Olympia lifted the England Handball women’s National Cup with a 19-18 over Super-8 rivals Coventry Sharks.
Olympia, backed by a sizeable support amongst a record finals crowd, fought back after the Sharks made a strong start and had led for much of the match. The result made it a double disappointment for Coventry after the Sharks lost against London GD in the showpiece event in 2015.
Mathilde Bidstrup top scored for Olympia with nine goals, while Aija Gremzde found the back of the net six times for the Sharks.
Speaking about his side’s comeback coach Aurelian Gug said: “We were ready for these type of tough moments and I told them if they believe in themselves they can do it.”
Meanwhile, Warrington Wolves claimed a fourth successive England Handball National Cup success after beating London GD 29-21 in the men’s finals at the Copper Box.
Wolves’ victory denied GD the League and Cup double after the Capital City side wrapped up the Super-8 title last week.
Coach Bill Baillie said: “I’m very proud of the team and I think this is our best achievement because this is our youngest team to date. GD are very experienced but we had youth on our side.”
Talking about the potential of the team Baillie added: “I believe we can only get better.”
NEM Hawks enjoyed a double celebration as they won the boy’s and girl’s under-18 titles.
The girls beat Warrington Wolves 23-11 to claim their sixth successive title, while the boy’s won a nerve-jangling encounter against Carshalton Tigers 24-25, the match going to overtime.
Girl’s coach Donna Hankinson said: “This is great. I can’t believe that we’ve done it. For both teams to win is great for the club.”
Boy’s coach Ryan Goodwin commented: “I’m extremely proud. This is a big achievement.”