First Defeat for BUHC

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After a storming start to the London Universities Handball League, the first ever of its kind in the UK, BUHC are brought back to earth by Imperial.

BUHC’s second game of the league came against Imperial, who in 2012/13 finished 4th at the National Championships, and after retaining most of their players were still a force to be reckoned with. After suffering injuries in training the same week BUHC were already the bare bones of a team, and a slow start meant they quickly went 4-0 down. However, after picking up the pace they reduced the deficit to 14-12 before a serious knee injury to left back and star player Felipe De Barros Barreto, who had scored 10 against previous opponents Middlesex, killed off Brunel's momentum. They went into the break 18-12 down.

The second half was a much similar story. BUHC reduced the difference to three before another injury, this time to influential centre back Dries Van Bever, meant again the score slipped, with Imperial soon boasting a 10 goal lead. With only one substitute remaining and no dedicated centre back the game had slipped out of their hands. Despite this the final minutes were the most positive for BUHC. Two goals from Matt Norris, the only player who had missed out on scoring against Middlesex in the previous game, and inspired keeping from Sean Dorling, in only his second ever game, meant they finished on a high. The final score 34-25 to Imperial.

Captain Sam Crocker said of the team: 'We played with our hearts in the game, if we play with that much heart each week we'll win every game. Without the injuries this week then we can, and did, match them.' 

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