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Handball stars now preparing for national title

Published on 17/05/19

Under 13 team triumphs in South West Regional ... Under 15s come so close

Orchard School handball players are eyeing national glory after winning the South West regional title this month in Paignton.

Our under 13 team, which earlier this year were named Bristol champions, will now head to Derby in June to face the best teams in the country.

Meanwhile our under 15 team narrowly missed out of qualifying for the national finals, but with the bulk of this team still in Year 9 they will be well placed for next year.

The under 13s won all 4 of their games in Paignton, including a dramatic finale in one of the qualifying rounds when the opposing team’s equalising goal was ruled out as time was up.

The Orchard team won their heats 10-6, 5-4 and 9-4.

In the final, our lads took a 9-2 lead at half time and although their opponents came back, they held off to take the title 9-6.

Coach Mr Fisher said: “Both teams are a really good bunch who have played together for some time and are just getting better and better.

“We also have strong Year 7s coming through so the future is bright.

“The SW finals was made up of teams from schools from all over Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Somerset and South Glos. Our Most Valuable Players were Nadder and Charlie.

Charlie said: “There is really good spirit in the team and we are looking forward to playing on the national stage.

“We thought it would be a hard competition but we worked hard and came out on top after a tough final.”

Orchard has a growing reputation in handball with former student Max Grant now representing England.

Last year both our teams reached the South West finals.

Handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each pass a ball using their hands with the aim of throwing it into the goal of the other team.

A standard match consists of two periods, and the team that scores more goals wins.