Old foes deny Ruislip Eagles in beach handball final

Ruislip Eagles transferred their form from the court to the sand as they reached the final of the British Beach Handball Tournament in Poole.

After a defeat in their first match against Coventry Sharks, victories over Thames, Poole Phoenix and Nottingham earned the Eagles second spot in their group.

In the quarter-finals, they faced a Norfolk Dragons team which included some Portuguese talent and they needed some fine saves in a shoot-out from goalkeeper Jeremie Boullanger to progress.

The semi-final, against Brighton Seahawks, was also hotly contested and once again Boullanger came up with the goods to help the team reach the final.

There they met London GD in a repeat of a final that took place in a preparatory London beach handball tournament last month.

The game saw spectacular offensive moves from both sides but London GD emerged triumphant and, despite an impressive performance from Romas Sakovicius, the Eagles finished runners-up after a fantastic campaign.

Ruislip manager Marc Fayemi said: “The Poole British Beach Handball Championship is now a well-established event in our handball season.

“Every year it grows in participation and in quality. We were absolutely delighted to compete in such a fantastic and well organised tournament. Reaching the final was a superb achievement.”

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