Summer Break & End of Season Review

Tuesday 31st July 2018

As the dust settles on another season, MHC can reflect on a successful year both it’s Men’s and Women’s teams. While not quite enough to deliver promotion to the top tier of English Handball, all of the teams performed admirably with strong showings in both the league and cup competitions.

The Men’s First Team fought a season-long battle with Coventry and Loughborough for the right to represent the north in the Super 8 playoff, but unfortunately the boys couldn’t quite get the job done as they finishing runners-up to Coventry, pipped to the divisional crown by the Shark’s strong defence and physical style of play. Despite the disappointment, the team were able to celebrate with an end of season win against Leeds Beckett closing out the year with a 31 – 21 victory.

The Men’s Second Team also saw success employing a high-tempo, dynamic style of play that stifled opposition attacks and rarely let in goals. Their fast-break style was a prominent feature of the team’s play as evidenced in the final game of the season where they ran out comfortable winners against Lincoln 30 – 21.

The Women’s First Team built on the success of the 16/17 season with another strong showing in the Northern Women’s Development League, however, the real standout was their performances in the National Women’s Shield Cup competition. The Women’s team reached the semi-finals eventually losing out to a strong Loughborough side, freshly crowned as Women’s University Champions. The cup run was particularly pleasing as the women were able to parlay their cup form into strong showings in the league confirming their status as a rising force. Unfortunately, the additional games eventually took their toll on the women and with the team rounded out the season with a 21 – 28 loss to Leeds.

MHC would like to congratulate all of the teams on a fantastic year. With the season closed the committee are already putting plans in motion to ensure 18/19 will be another strong year for the club.

Please check back soon for updates regarding pre-season sessions and other exciting news!