Great Britain's handball stars spread their wings
Saturday, 15 September 2012
September 15 - Great Britain's male and female handball teams may have failed to progress from the group stages at the London 2012 Olympics, but the value of their individual players to the European game has been emphasised since the Games finished as members of both squads have either joined or resumed playing with professional clubs.
Holly Lam-Moores (pictured above) from Burnley in Lancashire is enjoying her first season with top Danish club Viborg, and has made a big impression since joining the club.
She was top-scorer with seven goals in their first game of the season, beating Slagelse 32-18, and she scored twice in their second win, 36-23 against FIF, which helped make her the second top scorer so far in a team which are top of the early table.
Kelsi Fairbrother is also in Denmark, where she returned to Esbjerg for another season.
She will face her GB teammate in league matches this season, and has already got on the score sheet in the first two matches of the season with Esbjerg winning one and drawing one match.
Goalkeeper Laura Innes has returned to LK Zug in Switzerland, the club where she played a year ago before a back injury saw her return to Britain to focus on the Olympic campaign.
LK Zug won their opening match against Basel 42-27, but then lost narrowly, 23-28 to SPONO Nottwil.
Bury's Kathryn Fudge, who took up the sport via the Sporting Giants scheme fronted by Sir Steve Redgrave, is also plying her trade in Switzerland, where she scored three goals in their first match, beating DHB Rotweiss Thun 32-19 last week.
Ipswich's Louise Jukes joined Danish outfit SK Aarhus in the summer, and made a successful start to the season, scoring twice in their 21-20 opening win over Silkeborg.
Other members of the GB women's handball team include Marie Gerbron, who is now playing with Bravo Håndballklubb Tromsø in Norway, while Zoe Van Der Weel is with Njard and Nina Heglund with Glassverket, both also in Norway.
Ewa Palies is playing with Noisy le Grand in France, while Jane Mayes is now playing with her old club, Tarm-Foersum in Denmark.
Members of the GB men's Olympic handball team are also back in action, with Mark Hawkins returning to Aftureldingar in Iceland.
Sebastien Edgar is playing for Valence in France, while Gawain Vincent is also in France with Girondins de Bordeaux.
Chris Mohr has returned to Odder in Denmark, while Dan McMillan is also returning.
Goalkeeper Nick Satchwell is playing with Basel in Switzerland, alongside GB teammate Simon Wittlin, while Ben Murray is at SV Beckdorf and Scott Frew at PHC Wittenberge, both in Germany.
Meanwhile, many of the GB players, including former captain Ciaran Williams, remain at Salford Handball Club alongside GB assistant coach Bill Baillie.