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Exciting times for Newquay Handball Club

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 05, 2014

TEAM GAME: The Newquay Handball Club. Pictured, back row, from left: David Santos, Jurgen Koenen, Geoff Muskett, Lee Springett and Ben Haddrel. Front row: Adolf Botar, Tristan Mullar-Forster, Kevin Welsh and Eddie Percy-Hughes. by Adrian Langdon.

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NEWQUAY Handball Club is continuing to go from strength to strength – less than two years after it was formed.

Inspired by the success of the sport at the 2012 Olympics in London, it was in October that year that Newquay became the first ever competitive club in Cornwall.

It all started at the Treviglas Sports Hub in Newquay and, of course, during the summer, down on the beaches.

But after quickly outgrowing the Sports Hub, the club moved to Bodmin to use the facilities at the Dragon Leisure Centre.

However, keen to stay loyal to their roots, the club decided to retain their team name, especially as they will be returning to the beach in the summer.

And under the expert coaching of handball star Jürgen Koenen, the club has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting new teams in the national game.

They joined the South & West Development League last year, making their big bow against Bath, where they were narrowly beaten 19-18.

They celebrated their first South & West League win last month, beating Cardiff 24-13.

At the weekend Newquay were looking to avenge their controversial 19-18 defeat inflicted in the season opener against Bath.

In only their fifth competitive game, Newquay once again showed they are a rapidly developing team.

The hours spent on the training field, the passion, and the determination all shone through as they battled admirably against the reigning champions.

However, for all Newquay's hard work and endeavour, they were unable to beat the toughest team they have faced this season as Bath ran out 39-30 winners.

Overall it was an excellent performance from Cornwall's first handball team, a day to be proud of and another step in the development of this young club.

Newquay, meanwhile, have announced a new satellite club for players age 14-25. Training runs from 5-6.30pm on Thursdays at Bodmin College.

If you are interested in joining Newquay's senior training or the satellite club, visit newquayhandballclub.co.uk for information or email geoffmuskett@googlemail.com

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