Welcome to the official webpage of the Oxford University Handball Club (OUHaC).
Guests: Here you will find information about the club's history, its present activities and future plans. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Members: If you are or want to become a member of OUHaC then you have to register on this webpage. As a registered member of the club you will have access to additional features such as online payment of membership fees, signup for events and matches, and access to the member's and alumni database.
Alumni: If you have played for OUHaC in the past then please register on this webpage. It is important that we have your up-to-date contact details in our database so that you do not miss out on news updates and alumni events.
OUHaC is always looking for new players at all levels for our men's and women's team. If you have any questions, please contact us.
Ciaran Hayes President
Training Times and Venue
Training Times All training session are advertised on the Events page.
Training Venue Oxford University Sports Centre Jackdaw Lane, Iffley Road Oxford OX4 1EQ Reception 01865 240476 Fax 01865 240894
Match Venue (home matches) Faringdon Leisure Centre Fernham Road Faringdon SN7 7LB Reception 01367 241755 Fax 01367 242055 Hall booking through Andree Curtis
On Monday night the Oxford blues faced a young Oly Cats team in the Stoke Mandeville Sport Centre.
Oxford – unbeaten Development League Tier 2 winner – started the game well, pulling into the lead with 2-5 after just 10 minutes. The chance conversion of both sides was poor in the first half, which ended in a low scoring 5-12 lead for the Blues.
The second half gave the away team a surprise when the Oly cats substituted their goalkeeper for an additional player in attack. This lead to their scoring rate increasing as Oxford’s defence left a few gaps. With interceptions and shots into an open goal from their own half the blues were able to claw back their comfortable lead, resulting in a 17-25 win.
Coach Bostjan Markelc said after the game: “Our defence was strong today but we dropped too many balls and made too many technical mistakes in attack. If we want to progress we need to improve in this area. Next round will be a tougher opponent and we need to be prepared.”
Oxford will play Manchester HC in the next round of the cup. Can the Blues continue their winning streak and qualify for the semi-finals?
Saturday saw both the women’s and men’s teams continue undefeated at home. The women started the day off with a clear victory winning 34-13, after a very impressive first half performance in which Oxford only conceded 4 goals. The first few minutes saw a few wayward shots from both teams, but Oxford soon developed a convincing lead, thanks in no small part to top-scorer Barbara Mair in her final game for the club. A saved penalty by the goalkeeper rounded off Oxford’s strong first-half defence. The second half saw a better showing from Olympia, but it too was dominated by the home team.
The men’s match played out similarly, with Oxford putting some distance between them and Newham Flames before the interval. Both attack and defence were excellent throughout, although the offensive efforts of the first half were a particular highlight, producing a half-time score line of 24-5. As the game wore on, the slippery floor was increasingly a factor, with many players losing their balance and disrupting the flow of the match. Nevertheless, the domination of the home team continued throughout and the game finished in comfortable fashion, with the score at 38-11.
Last Sunday 27th of November, the women’s team faced Medway Dragons in London. The match was expected to be intense for the girls as only one substitute was available. Some early mistakes in defence made the game close from the beginning, but Oxford stayed in the lead with a very tight score of 11-10 at half-time. During the second half, a few unlucky shots hitting the posts and the physical exhaustion in the Oxford team let the Medway Dragons girls keep the gap small up to the 17-18. With such a close scoreboard the game got more aggressive and at some point the Oxford girls only had 4 field players in the court. Nevertheless, they perfectly handled the pressure and responded with a strong defence to get back into the game. In the last few minutes, a great performance of the field players and the goalie gave Oxford the victory with a final score of 24-18.