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A deserved win for the ladies team

After 2 credible outings our ladies team registered the first win of the season. It was a win based on tactical discipline where our 6/0 defence backed by a good performance by Josianne Attard made it look easier than it really was. Phoenix tried hard to penetrate our defence but our girls were very close in defence, making it easy to go on fast transitions and strike when Phoenix defence was unbalanced. After dominating the first half with a score of 13-1, our girls relaxed a bit missing some easy shots in the second half and a good performance by Daniela Mifsud helped Phoenix get a more respectable result, though Luxol ended up winners with a score of 19-7.

On Saturday our men had a good performance against La Salle and though our men lost 29-23 the team never gave up and for most of the game was close to its opponents. This should augur well for the coming games and one hopes that when the league starts, the men would be a more threatening side against the more powerful teams.

New Season Stronger Heart

After a long summer of apprehensions and preparations the season has finally started with the Super Cup and the MHA Cup. Our men team took the field against La Salle on 27th September. The match was a balanced affair more than expected with La Salle having two goals advantage by half time. Luxol suffered a setback after 7 minutes in the second half which saw them loose ground and La Salle ending worthy winners of the Super Cup.

 

In the first weekend of the MHA Cup our men faced another contender for the league and after starting undertone, Luxol gained ground but lost the game by 3 goals. The game was under Aloysians’ control all the time and Luxol must feel this game was like a lost occasion as the start was an awful one for Luxol full of turnovers. One must feel quite satisfied with the men team after these two performances, where the transition proved to be the team’s strongest asset. Better attention to basics and more accuracy in front of goal, together with stronger defence should be the focus on which to continue to strengthen the team.

 

The ladies faced Kavallieri in their first game. Our girls did well against a stronger side and more patience in attack together with more accuracy could have tilted the measure on our side. Kavallieri’s speed proved very important in the first part of the second half as our girls could not stop Kavallieri’s fast transition. Better feeling of the game will surely help our girls’ team to reach new heights.

 

One should be satisfied with our teams’ outings albeit there is room for improvement that would help us get more wins and maybe offer a stronger challenge for higher placing in the league.

Skandeborg Handball team in Malta

Danish Liga team Skandeborg who last season finished 8th out of 16 teams in the Danish top division, will be doing their training camp in Malta between the 18th and 22nd August. Skandeborg will use this camp to continue on their aim of creating a better cohesion between their young talents and the more experienced players and to get ready for the new season where they want to push harder for a European spot. Skandeborg will visit Malta thanks to Daniel Tanti who last season while playing for Skovbakken, managed to have a couple of sessions with the liga team. Aksel Noorgard, one of the trainers at Skandeborg, invited Luxol Handball players Daniel and Joseph Tanti to train with the liga team. The two brothers know Mr. Noorgaard through their stay at Aarhus Sports High School where Mr. Noorgaard is a coach.

Skandeborg will face Malta’s National Team for a friendly game during their stay on the island.  The game will be on Thursday 21st August @ 6.30pm @ University Hall.

Daniel’s Diary: Handball European Championship Final here in Denmark

Hi All,

I hope you all have been doing well. Sorry for writing a bit late again but day were busy. Last Sunday it was the Handball European Championship Final here in Denmark. I didn’t get to see the final match live at the hall but we still watched it on a big screen here in school. The whole championship has been a success and it was great to be volunteering as part of the statistics team cause we got to take some photos with world class players.

Apart from that it has been snowing and freezing cold from almost Day 1 that I came back here after the Christmas holidays. Even though there is this bad weather here, we still have our cosy moments in assembly or other activities where we get to listen to some music, play board games or play some billiards in our free time. Classes have been going good also espescially Danish Team Coach Class where we had a short 45 minute presentation by Japan’s Women National Team Coach. Apart from that we also got out first task in Danish Team Coach Class which is doing a 24-hour based activities for a U/16 boys football team to enhance their individual capabilities with regards to mental capability, determination and self awareness. Also the aim of the task is to bring the group together and help in organising a mixture of hard and fun tasks for these young athletes.

In handball it has also been going good and apart from high level training at IHAA, I also had my official first game since I am back here in January after 2 friendly matches. Next Sunday we also have another important game and I am really looking forward and pumped up for it. Next week also a lot of the students will be going abroad on a ski trip but I am staying back in the school and we are having a different week here but it will sure be a fun one.

Lastly but not least, I know that the club especially the Ladies 1st Division Team will be having some changes but I am sure that they will continue to grow together and help each other out in their tasks and follow on the previous things that they have learned. On a personal point of view, I am also happy to be shortlisted for the Gieh l-iSport Malti through MHA together with official Alan Grima. This is a huge step for me and will try to continue on climbing these kind of steps one at a time. This would not have been possible without the help of the MHA itself who backed me up, the Sports Scholarship body for giving me the opportunity to be here in Denmark, Lara who has always supported me and my family and her family who in their own way have always set up a fire in me to continue and work hard in whatever way I had decided. Lastly but also mostly, I would like to thank my brother and mentor Joseph Tanti for always believing in me and giving me and this club that he founded all his best knowledge, experience and love. Surely his work can be surely seen and this is not only from a personal point of view but also from a Maltese Handball Association member.

This was it for this week and hope that you can have a good week-end and rest of the week where you can bring me some happy updates from our rock 🙂 From my end in a few weeks or months time I can also have some new and different activities going on and it would be great to see how you would my new stuff will be received.

Take care and Best Regards

Dani #12

Denmark Hosts the Men European Championships

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The Men European Championships have offered us some amazing encounters in the Preliminary Round and with the competition advancing to the Main Round we take a look at the amazing championships so far.

Hosts Denmark passed from group A with an unbeaten record, overcoming the opposition of Austria and Macedonia who still go through and Czech Republic who returned home with only a draw to their account. Spain, Iceland and Hungary go through group B. Spain were unbeaten in this group. The group also saw Norway play some great handball but their inconsistency through the games cost them some points against Hungary and Iceland. Hungary were unlucky to loose Laslo Nagy before the competition and their performances in attack lacked his flare. Croatia had no problem to top group D followed by Sweden and Belarus. Group C was the most interesting with France winning all their games. Poland, Russia and Serbia all won a game each and this put all the three on two points each. With the goal difference rule coming into effect, Serbia were sent packing and this was the first major surprise of the tournament. Serbia were one of the favourites to challenge for gold after that in 2012 they were second.

 

The competition now proceeds with the two groups of the main round. In group 1 there is Denmark and Spain who are favourites to advance to the semi-finals, even though Iceland can surprise Spain into the semi-finals. In group 2, France and Croatia are favourites to go to the next stage, though Poland can be revived by the great comeback they have managed against Belarus.

Our own Daniel Tanti was present at the championships as he was keeping statistics for the EHF. He was following group C, the one who had, France, Poland, Russia and Serbia, in the Preliminary Round and now he will follow the Main Group 2, who is being played in Aarhus where Daniel is playing handball.

Daniel’s Diary: Holidays in Malta and Back to Handball

Hi all,
It has been long time since my last write-up. Spending the holidays in Malta was fun and refreshing. Having a hot climate and some slight rain was relaxing. However, the holidays were not just this. I managed to make up and meet most of the people that I couldn’t see in the past 2 months. Seeing family, friends, my Luxol family and the Maltese handball community was nice and I could catch up with some things that I had missed.
Now that I am back here in the freezing cold days in Denmark I started again with the routine I had finished 1 month ago. Although I had trained a bit with my Luxol brothers and sisters, it was still bit hard to remove the rust after 1 month almost of holidays. However, I immediately started on the right step where the enthusiasm and level shown in the first week in the handball academy here in Denmark were great. This term almost all the Canadians have left back to Canada but there is still a lot of high level players that remained such as the Japanese, the British and 2 other Canadians. Apart from that the academy has been spiced up with some local Danish talent where we also have a U21 Icelnadic player and a 1st Division Danish player joining the academy. This is a huge boost for me and am willing to test myself to some of the upcoming foreign talent.
This year I am also in Team 5 in the general school teams and here we got a nice group that is making the general school atmosphere good. I also started training with my Danish club here, Skovbakken. I am really looking forward to start playing again here as I miss the playing minutes after a month’s stop.
Finally, this term also started on a positive note due to the European Championships here in Denmark. As a former handball academy student in the last term, I was invited with other student to volunteer as part of the statistic team where we are taking elaborate statistics of all the matches taking place in Aarhus, NrGI Arena. We are lucky cause we get to stay in the best seats in the arena and all our work is recorded on online team sheets and used by journalists and live on TV so it is sometimes also stressful not to make an error. However, also because of this we manage to meet a lot of world class players that are playing in Group C i.e. France, Serbia, Russia, Poland which will now be joined by another 3 teams who passed for the main round from the Spanish group. As you can see I managed some signatures and photos with some of the best players.
Anyway, wish you all the best for this new year that has started and hope that sooner rather than later, we shall meet agian.
Regards and all the best,
Dani #12
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World Championships in Serbia

Currently Serbia is in the spotlight of the handball world as the 21st Women World Championships are being held in the ex-Yugoslavian state.

During the first part of the championships, we have noticed the different styles of the national teams from the different continental federations. The European countries have been more tactical in attack while opting more for aggressive 6/0 defences. The Brazilians, who are the most prominent South American representative, play close to the European style, while the Asian national teams play a very aggressive and deep 3/2/1 defence with more basic fast actions in attack.

After the Preliminary round, the four teams that qualified from the four groups, proceed to the eight finals while the two teams failing to proceed from their respective group, play in the Presidents’ Cup for placement. In the Presidents’ Cup, Algeria, Tunis, China and Australia managed to beat their opponents. In the eight finals, Germany beat Angola and France beat Japan by 8 goals. Poland edged Romania in a closed encounter with 2 goals after the latter were leading 13-10 in the half time. In a very closed encounter, Denmark overcame a stern Montenegro side by the lone goal for a score of 22-21.

Denmark Celebrating

Poland and Denmark will be meeting France and Germany respectively in the first two quarter finals while one will be expecting Norway, Brazil, Hungary and Serbia to join them. Denmark and Norway are the favourites for the final. Hungary, with the core players from Gyor are also good contenders with Serbia and Brazil, series contenders to be a surprise.

Daniel’s Diary: Laser Tag, Ice Hockey and Handball

Hi all, 

Hope you had a fantastic week 🙂 Over here this week was a different one since a lot of guys went to La Santa, Spain on a sports holiday there. However, over here we still had a nice programme. Well as you well aware of in my last blog this week we had a friendly against a school team here in Aarhus. We lost the game but we put in a very good performance against a side which had an Under 19 world champion, a danish liga player for Skanderborg and some youngsters from the liga team of Aarhus Handball. 

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On Wednesday we had a cultural run where we ran for 5.5km with many intervals to learn and see some of the historical and cultural places in Aarhus. It was a nice run and we got to know more this city’s history though on  a personal note it is nothing to compare with our island’s culture and I bet that Valletta in 2018 will be a better capital of culture for Europe than Aarhus will be in 2017. Also this week apart from handball training, we had fitness and agility training where we had a hard and though workout doing both cross-fit and circuit training.

This week we also had fun playing laser tag and trying ice-skating and ice hockey. The 1st activity i.e. laser tag was quite good and our team managed a respectful 3rd place from 6 teams. However, I didn’t have the same fortune on ice. It was the 1st time for me and so I had quite difficult time. On the other hand it seemed that the Canadians had learnt how to skate even before knowing how to walk. They were rocking the arena and when it came to hockey (or as they say: haaackey) well they were outstanding. I had a couple of falls but we were given nice hockey wear and this made it less hurtful. Right now my mobile has broke down so I had to lend some photos and maybe soon I can also bring you a video 🙂
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On Wednesday, we prepared some games for children who are physically and mentally impaired that would join us on Thursday. When these children game they found an oasis of activities waiting for them and they spent 5 hours at the school of absolute fun. It was nice to see all the happy and smiling faces of these children and reminded that the true value of sport is to bring differences together and unite.
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On Friday I had a match with Skovbakken and after the match the school mates from La Santa returned to the school sharing with us there experiences. We also exchanged our experiences and the night chilled out. On Saturday, I had another game with Skovbakken which unfortunately we lost but I felt I did well. On Sunday the plans are a visit to the town centre as I have a full free day.
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Hope all of you are ok and that you are having a good time back on the rock.
Wish you all the best and take care 🙂
Dani #12

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Daniel’s Diary: IK Skovbakken Debut and Lara Visiting

Hello Ladies and Gents,

It’s me once again and I must first apologize for not giving you any updates last couple of weeks. Well this was due to a very busy time table and though I tried hard to give you my update, I couldn’t make it. Well these have been some of the best weeks I had till now. The cooperation and synergy between the students here seems to continue to develop and there was such a nice atmosphere here. The peak of these couple of weeks was last Friday when Lara came to visit me for the weekend 🙂 It was such a lovely weekend and it had been something I missed a lot. Handball wise I also had my debut over here in Denmark where I played for IK Skovbakken. My performance was quite ok taking in consideration that it was my first match in a totally different game type. I felt well and I feel I can continue to develop and mature in the game. I also had some more games with Skovbakken now where I played both in Serie 1 and 3rd Division. I am aiming to continue on developing and continue to do well in my games and training. The possibilities here in Denmark are great and I am willing to continue to find my opportunities here.
A week ago, it started with kitchen duty as my students group has to help in the meals here. We are to prepare tables, forks, knives, cups and bring out food for all the students here. It is nice to help the others and work as a team as it facilitates the work and also being of service to others means that everyone cares for each other. Also on Wednesday we had a nice trip where I got to know more about myself and apart from that I appreciated more the small things in life. Before doing this trip however, on Wednesday morning I had training with SK Aarhus (ladies professional team). It was quite nice to train with them and to see a different perspective of doing sports as a job and not only as a passion or hobby.
This week some of the students went on a trip to La Santa, Spain and we who stayed here had a bit of different programme but still an intense one. Last Friday we had laser games and roller hockey which went quite well. In the weekend I had 2 matches with IK Skovbakken. I also am participating in Movember and although I felt weird, it is a nice thing to raise awareness on men’s cancer 🙂
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Monday started with a tough fitness and agility session where we had cross-fit and a 12 station circuit which was well prepared and physically stressing but satisfying to complete. We also had handball training and I feel that I am getting more used to the Danish way of playing handball where most of it is based on fast-paced handball and team moves. The plan of this week consists of a friendly against a school team here in Aarhus and some more physical exercises and handball training. Also on Wednesday we should have a run through the city of Aarhus where we should also have a cultural experience of the city which will be the Capital City for Culture in 2017 (a year ahead of Valletta). Other activities should be preparation of games for people who are less physically able and also training again with SK Aarhus ladies professional team.
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Well I am also keeping updated with you in Malta. I know that it started raining down there but I am sure it is not as cold as here. I am also keeping updated about handball and though the boys didn’t have the nicest of finishes to  the MHA Cup, I am sure that you will be able to bounce back and work hard to achieve more wins in the league as you very well did in the first league match. The girls I know that you will do well and give some good performances and I know that the nursery also started with their games so I wish them luck.
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Next week I will continue to update you more on my life here and will give a sum up of the first 2 months here in Denmark and how this week went. Well it is always nice to hear from you too also so I am open for anyone who wants to chat.
I wish you all the best and hope that we can hear each other soon.
Dani #12

 

 

Women Champions League advance to the Main Round

The Women Champions’ League group matches have given their verdict and have told us who will be advancing to the Main Round. As expected Gyori have won all their games from group A which proved to be a very interesting group with the other three teams ending up on equal points.

German team Thuringer HC will advance to the main round after suffering only a goal difference of -6 in respect to Hypo’s -21 and Baia Mare -22. It was the second consecutive year that Hypo Niederosterreich did not reach the main round but will advance to the EHF Cup Winner’s Cup. On the other hand, it was first time ever for German outfit Thuringer to reach the Main Round. Group D on the other hand offered no real emotions with Vardar and Larvik taking the first two places with 11 and 9 points respectively. The only surprise was how Larvik did not end as winners of the group. From group B, we will see FC Midylland and Budocnost who advanced in the last game by beating FTC Cargo Hungaria. Krim Mercator and Savehof will advance from group C. In the main round we will see two groups of four teams each out of which the first two will advance to the semi-finals. Gyor, Larvik remain the main contenders with Budocnost, Krim and FC Midylland fighting for the other two places in the semis.

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Half way through the Men group phase, the four teams that will advance from each group are already being identified. Vesprem, won all their games in group A and are likely to proceed with Rhein Nectar Lowen. The other two places are to be disputed between Zapororzhye, Zagreb and Celje. Kiel, Targi Kielce and Copenhagen lead group B on 8 points each and will advance with Wisla Plock and Porto fighting for the last available place. Group C is also interesting with Barcelona leading with 9 points, Skopje and Metalurg on 6, PSG on 5 and Minsk on 4. Group D is led by the German current champions of Hamburg followed by Flensburg, Aalborg and La Rioja who have a great chance to advance to the next stage.

From a local perspective, the local leagues started with our teams having different fortunes. One must be satisfied with the commitment shown but some technical errors have cost us the games. This will not hinder our aims at doing well in the league and will keep fighting hard to make our ends meet in order to do well.