Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vikings Hope Beach Involvement Will Be Brit of All Right; HANDBALL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vikings Hope Beach Involvement Will Be Brit of All Right; HANDBALL

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NEWCASTLE Vikings' women's team will be competing in the British Beach Handball Championships in Poole, Dorset, this weekend.

Taking place at Branksome Chine Beach, the tournament is now in its third year and features its biggest team entry yet with 33 men's and women's teams set to be involved.

The Vikings will be taking part for the first time and have been preparing with fun practice sessions at Tynemouth Longsands beach over recent weeks.

Beach handball, also known as 'sandball', ' is played on a smaller court than standard indoor handball with four-aside teams rather than the normal seven-a-side. Fast-paced and highly entertaining, one of the highlights of the beach version of the game is goals scored with trick shots, such as shooting while spinning in the air, score double.

Goals scored by the 'rush' goalkeepers also score double.

Points are scored for the winners of each 10-minute half of the match, 'golden goals' deciding each half winner if scores are level and a penalty shootout held if each team wins a half to decide the overall winner. …

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