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!
If you, or your child would like to get involved in handball please follow Ealing Handball and West London Eagles. We’ll be running several summer events before training begins again in August.