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 🙂
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.
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.
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.

thuringer HC

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.

Learn Handball in Malta with Luxol Handball Nursery

The Luxol Handball Nursery will be starting handball lesson for kids between 7 and 10 years old. These session will be held at the Mosta Boys’ Secondary School, Zokrija. Session will be held on Sundays from 9:30 am till 11:00 am. The session will be starting 10th November 2013. If you require further information do not hesitate to contact us on


Daniel’s Diary: First Month in Denmark

Well, time flies by and it is already my first month here in Denmark. Now that I got accustomed to the routines and the time table I have, I feel better and with the help of the other students here, I am able to express myself more both socially and on the handball court. This week was quite an active one and this was not only due to the training time table I follow but also due to a lot of other well-structured games and activities.

Training wise, this week we had training with a Men’s Liga Goalkeeper for Aarhus Handball and a 6-0 defence session with Skandeborg Liga Men Team apart from usual training sessions with Jan Poulsen, Jan-Lucas and Toyoki. It was an interesting mix of sessions where everyone could share his knowledge with us so that we can all improve. Apart from that, on Tuesday, I was in charge of the warm-up for the training as part of our Danish Team Coach Class practice. It was nice sharing also some of my knowledge with my teammates and I am glad I had some positive feedback from both players and the coaches.


On the other hand speaking about club training, I had also some good sessions and though the language barrier sometimes it is still uncomfortable, it all turns out easily when we start speaking the handball language. IK Skovbakken (the club I am training with in the evenings) is willing for me to play with their 2nd team that plays in the 3rd division. However, if I prove myself and show up my talents, they are also looking forward to see if I can play for the 2nd division. This weekend I am not able to play since international clearance is not out yet. However, in the next weeks I will be able to play here and am really looking forward to have some competitive playing time here in Denmark.

Apart from handball, the week has been proceeding well so far. In Danish Team Coach Class we had a kind of competition week where we had to split up in teams and play a game called Go Tour. We had several diagrams printed out that they resembles streets or paths in the school area. We had to sign in at check points and finish again at the school. On Tuesday all teams started on a bad note where we walked 1.5km in the wrong direction although finally it was our team that won. On Wednesday and Thursday we had the same game but we weren’t on the winning side. On Thursday we had a different team game in the activity hall and the aim was still to build up a team and to see who is the analyst, who is the leader and other different types of characters within a team.


During the week, the host team made a lot of activities too. These ranged from live café, to films, Champions League games mini-handball tournament and most of all a murder game. Being close to Halloween, after the pumpkin carving of last week, this week we had a game called Murder Game. Every student had another student’s name and he had to ‘kill’ him by just touching him and showing him the paper with his name. However, they had to be just them 2 together and there could have been no witnesses so everyone was running in the school in pairs so they don’t get killed. Well unfortunately, I was killed on the 1st day of the game 😛 Also the Friday night party had a Halloween theme but here the parties are not good as Malta style 😛

Well that was all for this week and wish you all the best 🙂

DANI #12

A Beautiful Game

Many around the world say football is the beautiful game. I like football and I have played football both on 11 a-side teams and futsal. I will not try to convince anyone that football or any other sport is not nice but nothing compares to handball. Handball is played on a relative small field of 40m X 20m and the teams field 7 players each, who for an hour help their team outclass the other. This combination helps the game to develop a very fast pace and nowadays teams are developing a very high defence to try and play a very fast transition to score. The players are developing amazing footwork and amazing strength that results in powerful human beings who think very fast to take a decision.

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Here in Malta the level is not the same as that in France, Spain or Germany but one cannot deny that the leagues of various categories are becoming a more balanced affair and the uncertainty of the games’ outcome has become less obvious. The Maltese game is trying to become more fast and the influx of foreign players in the last couple of years will help the Maltese handball league develop into one of the most followed leagues in Malta.

Luxol Handball Club will soon start running classes for kids between 8-10 years old as Luxol believes that the young kids are the future of the game. Nevertheless, the club is still paying attention on his senior teams who are offering some good outings altered with less enthusiastic performances. The club will keep working in promoting the game of handball in Malta and ensuring its growth by investing in its members.

Daniel’s Diary: Family Day, Pumpkin Carving and Skovbakken Handball

Hello guys and girls it’s me once again…

Well this is my 4th update from Denmark and this shows that I am half way through my 4th week here.

This week I am starting to talk about the extra lessons we have which are not as such handball related and other activities I did during the week. Although the week was quite a normal one, we had a lot of different things and activities going on. Obviously enough, we had assemblies going on which have some good music and one of the bands who is formed up by the students performed their songs very well during one of the assemblies as one of the guys is soon leaving the school. This week also some Danish students were also teasing me about the 6-0 football defeat Malta had to Denmark.

Apart from that on Wednesday we had to do a very good clean up around the school and every Team of students was given a task and a place to clean. My team had to clean the Multiart room and although there was quite a lot of work to be done I must say that cleaning was fun. There were some bad TV sets that had to be demolished and staff that had to be thrown out for trash. We did our work and there was a lot of teamwork from everyone so that the task could be completed in minimal time. This cleanup was done in advance for family day which will be held on the first Saturday of November. Usually this day is more commonly used for Danish people that have their families visiting for a few hours in the school. However, I am lucky enough that in this day I will be having Lara and her brother joining me for the duration of the whole weekend 🙂

Thursday some of the guys also did pumpkin carving for next Halloween. I couldn’t make it as I had training but some of the pumpkin carved had some good creativity. I just wanted to post on some photos of the carved pumpkins made by the students here.


Friday morning we also had cultural Friday. This consists of a 1 hour activity/lecture/presentation where we get to know more about Denmark and also the countries from which the students come from. This week it was Canada and although they had some technical defaults ( Canadians and technology don’t match 😛 ) they set up a very interesting presentation on their country and the province they come from, Alberta. I can just ensure 1 thing from what I could see: Canada is an amazing place and the Canadians (though they don’t have that much of an identity) are even more amazing 🙂

Canadian Flag

Well as the past weeks I had my routine training which varied between the academy training and training with 2nd division club, Skovbakken. The week training started on a good note and in the first 2 days I had 1 gym session, 4 handball training sessions and a friendly match where I played for Skovbaken’s 3rd team and I faired well and we won 🙂


On Wednesday I had to pass out on the gym session I had since I had to recover from the previous 2 days and also due to the fact that I had flu and was feeling sick. On Thursday and Friday I still had routine training sessions though my performance dropped due to fatigue and the flu. However, on a general note I am pleased with how the week has gone. This week Skovbakken shall decide whether they want me to join their club for this year and play in one of their teams.

Well I wish you all luck for this weekend’s games. I know these will be difficult matches but I am sure you will give it your all. I am always keeping updates over here and just know that you will always keep on having my support 🙂

Take care and keep on fighting for good results 🙂

Dani #12


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Daniel’s Diary: Cleaning Duty, Tournament and Blast from the Past

Hi all. Welcome to my 3rd week update 🙂

Last week ended with me and the other 2 Canadian goalkeepers being chosen as players of the week for the handball academy. It was quite a surprise and something I wasn’t expecting. The weekend was quite a relaxed one and very cloudy too. On Sunday we had 2 friendly games where we had 2 teams from the handball academy playing against teams from the local club of Skovbakken. We lost the games but however there was some good team play and every individual gave his best.


Monday started with breakfast and then the team I had cleaning duty. I am in Team 9 and the teams have to follow a schedule of duties which differs from kitchen duty to cleaning and hosting activities duties. This week was our cleaning duty and I had to clean the ‘bunker’/cinema area. Early morning I also had my powersport (gym) session. I had to minimize a bit my workout as I had some shoulder pain but I still had a good session. Soon after the gym I had to wash and go for an early lunch as soon after we had to travel to Ollerup for a tournament between schools to cut a bit the handball routine. After a 2+ hour trip we arrived in Ollerup school.

Ollerup 3

Although a bit isolated in the countryside, this school was aesthetically very pleasing and there was an immense amount of resources that we could use like a trampoline hall, climbing wall, etc… The first IHA students (the academy I am attending – Idraetshojskolen Aarhus) started their competitions in volleyball, hockey, football and other workshops. We had good results on the first day and soon it was time for the concert show from different schools throughout the night. There was some great talent where we had some of our teachers helping out to run the show and 2 of our students – Maja and Jakob showing off their musical talents. As the concert was over it was time to go to sleep in the big indoor hall Ollerup has. We slept on mattresses and in sleeping bags in a hall which holds 3 handball courts in it next to each other. Tuesday we continued with the games and I played some volleyball. It was fun and our school got to win the 11-a-side boys competition, 5-a-side girls competition and dominate the hockey tournament with 1st, 3rd and 4th place and only being so close and unlucky not to get all the podium. After the awards presentation we headed back to Aarhus where everyone was exhausted.

Orchestra Aarhus

Wednesday after cleaning duty, started again with gym session and I could do my work out to the full cause my shoulder was rested well in the previous 2 days. Then I had usual routine lessons where I continued to try and learn Danish and learn more about Danish culture. In night we had a 1 hour concert by 2 musicians which was really nice and we could listen to very good music. Thursday morning was the 1st session of handball for the week after Ollerup experience. Everyone was up for it and had a good session after the break we had in Ollerup. I also had Danish Team Coach Class and went to help a German student from school – Jan Lucas with a session he had to do for a class of 15 year olds that came from an outside school for a couple of days to witness the sports high school experience. In the evening, after dinner I had to go for Skovbakken’s training. It was a good training session and I got to know some of the guys more.

Friday is Game day and we had the weekly in-house tournament that we do between us academy students. After we went to the town centre for our cultural time where we got to here to the Aarhus symphonic Orchestra. It was good time and it was followed by an amazing dinner too. Later on today I will go to see the local ladies team – SK Aarhus play against China’s National Team as preparation for the local side’s league game tomorrow. This weekend looks to be quite full with lots of games that we can go to watch for free but you’ll know more about this next week.

Lastly I didn’t want you to miss this. I just encountered some term photos from the past years and guess what I encountered?! This is Joe back in 2003/04 for those who didn’t remember him in those times.I just want to send my regards to all and be sure that your comments, messages and other nice words you send are always appreciated. I want to wish you all the best and that you have a nice week.


Take care & Best Regards

Dani #12

Handball News from Europe

The main round of the EHF Women Champions League has finally started with the first round of the games being played last weekend. The usual suspects won their encounters with certain ease and seem that they will not find any real opposition till they start meeting each other.

Hungarians Gyor beat Hypo Niederosterreich with a comfortable 41-22 and lead group A. The leaders of group B Budocnost had no problem against Lublin but FC Midtylland showed their mettle by beating FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria. After a 36-28 victory Krim Mercator showed they are the real threat from group C while Larvik won HC Podravka Vegeta by a margin of 16 goals in group D. The only real worry happened to Larvik who lost their star 38 year old keeper Cecilie Leganger due to an Achilles injury. She needs at least 18 weeks on the side lines but should be in time for the next round. Leganger will be replaced by the other veteran keeper 45 year old Lene Rantala.

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National teams are finalising their preparations for the Men EHF Euro 2014. In the end of October Denmark, France, Croatia and Norway will meet in the Golden League to sharpen their work ahead of the competition in Denmark. The group stages of the European competition will be held in four major cities in Denmark, mainly Copenhagen, Arhus, Herning and Aalborg. The competition is expected to have few surprises but one must pay attention to a very hard fought group C in Aarhus with Serbia, France, Poland and Russia.

On a local note, our senior teams started their MHA Cup schedule on a negative note. The men faced Phoenix and drew a low scoring 17-17 game. Phoenix’s keeper had a very good performance and our players’ shots could not go through him. Our own keeper Daniel Gauci had a very good game, together with Imed Ben Moussa whose tally of goals kept us in the game all the time and Aidan Tanti was instrumental to have scored the final goal in the last ten seconds of the game.

The ladies’ team was the negative protagonists of a 12-11 loss against a very determined Kavallieri team. The loss though not expected can be accepted but the performance has been below the standard our girls can show and that is the thing that hurts the most. The result of the ladies’ team will not undermine the work by the club and the team itself and the club is sure that the ladies will show resilience in the coming matches.

Daniel’s Diary: Settling In Denmark

So here is the round up of my 2nd week in Denmark.

I must say that I am adapting to the routine and I am settling in well with the mates here attending the sports high school. The weekend started at around 1400hrs where we have what is called the Go Weekend or Cultural Friday assembly. It was quite a nice assembly and we are always singing songs here in these assemblies both in Danish and English so when I’ll be back I’ll start singing for you ( Believe me you wouldn’t want it 😛 ) Anyways in the night there is a kind of in-house party and it was a superhero theme and so those who wanted could have worn costumes. Obviously being my first week I didn’t have anything prepared and I did like half of the people and just went there wearing as smart man 😛

Anyways Saturday soon rolled on and though being relaxed it also offered me some new amazing handball experience. In the afternoon some of us in the handball academy went to see SK Aarhus, a ladies team in the women’s elite division in Denmark. The level was very high and SK Aarhus dominated the game. This team is also coached by one of our academy coaches, Jesper Holmris, so it was nice to see him on the bench from an outside point of view. Also in this game a Hungarian player, Ramona Szabo featured. She used to be an academy student when Joseph was in Denmark so it was kind of an inspiration for me that here I can learn a lot. In the evening we also played some fun mini handball which I believe is a very fun and physical demanding game. Sunday was also quite relaxed and we had an individual technique handball session by 2 students who are developing their coaching skills here in the academy and then I joined the Canadians and 2 of the Japanese guys in a lunch in downtown Aarhus and then it was followed by a small visit to a bar where we celebrated Janel Rogiani’s (Canadian girl) birthday.


The week soon started and obviously it was again hard work. During the week I had a test in the gym where I had to see the maximum weights I lift for different body parts. Now I also got my program and I can work on the physical aspect apart from the goalkeeper aspect. The week followed on with the normal 4 handball sessions and other classes such as the Danish Team Coaching Class and the Danish Language Lessons apart from the assemblies and other activities we have. Also this week I had a trial in a 2nd division club, Skovbakken where I trained with them both Tuesday and Thursday so we will see how I faired with them. On a positive note also, internet connection seems to have gotten better at least in the common area and I am very happy that most of you wrote to me and sorry if I sometimes reply late.

I wish you all the best for this weekend’s games and I am sure you will all do well. Just keep fighting till the end no matter what and keep believing in yourself and in your teammates. Hope I will receive some positive messages and feedback from your performances. I will be supporting you from here and I will be wearing the polo shirt you gave me for support


Wish you all the best, loads of affection and best regards to all of you and your families…

Kom nu Luxol !! ——>   Come on Luxol !!

Dani #12

Daniel Tanti Starts a New Experience in Denmark

It has been hard to bid farewell to one of the players who has honoured our colours so passionately and who had become one of the top representatives of our club. Daniel was not only a good player for our Men 1st Division Team but was also proving himself in developing our young talents. While we wish Daniel the best in his new experience we know we will be getting back a more complete player who will take us to new heights. Daniel started following the game of handball with interest in 2003 when he used to go for the training sessions with Depiro Handball Club and a year later he joined the U/17 boys of Salesians. Daniel started as a player but when the team found themselves without a keeper, he was tried in post by his brother Joseph who was coaching him and from that day on Daniel stuck to this role.

When Salesians became D6, Daniel was still playing in the junior teams but at age 15 he found himself playing with the senior team. With D6 ceding to exist, Luxol was formed and Daniel followed his brothers to the St. Andrews team. With Luxol Daniel played in the then Promotion League and the Senior team. In 2009-2010 Daniel won the Best Male Player in the Promotion League and in the next three seasons, he won the Best Player Award for the 1st Division League. It was the first time that a player has won this title for three consecutive years. In 2011 Daniel had a trial with Bundesliga outfit BHC 06. The German team was interested to sign Daniel but the deal fell short for personal reasons. The German team helped Daniel to stay in Germany to monitor him but it was deemed that time and opportunities were not good enough for such a move. Now Daniel has the opportunity to improve his skills in Denamrk at Arhus Sports High School.

The coaches at the school had long been paving way for Daniel to go and it was deemed that this time round, it was good to go and try new ventures. In Denmark Daniel has already attracted lots of interest and he will be having various trials for Elite Clubs. In the coming days he will be having a trial with Skovbakken Aarhus who play in the second division Danish league. Skovbakken are aiming to go back to the first division and they are investing to have a good future of which we hope Daniel will make part of.

We wish Daniel all the best and we hope that he achieves the goals and aims he has set for his future.