Changes at the Club

Some of you will already know this, but for anybody who I haven’t already told, in January I will be starting a new job in London. Therefore, sadly, I will no longer have a regular involvement with Coventry Handball Club. Whilst my disappointment at not being able to be a part of the club is huge, I can at least reflect back over what has been an incredibly successful first four months for the club. The progress we have made in so many areas has been immense, and if the momentum that the club has built up can be maintained, I’m sure the club will continue to grow and grow.

It’s also reassuring knowing that I’m leaving the club in safe hands. Paul and Duane were there from the very start – without them, there would simply be no club. I would also like to thank Lukasz for massively improving the standard of play at the club through his excellent coaching. Paul will be moving to replace myself as Chair, with Duane becoming the new Treasurer. Therefore we will be looking for a new club secretary – if you are interested in that role, or perhaps think you could help the club in some other capacity, please speak to Paul. Any help that the club gets will be greatly appreciated, and my own example should provide proof if proof were needed of the benefits getting involved with a club. It’s probably fair to say that without this role on my CV, I wouldn’t have been offered my new job. 2013 will be a huge year for the club as we look to move into establishing a junior system and entering into men’s and women’s leagues for the first time, so if you’d like to get more involved with the club, now would be the perfect time.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who has come down to sessions and played. Seeing everyone enjoying themselves has made all of the work incredibly rewarding and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I wish the club every success for the future, and hopefully we will meet again on a Handball court at some stage. Hopefully I will see you all either at training over the next two Thursdays or at the social on Friday to say a proper goodbye in person.



Match Report v Warwick University 2nd December

Coventry HC 23-12 Warwick University HC Development Team

I wrote last week that, as frustrating as the last-minute loss was, I’d be happy as long as we learned from the lessons of that defeat and improved. Well, I think it’s fair to say that we did that and more against Warwick today. Last week was a case of us being the victims of our own frustrations, but from the off today it was clear that we were not going to repeat the same mistakes. The game was fairly even early on – Warwick even took an early lead in the game – but throughout the first half we kept our composure, kept focussing on taking the right options and quickly putting behind us anything that didn’t go our way. We definitely had the greater strength in-depth amongst our squad – people were coming off the bench and making a real positive impact – and slowly we pulled out to and 8-5 lead, with Vicente scoring 3 of our first 5 goals. The five minutes prior to half-time really killed the game as a contest, as we scored four unanswered goals to go into the break with a 12-5 lead. The second half was slightly closer in terms of the scoreline (11-7), but I think this was mainly down to a slight loss of fluency in our game as a result of multiple substitutions, giving players opportunities to play in different positions as well as a couple of 2 minute suspensions. I felt we controlled the game well in the second half, and the final score was a fair reflection on the game as a whole.

Congratulations to all of the guys who were involved, and thanks again to Warwick for the game, as well as providing an excellent referee. We can hopefully look forward to many more Coventry derbies in the years to come. If we continue to build on this performance in training, then it will stand us in good stead for 2013. Before then there is potentially one more fixture in two weekends time – hopefully we will have something confirmed in the next week.

Today’s Goalscorers were:

Lukasz – 5

Przemek – 5

Jon – 5

Utsav – 4

Vicente – 3

Sena – 1