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Angels already excited for next month’s European Champions Cup

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 October 2018

London Angels won the British Beach Handball Championships earlier this year (pic: London Angels)

London Angels won the British Beach Handball Championships earlier this year (pic: London Angels)

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Mayfield School-based team set to take on the continent’s best in Italy

Fresh from their victory in the British Beach Handball Championships in August, London Angels head to Italy for the Women’s European Champions Cup next month.

The European Handball Federation (EHF) Champions Cup will see 16 women’s and 16 men’s teams from across the continent fight it out for victory.

Teams qualify for the continental competition by winning their national championships, with Angels beating London GD in Bournemouth this summer to claim the British title and book their place at next month’s European Champions Cup.

The competition is played November 1-4 in the city of Catania.

Angels’ draw in the group stage looks interesting, having been placed in Group D alongside Strandgefluester Minden from Germany, Slovakias’s Sport Club Senec and Swedish side Goeteborg Beach Handball Club.

Spanish side CBM Playa Algeciras are the defending champions in the women’s competition and will be among the other teams in action.

The beach version of handball is different to standard handball rules, as Angels chair Gabor Darabos describes.

“You can score goals which count for two points, instead of one,” said Darabos.

“If you do a trick shot, like spin before you shoot, or catch the ball in the air and score before you get back to the ground again, that counts for two. Also if the goalkeeper scores that counts two. There’s lots of movement.”

In addition to the scoring rules, only four players are allowed on the court at any one time.

Darabos says his team, who are based at Mayfield School, just off Green Lane, are relishing the event, but expectations will be managed.

All other competing teams will be made up of professional players, while the London club is amateur.

Darabos added: “If we can win a game, we will be over the moon.”

*London Angels are fundraising to pay for the trip to take part in the European Champions Cup. More details about their progress can be found at gofundme.com/beach-handball-champions-cup-2018.

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