The Men’s Handball team started the season with a well-fought victory over the University of Warwick, winning 27-24 at the Futsal Arena in Birmingham.
As it was the first game of the season, several new faces were in the starting seven, including a debut for fresher Henry Kennard, who joins the club with regional and national handball experience. The game started brightly for the hosts as they quickly amassed a 3 goal advantage, largely thanks to some exceptional line play from James Crook. Warwick showed their handball ability though, and remained within touching distance throughout the half as they tactically used their timeout to thwart Birmingham’s momentum.
The first half ended 14-13 to Birmingham, but Warwick started the second half very well and forced the hosts into calling a timeout to reassess. Winger Ed Ferreira then scored a few timely goals, and this spurred Birmingham on as they took a hold of the game in the closing stages. Matt O’Kelly scored the final goal of the game on a fast-break after great defensive work from Daniel Martin, and the three goal advantage was too much for Warwick as they failed to score in the final few minutes. It was a fantastic team performance, especially considering this is a side still getting to know each other, as they ran out deserved 27-24 winners.
Captain and joint-top goalscorer Tej Chadeesingh had this to say after the game:
“In a well-contested fixture, the fledgling Birmingham team ran out winners thanks to the contributions of reliable old hands and new stars”