a watering hole with pizza for Saturday evenings and in the event of cancelled training session decided on a social event rather than doing a 5km!  On court they are clearly improving game on game.  This coming weekend our men take on Nottingham following by both teams taking on Cambridge on the 6th Nov.

On Saturday our U16 girls took to the court against Bishops Stortford U16 in the first round of the South League.  This was a long-awaited moment for me as it was some of these girls were the first group to train at Gunnersbury back on the 15th April.  Four of them took to the court on Saturday along two new eagles who hatched – Hajrah & Ashiya.  Now normally I have the instructions from Imi to take the picture before they play but as Kiki (missuppty) was in charge for her first game as coach I had to double check that no offensive or lethal weapons were on her person so I forgot to take a picture!  Mainly because I was refereeing with Tomasz so needed to ensure our safety in the event of a contentious decision.  And no I did not do a physical check.  Kiki handed me the scissors after the game.! Our girls did were dominate and well done to Kiki and the team on securing their first win of the season.  Big shout to Grace and Hajrah for the long journey that both of them had yesterday.  The girls did note that no picture was take but decided to make a quick exit to avoid the red face photo scenario.

On Sunday our U21 Men played against Nottingham and Carshalton.  The U21 is a new competition.  Unfortunately, there was insufficient teams to run a Women’s U21 – Next season!  Both games were edge of the seat stuff with a win against Nottingham 26-25 while we were on the other side in a 25-23 defeat against Carshalton.  Our U21 were joined by two Imperial Eagles – yes there is another Eagles Handball club in West London – Alexandar and Elliot. Looking for the next round in November.  A mention in dispatches for Evan for coming back from Leeds to play and to Benji for going into goal.

As a club we are growing at the top end with new members as well as developing our relationship with various universities in the area.  Also, in the younger ages we have established U14 training sessions on a Saturday at Gunnersbury as well as an extra girl’s session on a Thursday.  They seem to be enjoying themselves as they are coming back.  Big thanks to Paul, Kiki, Frank, Emma Jane & Toby for helping with the training sessions on a Saturday but also to Mel for giving time to future Eagles from an original Eagle and for Marc on the county sessions.  Really looking for to our U14 Boys and Girls first handball game.  Indeed, we have eggs incubating at U16 & U19 that hopefully soon will hatch.  Still need more eggs at U16 & U19 so please over calls, a coffee, over lunch mentioned handball with colleagues and friends to spread the word.  In terms of juniors Aleks and our U19 Men will travel to Bournemouth at the end of the month for their first competitive outing. 

All sections of the club have now started, and the season is up and running and our seniors have learnt the joy of cleaning the floor at Gunnersbury.  I hope everyone is enjoying their handball. 

We have a great club and it is really great to be involved in a diverse and dynamic club which is reflective of West London.  There is a few of us with injuries at the moment and hope to see you back soon on court rather on the side providing your words of wisdom.  However, the fact that you on the side is great.  Additionally ,there is challenges that some of us face outside of handball and as a club we are there.

Take care

Peter

ps thanks to Debbie and Bianca for doing the washing this week!

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Women get their first win after a thriller! Men lose, but after much improved performance.

September 27, 2021

The second week of Premier Handball League saw both our senior teams face Olympia HC in another London derby. After unsuccessful beginning of the season against London GD, Eagles spent the following two weeks improving themselves.

Women's team began this weekend again and had much better start of the game, managing to build up a 4 goal advantage without conceding a goal. They managed to do that despite losing our starting left back, Maddie Edwards, to ankle injury. Eagles were putting up a good fight in defence and when failing to do so, Erika Hodosi, debuting in our team in goal, were there to save her teamates from consequences. Initial energy started to fizzle out with time though, and Olympia was able to first even out the score and finally finish the first half with two goal advantage. 13-15 at the halftime.

Second half was the continuation of the fight for 3 points, enjoyed by excited supporters of both teams. On Eagles' side the offense in the second half was carried by two another debutants, back player Chiara Bolze, who scored 6 of her 7 total goals in the second half, and left winger Stefania Ilinca, who was deadly from the corner with 6 goals total to her name. It would be remiss not to mention here Eagles' top scorer Wiktoria Powyszyńska, who put the ball in Olympia's net 10 times, majority of them from penalties, at which Wiki was faultless that day.


The last blow however was dealt by Naomi Bell, who set the final score to 31:30 and gave Eagles their first victory of 2021/2022 season. With this cherry on top of her total 4 goals and great overall performance she was chosen the Player of the Game.

Hodosi, Begum - Powyszyńska 10, Bolze 7, Ilinca 6, Bell 4, Leung 2, Thornhill 1, Edwards 1, Lapuente-Uranga, Holm Roppen, Zollei, Seri

Coach: P. Dempsey

Encouraged by women's fantastic result, our men's team set out to show themselves in a good light as well. With five debutants in the team, but also with three players missing due to injuries from the the first game, Eagles began the game with different quality of defence compared to the previous match. As women before them, men also managed to get a good start here and get the initial lead, with Monzer Nofalia, one of the newcomers and Eagles' top scorer with 6 goals total, putting the ball 5 times in the net during the first half, while also being a physically dominating presence in both attack and defence. However, Eagles were not able to hold on to their goal advantage and with each passing minute were gradually overtaken by Olympia, who with good push in the final minutes of the first half extended their lead to 17:12 by halftime.

The second half of the game saw Eagles trying to keep up the fight and try to chase the opponents, but after 15 minutes into the second half men's team started to lose the steam, which was used by Olympia to extend the lead by numerous fast breaks and finish the game with 43:21 victory.

Despite the loss, it was good to the see the team in much better spirits and feeling better on both ends of the court. Well done to all the newcomers, who scored 15 out of the 21 goals. The Player of the Team however went to the long-time goalkeeper Tomasz Kawa, who had a good day in the goal that day, with 5 saved penalty shots.

Kawa, Bernspang - Nofalia 6, El Gardha 5, Gordulic 4, Cap 3, Mihaila 2, Darie 1, Malik, Mechri, Rais, Bridges, Kamogue Hameni

Coach: E. Pana

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Eagles happy to be back on court, despite two losses against London GD

September 12, 2021

It's been 912 days since our senior teams played their last league game which was more than enough time for all the players to miss the thrill of competing. We had two games against strong London GD to inaugurate the long awaited season.

Women were the first to play and were goin head to head with their opponents for the biggest part of the first half, with Maddie Edwards, Lydia Leung and Erika Recska bagging 3 goals each in the first 30 minutes of the game. Eventually GD was able to get ahead to finish the half with a 15:11 lead.

The second half started on a worse note, with Eagles not being able to find the way into London GD's net, who on the other hand steadily increased their lead into 8 goals, which remained on the end score 28:20. Lydia Leung, in her first official game for Eagles, was chosen the best player of the team. Worth noting is also the performance of Ania Thornhill, nominally a court player, who stepped into the goal for the entire match and had a good game.

Thornhill - Recska 6, Leung 4, Edwards 4, Holm Roppen 3, Powyszyńska 2, Bell 1, White, Lapuente-Uranga

Men's team didn't have an easy task either, with their opponents showing up in good numbers, playing tough defense and using that to score easy goals from fast breaks. With Eagles additionally losing 3 players to the injuries throughout the game and losing the first half 9:20, it was clear that it would be impossible to get a good result that day.


Kudos to the players for fighting till the last whistle and taking that loss in good spirits, looking ahead to learn from it. Silviu-Gabriel Munteanu, only 16 years old and with 5 goals to his name that day, was chosen the best player of the team.

Kawa, Bernspang - Munteanu 5, Darie 4, Cap 3, Podobnik 1, Bridges 1, Malik, Nikolov, Ishida, Nuttall, Pustovalov, Brzozowski, Rais

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Men's team starts their pre-season

August 13, 2021

The pre-season has landed! It's great to see our men's team back at it. As it is usually the case with coming back from a break, we did some cardio and worked with cones and ladders to make sure we will be ready for the season.


Another outdoor session next week, but before that happens, we will actually get back on court for the open session this Saturday to celebrate #iamteamgb. Send us a message if you would like to join!

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Join us for Eagles' Open Day

August 9, 2021

Join us for our second open day to give handball a try. Everyone welcome!

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Try handball at #IamteamGB open day

August 9, 2021

Inspired by Team GB’s involvement at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer, I Am Team GB’s Festival of Sport taking place on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 August will be a celebration of movement, with free and fun activities taking place across the country to help you get up and get active.

West London Eagles are excited to be getting involved in the I am team GB festival this Summer. Click  here to see details for the handball part of the event. See you there!

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Eagles finish the season with fun times at BBHC

July 26, 2021

With the first half of year 2021 not providing us with many opportunities to play handball, our players made up for it with participation in the annual British Beach Handball Championships. 


With two days of games from morning untill late afternoon, our senior teams not only ended up with good results, especially considering the fact that many players were new to this variant of handball, with women ending up on the 4th place and men on the 7th.But the scores weren't important that weekend, as it was first and foremost a great opportunity for our players to spend some time together and have fun!


We are already waiting for the next year's edition!

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Eagles and Hawks to work together again!

July 19, 2021

West London Eagles and Brunel University Handball Club have agreed for the re- establishment of a closer partnership that would boost player development and competitive opportunities in West London.
The partnership intends to provide more opportunity to the university and community club players to work together, and be able to play more handball against and alongside each other.
Both clubs aim to make it a solid and sustainable partnership.


#WestSideStrongSide #WestLondonEagles #SoarHigher #Englandhandball #handball #Londonhandball

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Eagles' AGM and End of the Season Awards took place online on 17th July

November 9, 2020

The following players received the awards at the end of the season:


Women's Team

Player of the Year - Sunniva Ovstebo-Naess

Most Improved Player - Amy Bishop

Most Improved Player - Marie Bertrand

Most Improved Player - Akira Adeniran-Lowe

Eagle Award - Maria Seri


Men's Team

Player of the Year - Tomasz Kawa

Most Improved Player - Evan Mark

Players' MVP - Fabio Goutet

Eagle Award - Mateusz Florczak


U19 Girls

Players of the Year - Zoe Lacour and Akira Adeniran-Lowe

Most Improved Player - Isabella Bujosa-Armora

Players' MVPs - Zoe Lacour and Akira Adeniran-Lowe


U19 Boys

Player of the Year - Lorenz Berberich

Most Improved Player - Alex Davis

Eagle Award - Evan Mark

Players' MVP - Lorenz Berberich


U16 Girls

Player of the Year - Emma Thomann

Most Improved Player - Alketa Ahmetaj

Players' MVP - Emma Thomann


U16 Boys

Player of the Year - Myles Gannon

Most Improved Player - Ernesto Lo Giudice

Eagle Award - Joe Mahoney

Players' MVP - Myles Gannon

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Two Eagles Shortlisted For Ealing Sports Awards 2020

August 12, 2020

After a successful 2019 iteration of this event, this year we got two people shortlisted for Ealing Sports Awards.With great pleasure we received the information that two Eagles have been shortlisted for the annual Ealing Sports Awards. Peter Gannon was shortlisted for Adult Volunteer award and Zoe Lacour for Junior Sportsperson Award. More below on the many ways in which Peter helps our club thrive, and further on the plenty of reasons for Zoe's nomination. Thank you both for doing a fantastic work!


Peter has been an outstanding addition to the West London Eagles junior handball management team. His interest in handball has been increasing over the years. Peter humbly offered a helping hand with some junior organisation tasks first but his contribution just kept growing and growing. With a fresh approach Peter brought a new positive energy to ensure the junior section remains successful, vibrant and viable. He has been working a lot behind the scene on team administration, communication with the players’ parents, tournament organisation and travelling, equipment funding and a lot more.


Peter took the England Handball Association certification to become a qualified Table Official for league and tournament games and is in the process to take the official refereeing qualification. He also completed the UK Coaching Sport Safeguarding and Protecting Children qualification and other England Handball CPDs to start supporting on the coaching front too. This demonstrates his strong desire to expand his knowledge of the sport. In the process he has also been very keen to encourage and accompany some of the young players who are interested in taking the available coaching and officiating qualifications.


His involvement did not stop at club level as Peter also took time off work to referee 7 School Games tournaments for the borough of Ealing between last November and January supporting the Willow Tree SSP.


Peter is very reliable, very approachable and a great friendly person to have around in the club. The club cannot thank him enough for all the help. He takes a great part in the successful season the club can enjoy at junior level.

Zoe:

After the very successful previous season in which Zoe won the EHA Cup with senior women and silver medal in U19 national final, she remained a stellar player for Eagles' senior and U19 teams, and for the GB U18 national team. With the senior Eagles in this season cut short, she was the top scorer for the team with 54 goals, in the top 3 of league scorers, chosen the team's game MVP 4 times. As a cherry on top of that cake she was also awarded the senior team's season MVP as voted by the players. All that before she was able to celebrate her 18th birthday!


As can be guessed, Zoe did no worse in the U19 Eagles, where she was a top scorer for her team and together with Akira created a formidable duo, sharing with her the coach's and players' player of the year award.


Last but not least, Zoe has been proudly representing Eagles on the international stage, where with GB U19's she took part in various tournaments and European U19 Women Championship, where she got chosen a player of the team in the game against Greece.


#WestLondonEagles #Soarhigher #EalingSportsAwards #Ealing #handball #Englandhandball #Londonhandball #hndbl

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Men's POTY for season 2019/2020

June 19, 2020

Men's team has chosen its Player Of The Year by having a Top3 vote. Despite the difficult and challenging 19/20 season being cut short by coronavirus, we still got through biggest part of it. The players were asked to cast their votes on their TOP3 players ranking and the results are as follows.


FABIO GOUTET, left back, is our men's team Player Of The Year! With his 90 goals scored in only 8 games, giving him an impressive 11.3 PPG average, Fabio was chosen game mvp 4 times. Reliable first choice penalty taker, with many of them won on fouls on himself. All that while playing 60 minutes every game without substituting and being a key player in defence as well. Congratulations and many more seasons like this!


TOMASZ KAWA, Goalkeeper, ended up on the 2nd place, the only player in the team who played in all 12 games of the season, both in goal and on the court, being an anchor of stability during this these uncertain times. He also drove to the training sessions our 3rd place player,


LORENZ BERBERICH, pivot. Despite his young age he was a crucial figure not only in the men's team, where at times he had to play out of his usual position and cover the back player position, scoring 30 goals in 7 games with 4.3 PPG, but also for our U19 junior team, where the season was stopped before they got their chances in the play-offs.


Thank you for giving Eagles your best and good luck in the next season!


#WestLondonEagles #Soarhigher #Londonhandball #Englandhandball #handball #hndbl

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Throwback to 2010 EHA Cup victory

June 17, 2020

10 years ago! EHA Cup Winner after a thrilling game and a last second penalty scored!


Motivation was easy to find for the Eagles as the handball forum unilaterally predicted a walkover for Manchester HC - a top team at that time.


"But then something happened..."


Longstanding player Fabien Colette recalled: "I was feeling fairly confident before the match as I could see on the faces everyone was focused on the task. I never thought Manchester were unbeatable and I knew if we could be disciplined at the back we had all our chances to upset them. Realistically Being the clear underdogs we only needed to be at striking distance in the money time.
After the game I was filled with some deep emotions and was so proud we had defeated them. During the medals/Cup ceremony the emotion and the joy was as strong as a first title feeling. In the changing room I felt like with this team and on that day we would have defeated anybody. Later we learnt they had brought Champagne with them. It made the victory even sweeter."

Highlights of the 2010 EHA Cup final:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f-lbPTXTv4

Reunion was obviously not possible but to be rearranged

2010 team:
Candide Leon, Karl Chan, David Sedláček, Roman Onri, Hadrien Pollino, Stefan Leistung Bauer, Marc Fayemi, Tobi Gierk, Hugh Ronzani, Hugo Mazel, Gilles Charmant, Andrius Rinkevicius, Azzedine Messis, Tommy Stenhaug, Herve Lagadec, Guillaume Pfeiffer

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Zoe Lacour brings back silver with the GB U18 team

February 26, 2020

GB U18 women's team went to Porto in Portugal last week to take part in the tournament in preparation for W19 EHF Championship.


We are pleased and proud to congratulate Zoe Lacour and the entire GB U18 team on their fantastic performance in the Hand Leça Cup in Porto, where they won all their group phase games and got through to the final, where GB lost 20:23 after a close game. Zoe Lacour scored 19 goals in the group phase and 3 in the final.


#WestLondonEagles #Soarhigher #Englandhandball #Britishhandball #handball #hndbl

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West London Eagles awarded at the 2019 Ealing Sports Awards

July 12, 2019

West London Eagles was given the Club of the Year award, while Melanie Chowns was chosen the Coach of the Year.Article below taken from ealingnewsextra.co.uk


Local sporting heroes were crowned victorious yesterday (9 July) at the Ealing Sports Awards 2019.
Run in partnership between Ealing Council and Everyone Active, the ceremony took place at William Perkin Church of England School in Greenford and was well attended, with special guests including Sky Sports presenter Marcus Buckland and Alice Tai, a British parasport swimmer who has won medals at Paralympic, World and European levels, handing out awards and speaking.


The annual Ealing Sports Awards is aimed at recognising the talents and achievements of the borough’s multitude of sports clubs, inspirational volunteers and fantastic sporting individuals.


Following a borough-wide call to find and honour those who have contributed to the health and well-being of residents and towards sport locally, 158 nominations were received across the nine categories.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for finance and leisure, said: “I was really blown away with the exceptional quality of this year’s nominations and the phenomenal work of the great coaches, volunteers, clubs and sportspeople we have across our borough. Ealing can really be proud of our current crop of sporting heroes who each shone last night and are truly inspirational examples of what anyone can achieve.


“Congratulations to all the winners and all the nominees. With dedication, hard work and focus anything can be achieved and our sports stars are a testament to this.


“The importance of these awards cannot be understated because it gives us the opportunity to recognise some of the amazing talent around us and I hope that Ealing residents will share the same brimming pride that I had looking at those talented individuals and teams and encourage those stars of the future.”


Phil Edwards, Everyone Active contract manager said: “We were delighted to be a part of the fourth Ealing Sports Awards, each year this event just keeps getting better and better and the standard of sport is just phenomenal. It certainly lived up to expectations, celebrating the amazing clubs and individuals we have here in Ealing.
“Everyone Active is committed to providing a range of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to be more active within their local community, and we’re proud to have supported on this event with Ealing Council to celebrate those who also share this passion. We’d like to say a huge congratulations to all the nominees and the winners on their achievements.”


The 2019 Ealing Sports Awards winners in each category are as follows:


Adult Volunteer of the Year – Clare Cogswell (Ealing Hockey Club)
Junior Volunteer of the Year – Bethany Smith (BMX), Thomas Curtis (Ealing Hockey Club)
Inclusive and Active award – Matthew Soanes (Ealing Swimming Club)
Junior Club of the Year – Ealing Cricket Club
Junior Sports Person of the Year – Maximo Libid (Tae Kwon Do), Mohamed Ali (Athletics)
Coach of the Year – Melanie Chowns (West London Eagles Handball Club)
Sports Club of the Year – West London Eagles Handball Club

Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award – Barbara Blanch (Table Tennis)

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Paul Bray with the EHA Lifetime Achievement Award

June 23, 2019

Paul Bray was well deservedly awarded for his huge contributions, spanning more than 40 years, to handball in England.


Paul Bray has been a passionate supporter and advocate of English and British handball for over 40 years. Initially as a player and founding member of Great Danes, Paul went on to play for Great Britain and then joined Bill Holderness on the coaching team of the Great Britain women team in the 1980’s/ 90’s.


Paul has done a fantastic job of bringing handball alive in the UK through his commentary of major international tournaments on TV since 1989 and was of course a key figure for the British Handball Association for our two teams at the London Olympics, driving the strategy and dealing with UK Sport to try and secure further funding as chair now of BHA.


One of his greatest legacies is the setting up of Ealing Junior handball club in 2012 with initially just an U14 boys team. Paul was head coach at Ealing for the first 4 years before instigating coaches from Ruislip Eagles, to ensure the further growth. 7 seasons later the club merged and formed West London Eagles with now arguably one of the countries strongest junior set ups in U16 and U19 boys and girls. This year all four junior teams reached the national play off semi finals with the U16 boys taking gold and the U19 girls taking silver: all because of Paul’s drive to start a junior club on the back of London 2012.


Paul has also been responsible for driving Ealing boroughs involvement with handball at the London Youth Games where the team has now won 4 gold medals. Paul along with JC Lacour has set up multiple school community programmes to promote handball in West London, leading to a great recruitment of young players to the sport, to the club, to regional academy and this year into GB.


Paul was a principal architect in developing a successful partnership between Ealing, West London Eagles and a Danish club which sees top Danish coaches come to London twice a year to coach handball not just at the club but in the local schools. This collaboration also ensures coach education for all the club coaches and local teachers. Paul was Ealings Chair until 2018, following the merger but is now a key member of the board at WLE.


He has invested a huge amount of time and energy into the successful running and development of junior handball alongside his brilliant commentary work for handball on TV and for the EHA and alongside his work as chair of British Handball Association.

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Two Eagles with the EHA Player of The Year award!

June 22, 2019

Two West London Eagles players, Sunniva Ovstebo Naess and Zoe Lacour, have been chosen players of the year 2019.


Sunniva Ovstebo Næss have been awarded senior female player of the year after a great season, in which she was a dominating presence.
With 82 goals scored in the Premier Handball League, she ended up being the third top scorer of the league, leading the team as expected from the captain.


It was the EHA Cup though, which was the peak moment of the season for both our club and Sunniva. In a match broadcast by BBC Sport, West London Eagles won after double extra time and Sunniva was one of the outstanding elements of fantastic team effort, showing versatility on the court. One-on-one actions, steals and fast breaks with a kempa goal on top, all in the most important game of the season.


The second award, for the best U19 female player of the year went to Zoe Lacour, who had her hands full this season with being a part of both the first and the U19 team, as well as being called into U19 GB national team.


Together with the U19 Eagles she ended up with silver medal in the national championship after the final lost to Stroud. On the next day, Zoe was playing another game, with senior team in the already mentioned EHA Cup final and despite being the youngest player on the court that day, you would not be able to tell that from her contribution to the team.


The U19 GB national team still have the EHF Championship in Bulgaria ahead of them, so Zoe already successful season is not yet finished for her.


Well done to both Sunniva and Zoe and we wish you even more achievments in the future.

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Eagles take honours in women's National Cup thriller

May 13, 2019

West London Eagles beat NEM Hawks 42-40 in a thrilling Women's National Cup final that went to two periods of extra time.


From the start the action flowed from end-to-end.
Eagles held a slender 14-13 lead at half time. 
The second period saw the sides continue to trade goals until in the last quarter of normal time Eagles began to pull clear, holdong a 28-24 lead with 10 minutes remaining.


However, Hawks refused to lie down, bringing the scores back to 31-31 at full time.
The tension continued to build and after extra time the match was poised at 35-35, taking the match into a second period of additional time. Those final five minutes saw Eagles edge ahead and secure the cup in emotional scenes.


Noelly Chevallier top scored in the match with 16 strikes, while Beth Wilbraham headed the scoring charts for Hawks, beating the keeper on eight occasions.

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Eagles Grab U16 Boys title after extra time!

May 12, 2019

After a frenetic game where both teams refused to give an inch, West London Eagles took the Under-16 boys title with a 22-21 victory over Warrington Wolves after the match went to extra time.


The teams traded goals throughout the first half, Wolves going in at the break just in front 10-9.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first, with fast-paced end to end action. Both goalkeepers pulled off stunning saves and each goal was greeted with raucous celebrations by supporters.
With 30 seconds to go in normal time and the scoreboard at 17 goals apiece, Eagles had possession but had a shot saved as the buzzer went to signify time.


Wolves scored twice in the first period of extra time as the teams turned around with the score 19-17. Eagles drew back in the second period to take the score to 20-19 to Wolves, then scored a penalty to make it 20-20 with 90 seconds remaining. Both teams netted once more before Eagles got their noses in front with 30 seconds left on the clock with two goals from fast breaks.


The time had gone dead with Wolves in possession and awarded a free throw. Had they scored, the match would have gone to a penalty shootout but the ball hit the netting behind the goal and Eagles could celebrate their win.
After the final whistle, Eagles coach Alexander Djelic described it as “a very, very tough match. Both teams played very well. Our idea was to close down their left and right backs as much as possible because they are the two main players for their team. Our defence was resilient in that respect and we made things happen.”


Eagles captain Myles Gannon “we had a good team, carrying each other, trying to win every single tackle. We learned from this game that we need more training, because there was some areas we were really poor. But we know we’re a resilient team and we never give up. Next year we want to continue!”


Top scorer for Wolves was Sam Dowling with seven. Tomas Dos Santos Moniz also netted seven times, for Eagles.

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Eagles take silver in girls' U19 thriller

May 11, 2019

Stroud beat West London Eagles 24-22 to be crowned girl's under-19 champions.
The West-country side, who missed out on the title by a single goal to Olympia Cannock last year, led 13-11 at half time.


They continued to maintain their slim advantage in a second half as tense as the first period, as a tactic of fast breaks and attacks down the wings bore dividends.


Stroud playmaker Alex Nielsen top scored in the match with 10 strikes. Eagles scoring charts were headed by playmaker Diana Fartais, with eight goals. 
Eagles keeper Akira Adeniran-Lowe also shone, with a number of excellent saves, including three penalty stops.

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U19 Girls reach national final

April 1, 2019

Following their 2nd place in the league, the girls headed to Birmingham for the National Playoffs making it through to the Final in May.


First they had to face Warrington Wolves in the quarter final, a team coached by GB coach Bill Baillie and certainly not to be underestimated. The Eagles team featured 5 GB squad players, so Baillie knew a thing or two about our team but our team were highly motivated and had a real sense of purpose about them from the start.

Coach Mel Chowns again focussed on a four block defence where Diana Fartais and Elly Stonebridge held the line superbly. In attack Holly Thompson was having an outstanding game on the line, as was Zoe Lacour on the left wing. Warrington stayed with the Eagles in the early stages but gradually the experience of West London began to show and they pulled ahead to lead 16 -9 at half time. The team continued in the same vein in the second half with Eagles playing some of their best handball of the season, exploiting the spaces and Thompson continued to prosper as did Fartais. With a semi final spot up for grabs, Eagles kept the level high and showed great maturity in defence. The young Warrington side are ones to watch in the future but this was to be Eagles day and they ran out 29-18 winners.


Team and scorers: Akira Adeniran-Lowe (GK), Zoe Lacour (7),Simran Mankoo, Holly Thompson (11), Tyla Sartain (2), Elly Stonebridge (3), Diana Fartais(6), Christina Matei, Lorena Lanau

In the Semi Final, Eagles were up against the top side in the northern league, Shropshire, in a repeat of last years U16 semi final. Shropshire are a big club, with large numbers of players across all ages and are rightly ambitious but they came to the semi’s with two of their own GB squad players out injured. Eagles could sense a real opportunity to reach the final of the U19’s for the first time and went into the match with the same determination and will to win. Chowns had asked them to show how much they wanted this and they didn’t disappoint. Eagles started brilliantly and were rock solid in defence. They shut the door time and time again on Shropshire’s attack and when they did break through Adeniran – Lowe in goal was in fine form. The defence restricted Shropshire to just 3 goals in the first half. Fartais, Lacour, Thompson and Stonebridge were enjoying themselves in attack with Thompson benefitting from some excellent assists from Sartain. At half time Eagles led 10-3 and the final was in sight. The second half was a closer affair with Shropshire fighting hard to show their true ability but Eagles were resolute and never looked in danger of giving up the lead and ran out winners by 21-10. Eagles now face Stroud in the final.


Team and scorers: Akira Adeniran-Lowe (GK), Zoe Lacour (2),Simran Mankoo, Holly Thompson (6), Tyla Sartain (2), Elly Stonebridge (4), Diana Fartais(7), Christina Matei, Lorena Lanau

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Eagles women's team reach the EHA Cup final

March 18, 2019

The Eagles secured their place in the final of the National Cup with a narrow win 23-22 over Cambridge.Cambridge, as the only non-Premier Handball League team left in the competition, had previously beaten London Angels and was keen to win over another PHL team in their quest for a National Cup trophy.


The home team had a good start and took the lead 5-1 after 10 minutes played, but the away team fought hard in defence, earning themselves 3 yellow cards and getting two players sent off for 2 minute suspensions in the first half. However their effort paid off and they went into half time one goal ahead.


Paul had a little pep-talk with his team in the break and for the second half changed it up by playing 5-1 in defence to pressure Cambridge. The pressure worked and enabled a couple of clever interceptions followed by fast breaks, and the home team managed to catch up on the score. The two teams followed each other closely minute by minute, goal by goal, getting closer to the prospects of going into extra time.


However, having been knocked out at this stage before, the experience of Paul’s team came through. A great save by Anette in goal set the team up for another attack which resulted in a penalty that was scored by Noelly. Cambridge only had 15 seconds left of the game to try to equalise, but their last shot on goal went outside the goal posts and the Eagles could celebrate reaching the National Cup Final.


The final will be on the 12th May in Derby where the Eagles will face NEM Hawks.

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Ealing wins double gold At the London Youth Games 2018

June 27, 2018

The Borough of Ealing made London Youth Games history by being the first team to win double gold in handball.
The haul this year took Ealing’s total tally to 4 gold medals and 2 bronzes since 2013, the same year that Ealing Handball Club began to represent the borough. This year the girls retained the title they won in 2017 while the boys recaptured a gold medal having last won in 2016.


The girls competition took place on Saturday with Ealing completing a clean-sweep of their group scoring 33 goals and conceding only 8 in their five games; although they were pushed close early on by both Croydon and Redbridge, winning 4-2 in both games.But having found their rhythm Ealing never looked under threat calmly dispatching Camden 5-2 in the quarter-finals and Richmond 6-3 in the semi-finals. They faced Barking & Dagenham in the final, however B&G were unable to challenge Ealing, running out 8-3 winners on the day.


The following day saw the boys take to the court knowing full well they could follow in the girls’ footsteps to gold. Again, they opened with a challenging game, coming out 2-1 winners over Haringey. However, their final two group games were emphatic, scoring 13 and conceding only 2.
Into the finals and, as with the girls, in their quarter-final they were pushed all the way, ultimately winning 4-3 against Bexley. In the semi-final Islington were swept aside 6-3 before Kensington & Chelsea were consigned to a silver medal in the final, the score 5-2 to Ealing.


The double victory topped off an excellent year for youth handball in the borough with Ealing Handball being named “Best Junior Sports Club 2017” in the borough, the U16 girls reaching the national finals and both U19 teams finishing 5th in the national league. Not only this but with 40% of Ealing players coming from local schools and a 3-year partnership with Premier Handball League club West London Handball going from strength-to-strength the future looks bright for handball in Ealing.


Boys’ head coach Marc Fayemi said, “the competition was a great opportunity for new players to discover our great sport and join a club in the coming season. The many parents who came and encouraged their children for the first time enjoyed the sport and the win created some nice memories for all.”


Finally, we’d like to thank the London Youth Games organisers for another great weekend of handball, as well as Mel Chowns (girls’ head coach), Marc Fayemi, Joe Vickers (boys’ head coaches), Razvan Mihaila and Simon Urbutis (coaches) and Radek Kozaczuk (GK coach).


And of course well done to all the Ealing players for a fantastic double victory!

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First games for our junior teams!

October 17, 2021

Leaves are changing colour, strictly come dancing is on TV and kids are back at school so it must mean the that a new handball season has started. Our senior teams have already kicked their seasons off against London GD and Olympia.  Both squads are growing, have found a watering hole with pizza for Saturday evenings and in the event of cancelled training session decided on a social event rather than doing a 5km!  On court they are clearly improving game on game.  This coming weekend our men take on Nottingham following by both teams taking on Cambridge on the 6th Nov.

On Saturday our U16 girls took to the court against Bishops Stortford U16 in the first round of the South League.  This was a long-awaited moment for me as it was some of these girls were the first group to train at Gunnersbury back on the 15th April.  Four of them took to the court on Saturday along two new eagles who hatched – Hajrah & Ashiya.  Now normally I have the instructions from Imi to take the picture before they play but as Kiki (missuppty) was in charge for her first game as coach I had to double check that no offensive or lethal weapons were on her person so I forgot to take a picture!  Mainly because I was refereeing with Tomasz so needed to ensure our safety in the event of a contentious decision.  And no I did not do a physical check.  Kiki handed me the scissors after the game.! Our girls did were dominate and well done to Kiki and the team on securing their first win of the season.  Big shout to Grace and Hajrah for the long journey that both of them had yesterday.  The girls did note that no picture was take but decided to make a quick exit to avoid the red face photo scenario.

On Sunday our U21 Men played against Nottingham and Carshalton.  The U21 is a new competition.  Unfortunately, there was insufficient teams to run a Women’s U21 – Next season!  Both games were edge of the seat stuff with a win against Nottingham 26-25 while we were on the other side in a 25-23 defeat against Carshalton.  Our U21 were joined by two Imperial Eagles – yes there is another Eagles Handball club in West London – Alexandar and Elliot. Looking for the next round in November.  A mention in dispatches for Evan for coming back from Leeds to play and to Benji for going into goal.

As a club we are growing at the top end with new members as well as developing our relationship with various universities in the area.  Also, in the younger ages we have established U14 training sessions on a Saturday at Gunnersbury as well as an extra girl’s session on a Thursday.  They seem to be enjoying themselves as they are coming back.  Big thanks to Paul, Kiki, Frank, Emma Jane & Toby for helping with the training sessions on a Saturday but also to Mel for giving time to future Eagles from an original Eagle and for Marc on the county sessions.  Really looking for to our U14 Boys and Girls first handball game.  Indeed, we have eggs incubating at U16 & U19 that hopefully soon will hatch.  Still need more eggs at U16 & U19 so please over calls, a coffee, over lunch mentioned handball with colleagues and friends to spread the word.  In terms of juniors Aleks and our U19 Men will travel to Bournemouth at the end of the month for their first competitive outing. 

All sections of the club have now started, and the season is up and running and our seniors have learnt the joy of cleaning the floor at Gunnersbury.  I hope everyone is enjoying their handball. 

We have a great club and it is really great to be involved in a diverse and dynamic club which is reflective of West London.  There is a few of us with injuries at the moment and hope to see you back soon on court rather on the side providing your words of wisdom.  However, the fact that you on the side is great.  Additionally ,there is challenges that some of us face outside of handball and as a club we are there.

Take care

Peter

ps thanks to Debbie and Bianca for doing the washing this week!

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Women get their first win after a thriller! Men lose, but after much improved performance.

September 27, 2021

The second week of Premier Handball League saw both our senior teams face Olympia HC in another London derby. After unsuccessful beginning of the season against London GD, Eagles spent the following two weeks improving themselves.

Women's team began this weekend again and had much better start of the game, managing to build up a 4 goal advantage without conceding a goal. They managed to do that despite losing our starting left back, Maddie Edwards, to ankle injury. Eagles were putting up a good fight in defence and when failing to do so, Erika Hodosi, debuting in our team in goal, were there to save her teamates from consequences. Initial energy started to fizzle out with time though, and Olympia was able to first even out the score and finally finish the first half with two goal advantage. 13-15 at the halftime.

Second half was the continuation of the fight for 3 points, enjoyed by excited supporters of both teams. On Eagles' side the offense in the second half was carried by two another debutants, back player Chiara Bolze, who scored 6 of her 7 total goals in the second half, and left winger Stefania Ilinca, who was deadly from the corner with 6 goals total to her name. It would be remiss not to mention here Eagles' top scorer Wiktoria Powyszyńska, who put the ball in Olympia's net 10 times, majority of them from penalties, at which Wiki was faultless that day.


The last blow however was dealt by Naomi Bell, who set the final score to 31:30 and gave Eagles their first victory of 2021/2022 season. With this cherry on top of her total 4 goals and great overall performance she was chosen the Player of the Game.

Hodosi, Begum - Powyszyńska 10, Bolze 7, Ilinca 6, Bell 4, Leung 2, Thornhill 1, Edwards 1, Lapuente-Uranga, Holm Roppen, Zollei, Seri

Coach: P. Dempsey

Encouraged by women's fantastic result, our men's team set out to show themselves in a good light as well. With five debutants in the team, but also with three players missing due to injuries from the the first game, Eagles began the game with different quality of defence compared to the previous match. As women before them, men also managed to get a good start here and get the initial lead, with Monzer Nofalia, one of the newcomers and Eagles' top scorer with 6 goals total, putting the ball 5 times in the net during the first half, while also being a physically dominating presence in both attack and defence. However, Eagles were not able to hold on to their goal advantage and with each passing minute were gradually overtaken by Olympia, who with good push in the final minutes of the first half extended their lead to 17:12 by halftime.

The second half of the game saw Eagles trying to keep up the fight and try to chase the opponents, but after 15 minutes into the second half men's team started to lose the steam, which was used by Olympia to extend the lead by numerous fast breaks and finish the game with 43:21 victory.

Despite the loss, it was good to the see the team in much better spirits and feeling better on both ends of the court. Well done to all the newcomers, who scored 15 out of the 21 goals. The Player of the Team however went to the long-time goalkeeper Tomasz Kawa, who had a good day in the goal that day, with 5 saved penalty shots.

Kawa, Bernspang - Nofalia 6, El Gardha 5, Gordulic 4, Cap 3, Mihaila 2, Darie 1, Malik, Mechri, Rais, Bridges, Kamogue Hameni

Coach: E. Pana

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Eagles happy to be back on court, despite two losses against London GD

September 12, 2021

It's been 912 days since our senior teams played their last league game which was more than enough time for all the players to miss the thrill of competing. We had two games against strong London GD to inaugurate the long awaited season.

Women were the first to play and were goin head to head with their opponents for the biggest part of the first half, with Maddie Edwards, Lydia Leung and Erika Recska bagging 3 goals each in the first 30 minutes of the game. Eventually GD was able to get ahead to finish the half with a 15:11 lead.

The second half started on a worse note, with Eagles not being able to find the way into London GD's net, who on the other hand steadily increased their lead into 8 goals, which remained on the end score 28:20. Lydia Leung, in her first official game for Eagles, was chosen the best player of the team. Worth noting is also the performance of Ania Thornhill, nominally a court player, who stepped into the goal for the entire match and had a good game.

Thornhill - Recska 6, Leung 4, Edwards 4, Holm Roppen 3, Powyszyńska 2, Bell 1, White, Lapuente-Uranga

Men's team didn't have an easy task either, with their opponents showing up in good numbers, playing tough defense and using that to score easy goals from fast breaks. With Eagles additionally losing 3 players to the injuries throughout the game and losing the first half 9:20, it was clear that it would be impossible to get a good result that day.


Kudos to the players for fighting till the last whistle and taking that loss in good spirits, looking ahead to learn from it. Silviu-Gabriel Munteanu, only 16 years old and with 5 goals to his name that day, was chosen the best player of the team.

Kawa, Bernspang - Munteanu 5, Darie 4, Cap 3, Podobnik 1, Bridges 1, Malik, Nikolov, Ishida, Nuttall, Pustovalov, Brzozowski, Rais

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Men's team starts their pre-season

August 13, 2021

The pre-season has landed! It's great to see our men's team back at it. As it is usually the case with coming back from a break, we did some cardio and worked with cones and ladders to make sure we will be ready for the season.


Another outdoor session next week, but before that happens, we will actually get back on court for the open session this Saturday to celebrate #iamteamgb. Send us a message if you would like to join!

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Join us for Eagles' Open Day

August 9, 2021

Join us for our second open day to give handball a try. Everyone welcome!

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Try handball at #IamteamGB open day

August 9, 2021

Inspired by Team GB’s involvement at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer, I Am Team GB’s Festival of Sport taking place on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 August will be a celebration of movement, with free and fun activities taking place across the country to help you get up and get active.

West London Eagles are excited to be getting involved in the I am team GB festival this Summer. Click  here to see details for the handball part of the event. See you there!

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Eagles finish the season with fun times at BBHC

July 26, 2021

With the first half of year 2021 not providing us with many opportunities to play handball, our players made up for it with participation in the annual British Beach Handball Championships. 


With two days of games from morning untill late afternoon, our senior teams not only ended up with good results, especially considering the fact that many players were new to this variant of handball, with women ending up on the 4th place and men on the 7th.But the scores weren't important that weekend, as it was first and foremost a great opportunity for our players to spend some time together and have fun!


We are already waiting for the next year's edition!

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Eagles and Hawks to work together again!

July 19, 2021

West London Eagles and Brunel University Handball Club have agreed for the re- establishment of a closer partnership that would boost player development and competitive opportunities in West London.
The partnership intends to provide more opportunity to the university and community club players to work together, and be able to play more handball against and alongside each other.
Both clubs aim to make it a solid and sustainable partnership.


#WestSideStrongSide #WestLondonEagles #SoarHigher #Englandhandball #handball #Londonhandball

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Eagles' AGM and End of the Season Awards took place online on 17th July

November 9, 2020

The following players received the awards at the end of the season:


Women's Team

Player of the Year - Sunniva Ovstebo-Naess

Most Improved Player - Amy Bishop

Most Improved Player - Marie Bertrand

Most Improved Player - Akira Adeniran-Lowe

Eagle Award - Maria Seri


Men's Team

Player of the Year - Tomasz Kawa

Most Improved Player - Evan Mark

Players' MVP - Fabio Goutet

Eagle Award - Mateusz Florczak


U19 Girls

Players of the Year - Zoe Lacour and Akira Adeniran-Lowe

Most Improved Player - Isabella Bujosa-Armora

Players' MVPs - Zoe Lacour and Akira Adeniran-Lowe


U19 Boys

Player of the Year - Lorenz Berberich

Most Improved Player - Alex Davis

Eagle Award - Evan Mark

Players' MVP - Lorenz Berberich


U16 Girls

Player of the Year - Emma Thomann

Most Improved Player - Alketa Ahmetaj

Players' MVP - Emma Thomann


U16 Boys

Player of the Year - Myles Gannon

Most Improved Player - Ernesto Lo Giudice

Eagle Award - Joe Mahoney

Players' MVP - Myles Gannon

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Two Eagles Shortlisted For Ealing Sports Awards 2020

August 12, 2020

After a successful 2019 iteration of this event, this year we got two people shortlisted for Ealing Sports Awards.With great pleasure we received the information that two Eagles have been shortlisted for the annual Ealing Sports Awards. Peter Gannon was shortlisted for Adult Volunteer award and Zoe Lacour for Junior Sportsperson Award. More below on the many ways in which Peter helps our club thrive, and further on the plenty of reasons for Zoe's nomination. Thank you both for doing a fantastic work!


Peter has been an outstanding addition to the West London Eagles junior handball management team. His interest in handball has been increasing over the years. Peter humbly offered a helping hand with some junior organisation tasks first but his contribution just kept growing and growing. With a fresh approach Peter brought a new positive energy to ensure the junior section remains successful, vibrant and viable. He has been working a lot behind the scene on team administration, communication with the players’ parents, tournament organisation and travelling, equipment funding and a lot more.


Peter took the England Handball Association certification to become a qualified Table Official for league and tournament games and is in the process to take the official refereeing qualification. He also completed the UK Coaching Sport Safeguarding and Protecting Children qualification and other England Handball CPDs to start supporting on the coaching front too. This demonstrates his strong desire to expand his knowledge of the sport. In the process he has also been very keen to encourage and accompany some of the young players who are interested in taking the available coaching and officiating qualifications.


His involvement did not stop at club level as Peter also took time off work to referee 7 School Games tournaments for the borough of Ealing between last November and January supporting the Willow Tree SSP.


Peter is very reliable, very approachable and a great friendly person to have around in the club. The club cannot thank him enough for all the help. He takes a great part in the successful season the club can enjoy at junior level.

Zoe:

After the very successful previous season in which Zoe won the EHA Cup with senior women and silver medal in U19 national final, she remained a stellar player for Eagles' senior and U19 teams, and for the GB U18 national team. With the senior Eagles in this season cut short, she was the top scorer for the team with 54 goals, in the top 3 of league scorers, chosen the team's game MVP 4 times. As a cherry on top of that cake she was also awarded the senior team's season MVP as voted by the players. All that before she was able to celebrate her 18th birthday!


As can be guessed, Zoe did no worse in the U19 Eagles, where she was a top scorer for her team and together with Akira created a formidable duo, sharing with her the coach's and players' player of the year award.


Last but not least, Zoe has been proudly representing Eagles on the international stage, where with GB U19's she took part in various tournaments and European U19 Women Championship, where she got chosen a player of the team in the game against Greece.


#WestLondonEagles #Soarhigher #EalingSportsAwards #Ealing #handball #Englandhandball #Londonhandball #hndbl

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Men's POTY for season 2019/2020

June 19, 2020

Men's team has chosen its Player Of The Year by having a Top3 vote. Despite the difficult and challenging 19/20 season being cut short by coronavirus, we still got through biggest part of it. The players were asked to cast their votes on their TOP3 players ranking and the results are as follows.


FABIO GOUTET, left back, is our men's team Player Of The Year! With his 90 goals scored in only 8 games, giving him an impressive 11.3 PPG average, Fabio was chosen game mvp 4 times. Reliable first choice penalty taker, with many of them won on fouls on himself. All that while playing 60 minutes every game without substituting and being a key player in defence as well. Congratulations and many more seasons like this!


TOMASZ KAWA, Goalkeeper, ended up on the 2nd place, the only player in the team who played in all 12 games of the season, both in goal and on the court, being an anchor of stability during this these uncertain times. He also drove to the training sessions our 3rd place player,


LORENZ BERBERICH, pivot. Despite his young age he was a crucial figure not only in the men's team, where at times he had to play out of his usual position and cover the back player position, scoring 30 goals in 7 games with 4.3 PPG, but also for our U19 junior team, where the season was stopped before they got their chances in the play-offs.


Thank you for giving Eagles your best and good luck in the next season!


#WestLondonEagles #Soarhigher #Londonhandball #Englandhandball #handball #hndbl

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Throwback to 2010 EHA Cup victory

June 17, 2020

10 years ago! EHA Cup Winner after a thrilling game and a last second penalty scored!


Motivation was easy to find for the Eagles as the handball forum unilaterally predicted a walkover for Manchester HC - a top team at that time.


"But then something happened..."


Longstanding player Fabien Colette recalled: "I was feeling fairly confident before the match as I could see on the faces everyone was focused on the task. I never thought Manchester were unbeatable and I knew if we could be disciplined at the back we had all our chances to upset them. Realistically Being the clear underdogs we only needed to be at striking distance in the money time.
After the game I was filled with some deep emotions and was so proud we had defeated them. During the medals/Cup ceremony the emotion and the joy was as strong as a first title feeling. In the changing room I felt like with this team and on that day we would have defeated anybody. Later we learnt they had brought Champagne with them. It made the victory even sweeter."

Highlights of the 2010 EHA Cup final:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f-lbPTXTv4

Reunion was obviously not possible but to be rearranged

2010 team:
Candide Leon, Karl Chan, David Sedláček, Roman Onri, Hadrien Pollino, Stefan Leistung Bauer, Marc Fayemi, Tobi Gierk, Hugh Ronzani, Hugo Mazel, Gilles Charmant, Andrius Rinkevicius, Azzedine Messis, Tommy Stenhaug, Herve Lagadec, Guillaume Pfeiffer

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Zoe Lacour brings back silver with the GB U18 team

February 26, 2020

GB U18 women's team went to Porto in Portugal last week to take part in the tournament in preparation for W19 EHF Championship.


We are pleased and proud to congratulate Zoe Lacour and the entire GB U18 team on their fantastic performance in the Hand Leça Cup in Porto, where they won all their group phase games and got through to the final, where GB lost 20:23 after a close game. Zoe Lacour scored 19 goals in the group phase and 3 in the final.


#WestLondonEagles #Soarhigher #Englandhandball #Britishhandball #handball #hndbl

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West London Eagles awarded at the 2019 Ealing Sports Awards

July 12, 2019

West London Eagles was given the Club of the Year award, while Melanie Chowns was chosen the Coach of the Year.Article below taken from ealingnewsextra.co.uk


Local sporting heroes were crowned victorious yesterday (9 July) at the Ealing Sports Awards 2019.
Run in partnership between Ealing Council and Everyone Active, the ceremony took place at William Perkin Church of England School in Greenford and was well attended, with special guests including Sky Sports presenter Marcus Buckland and Alice Tai, a British parasport swimmer who has won medals at Paralympic, World and European levels, handing out awards and speaking.


The annual Ealing Sports Awards is aimed at recognising the talents and achievements of the borough’s multitude of sports clubs, inspirational volunteers and fantastic sporting individuals.


Following a borough-wide call to find and honour those who have contributed to the health and well-being of residents and towards sport locally, 158 nominations were received across the nine categories.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for finance and leisure, said: “I was really blown away with the exceptional quality of this year’s nominations and the phenomenal work of the great coaches, volunteers, clubs and sportspeople we have across our borough. Ealing can really be proud of our current crop of sporting heroes who each shone last night and are truly inspirational examples of what anyone can achieve.


“Congratulations to all the winners and all the nominees. With dedication, hard work and focus anything can be achieved and our sports stars are a testament to this.


“The importance of these awards cannot be understated because it gives us the opportunity to recognise some of the amazing talent around us and I hope that Ealing residents will share the same brimming pride that I had looking at those talented individuals and teams and encourage those stars of the future.”


Phil Edwards, Everyone Active contract manager said: “We were delighted to be a part of the fourth Ealing Sports Awards, each year this event just keeps getting better and better and the standard of sport is just phenomenal. It certainly lived up to expectations, celebrating the amazing clubs and individuals we have here in Ealing.
“Everyone Active is committed to providing a range of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to be more active within their local community, and we’re proud to have supported on this event with Ealing Council to celebrate those who also share this passion. We’d like to say a huge congratulations to all the nominees and the winners on their achievements.”


The 2019 Ealing Sports Awards winners in each category are as follows:


Adult Volunteer of the Year – Clare Cogswell (Ealing Hockey Club)
Junior Volunteer of the Year – Bethany Smith (BMX), Thomas Curtis (Ealing Hockey Club)
Inclusive and Active award – Matthew Soanes (Ealing Swimming Club)
Junior Club of the Year – Ealing Cricket Club
Junior Sports Person of the Year – Maximo Libid (Tae Kwon Do), Mohamed Ali (Athletics)
Coach of the Year – Melanie Chowns (West London Eagles Handball Club)
Sports Club of the Year – West London Eagles Handball Club

Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award – Barbara Blanch (Table Tennis)

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Paul Bray with the EHA Lifetime Achievement Award

June 23, 2019

Paul Bray was well deservedly awarded for his huge contributions, spanning more than 40 years, to handball in England.


Paul Bray has been a passionate supporter and advocate of English and British handball for over 40 years. Initially as a player and founding member of Great Danes, Paul went on to play for Great Britain and then joined Bill Holderness on the coaching team of the Great Britain women team in the 1980’s/ 90’s.


Paul has done a fantastic job of bringing handball alive in the UK through his commentary of major international tournaments on TV since 1989 and was of course a key figure for the British Handball Association for our two teams at the London Olympics, driving the strategy and dealing with UK Sport to try and secure further funding as chair now of BHA.


One of his greatest legacies is the setting up of Ealing Junior handball club in 2012 with initially just an U14 boys team. Paul was head coach at Ealing for the first 4 years before instigating coaches from Ruislip Eagles, to ensure the further growth. 7 seasons later the club merged and formed West London Eagles with now arguably one of the countries strongest junior set ups in U16 and U19 boys and girls. This year all four junior teams reached the national play off semi finals with the U16 boys taking gold and the U19 girls taking silver: all because of Paul’s drive to start a junior club on the back of London 2012.


Paul has also been responsible for driving Ealing boroughs involvement with handball at the London Youth Games where the team has now won 4 gold medals. Paul along with JC Lacour has set up multiple school community programmes to promote handball in West London, leading to a great recruitment of young players to the sport, to the club, to regional academy and this year into GB.


Paul was a principal architect in developing a successful partnership between Ealing, West London Eagles and a Danish club which sees top Danish coaches come to London twice a year to coach handball not just at the club but in the local schools. This collaboration also ensures coach education for all the club coaches and local teachers. Paul was Ealings Chair until 2018, following the merger but is now a key member of the board at WLE.


He has invested a huge amount of time and energy into the successful running and development of junior handball alongside his brilliant commentary work for handball on TV and for the EHA and alongside his work as chair of British Handball Association.

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Two Eagles with the EHA Player of The Year award!

June 22, 2019

Two West London Eagles players, Sunniva Ovstebo Naess and Zoe Lacour, have been chosen players of the year 2019.


Sunniva Ovstebo Næss have been awarded senior female player of the year after a great season, in which she was a dominating presence.
With 82 goals scored in the Premier Handball League, she ended up being the third top scorer of the league, leading the team as expected from the captain.


It was the EHA Cup though, which was the peak moment of the season for both our club and Sunniva. In a match broadcast by BBC Sport, West London Eagles won after double extra time and Sunniva was one of the outstanding elements of fantastic team effort, showing versatility on the court. One-on-one actions, steals and fast breaks with a kempa goal on top, all in the most important game of the season.


The second award, for the best U19 female player of the year went to Zoe Lacour, who had her hands full this season with being a part of both the first and the U19 team, as well as being called into U19 GB national team.


Together with the U19 Eagles she ended up with silver medal in the national championship after the final lost to Stroud. On the next day, Zoe was playing another game, with senior team in the already mentioned EHA Cup final and despite being the youngest player on the court that day, you would not be able to tell that from her contribution to the team.


The U19 GB national team still have the EHF Championship in Bulgaria ahead of them, so Zoe already successful season is not yet finished for her.


Well done to both Sunniva and Zoe and we wish you even more achievments in the future.

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Eagles take honours in women's National Cup thriller

May 13, 2019

West London Eagles beat NEM Hawks 42-40 in a thrilling Women's National Cup final that went to two periods of extra time.


From the start the action flowed from end-to-end.
Eagles held a slender 14-13 lead at half time. 
The second period saw the sides continue to trade goals until in the last quarter of normal time Eagles began to pull clear, holdong a 28-24 lead with 10 minutes remaining.


However, Hawks refused to lie down, bringing the scores back to 31-31 at full time.
The tension continued to build and after extra time the match was poised at 35-35, taking the match into a second period of additional time. Those final five minutes saw Eagles edge ahead and secure the cup in emotional scenes.


Noelly Chevallier top scored in the match with 16 strikes, while Beth Wilbraham headed the scoring charts for Hawks, beating the keeper on eight occasions.

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Eagles Grab U16 Boys title after extra time!

May 12, 2019

After a frenetic game where both teams refused to give an inch, West London Eagles took the Under-16 boys title with a 22-21 victory over Warrington Wolves after the match went to extra time.


The teams traded goals throughout the first half, Wolves going in at the break just in front 10-9.
The second half continued in the same vein as the first, with fast-paced end to end action. Both goalkeepers pulled off stunning saves and each goal was greeted with raucous celebrations by supporters.
With 30 seconds to go in normal time and the scoreboard at 17 goals apiece, Eagles had possession but had a shot saved as the buzzer went to signify time.


Wolves scored twice in the first period of extra time as the teams turned around with the score 19-17. Eagles drew back in the second period to take the score to 20-19 to Wolves, then scored a penalty to make it 20-20 with 90 seconds remaining. Both teams netted once more before Eagles got their noses in front with 30 seconds left on the clock with two goals from fast breaks.


The time had gone dead with Wolves in possession and awarded a free throw. Had they scored, the match would have gone to a penalty shootout but the ball hit the netting behind the goal and Eagles could celebrate their win.
After the final whistle, Eagles coach Alexander Djelic described it as “a very, very tough match. Both teams played very well. Our idea was to close down their left and right backs as much as possible because they are the two main players for their team. Our defence was resilient in that respect and we made things happen.”


Eagles captain Myles Gannon “we had a good team, carrying each other, trying to win every single tackle. We learned from this game that we need more training, because there was some areas we were really poor. But we know we’re a resilient team and we never give up. Next year we want to continue!”


Top scorer for Wolves was Sam Dowling with seven. Tomas Dos Santos Moniz also netted seven times, for Eagles.

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Eagles take silver in girls' U19 thriller

May 11, 2019

Stroud beat West London Eagles 24-22 to be crowned girl's under-19 champions.
The West-country side, who missed out on the title by a single goal to Olympia Cannock last year, led 13-11 at half time.


They continued to maintain their slim advantage in a second half as tense as the first period, as a tactic of fast breaks and attacks down the wings bore dividends.


Stroud playmaker Alex Nielsen top scored in the match with 10 strikes. Eagles scoring charts were headed by playmaker Diana Fartais, with eight goals. 
Eagles keeper Akira Adeniran-Lowe also shone, with a number of excellent saves, including three penalty stops.

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U19 Girls reach national final

April 1, 2019

Following their 2nd place in the league, the girls headed to Birmingham for the National Playoffs making it through to the Final in May.


First they had to face Warrington Wolves in the quarter final, a team coached by GB coach Bill Baillie and certainly not to be underestimated. The Eagles team featured 5 GB squad players, so Baillie knew a thing or two about our team but our team were highly motivated and had a real sense of purpose about them from the start.

Coach Mel Chowns again focussed on a four block defence where Diana Fartais and Elly Stonebridge held the line superbly. In attack Holly Thompson was having an outstanding game on the line, as was Zoe Lacour on the left wing. Warrington stayed with the Eagles in the early stages but gradually the experience of West London began to show and they pulled ahead to lead 16 -9 at half time. The team continued in the same vein in the second half with Eagles playing some of their best handball of the season, exploiting the spaces and Thompson continued to prosper as did Fartais. With a semi final spot up for grabs, Eagles kept the level high and showed great maturity in defence. The young Warrington side are ones to watch in the future but this was to be Eagles day and they ran out 29-18 winners.


Team and scorers: Akira Adeniran-Lowe (GK), Zoe Lacour (7),Simran Mankoo, Holly Thompson (11), Tyla Sartain (2), Elly Stonebridge (3), Diana Fartais(6), Christina Matei, Lorena Lanau

In the Semi Final, Eagles were up against the top side in the northern league, Shropshire, in a repeat of last years U16 semi final. Shropshire are a big club, with large numbers of players across all ages and are rightly ambitious but they came to the semi’s with two of their own GB squad players out injured. Eagles could sense a real opportunity to reach the final of the U19’s for the first time and went into the match with the same determination and will to win. Chowns had asked them to show how much they wanted this and they didn’t disappoint. Eagles started brilliantly and were rock solid in defence. They shut the door time and time again on Shropshire’s attack and when they did break through Adeniran – Lowe in goal was in fine form. The defence restricted Shropshire to just 3 goals in the first half. Fartais, Lacour, Thompson and Stonebridge were enjoying themselves in attack with Thompson benefitting from some excellent assists from Sartain. At half time Eagles led 10-3 and the final was in sight. The second half was a closer affair with Shropshire fighting hard to show their true ability but Eagles were resolute and never looked in danger of giving up the lead and ran out winners by 21-10. Eagles now face Stroud in the final.


Team and scorers: Akira Adeniran-Lowe (GK), Zoe Lacour (2),Simran Mankoo, Holly Thompson (6), Tyla Sartain (2), Elly Stonebridge (4), Diana Fartais(7), Christina Matei, Lorena Lanau

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Eagles women's team reach the EHA Cup final

March 18, 2019

The Eagles secured their place in the final of the National Cup with a narrow win 23-22 over Cambridge.Cambridge, as the only non-Premier Handball League team left in the competition, had previously beaten London Angels and was keen to win over another PHL team in their quest for a National Cup trophy.


The home team had a good start and took the lead 5-1 after 10 minutes played, but the away team fought hard in defence, earning themselves 3 yellow cards and getting two players sent off for 2 minute suspensions in the first half. However their effort paid off and they went into half time one goal ahead.


Paul had a little pep-talk with his team in the break and for the second half changed it up by playing 5-1 in defence to pressure Cambridge. The pressure worked and enabled a couple of clever interceptions followed by fast breaks, and the home team managed to catch up on the score. The two teams followed each other closely minute by minute, goal by goal, getting closer to the prospects of going into extra time.


However, having been knocked out at this stage before, the experience of Paul’s team came through. A great save by Anette in goal set the team up for another attack which resulted in a penalty that was scored by Noelly. Cambridge only had 15 seconds left of the game to try to equalise, but their last shot on goal went outside the goal posts and the Eagles could celebrate reaching the National Cup Final.


The final will be on the 12th May in Derby where the Eagles will face NEM Hawks.

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Ealing wins double gold At the London Youth Games 2018

June 27, 2018

The Borough of Ealing made London Youth Games history by being the first team to win double gold in handball.
The haul this year took Ealing’s total tally to 4 gold medals and 2 bronzes since 2013, the same year that Ealing Handball Club began to represent the borough. This year the girls retained the title they won in 2017 while the boys recaptured a gold medal having last won in 2016.


The girls competition took place on Saturday with Ealing completing a clean-sweep of their group scoring 33 goals and conceding only 8 in their five games; although they were pushed close early on by both Croydon and Redbridge, winning 4-2 in both games.But having found their rhythm Ealing never looked under threat calmly dispatching Camden 5-2 in the quarter-finals and Richmond 6-3 in the semi-finals. They faced Barking & Dagenham in the final, however B&G were unable to challenge Ealing, running out 8-3 winners on the day.


The following day saw the boys take to the court knowing full well they could follow in the girls’ footsteps to gold. Again, they opened with a challenging game, coming out 2-1 winners over Haringey. However, their final two group games were emphatic, scoring 13 and conceding only 2.
Into the finals and, as with the girls, in their quarter-final they were pushed all the way, ultimately winning 4-3 against Bexley. In the semi-final Islington were swept aside 6-3 before Kensington & Chelsea were consigned to a silver medal in the final, the score 5-2 to Ealing.


The double victory topped off an excellent year for youth handball in the borough with Ealing Handball being named “Best Junior Sports Club 2017” in the borough, the U16 girls reaching the national finals and both U19 teams finishing 5th in the national league. Not only this but with 40% of Ealing players coming from local schools and a 3-year partnership with Premier Handball League club West London Handball going from strength-to-strength the future looks bright for handball in Ealing.


Boys’ head coach Marc Fayemi said, “the competition was a great opportunity for new players to discover our great sport and join a club in the coming season. The many parents who came and encouraged their children for the first time enjoyed the sport and the win created some nice memories for all.”


Finally, we’d like to thank the London Youth Games organisers for another great weekend of handball, as well as Mel Chowns (girls’ head coach), Marc Fayemi, Joe Vickers (boys’ head coaches), Razvan Mihaila and Simon Urbutis (coaches) and Radek Kozaczuk (GK coach).


And of course well done to all the Ealing players for a fantastic double victory!