Handball: University of Leeds will struggle to survive this season

The women’s University of Leeds handball side mathematically have a chance to remain in the Super 8 for the 2015-16 season, but they’re not going to do it this weekend against top side Olympia.

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Leeds have only won one match all season, unsurprisingly at home to the team just above them, Ruislip Eagles. In contrast, 2014 winners Olympia have lost just one match, being pipped 16-17 by London Angels last month. With 3 points for a win and even a point for a loss in the top division of English handball, and two games in hand over their rivals, last season’s sixth placed side (when it was the Super 7) Leeds have what it takes to beat mid-table Deva and London Angels in the week to come – they just need a bit of luck.

Elsewhere this weekend, it’s 7 vs 6 as Ruislip aim to create some more ground between them and Leeds by taking on Thames. Their opponents come fresh from their first win in six (possibly no surprises that it was University of Leeds) and will return to the form mid-season that saw them beat Olympia and draw with two sides either side of that. Deva face NEM Hawks but have too much to do to secure a European place. It’s also a London derby with London Angels hosting the Great Danes.

In the penultimate weekend of the men’s Super 8, it’s a league of two halves with the leading two sides, Warrington and London GD, facing off against Manchester and Coventry Sharks respectively.

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