Warrington Wolves can look back on their best year for handball development. Whilst something of a rebuilding year in the men’s squad, having lost several experienced players at the end of last season this would also mean an opportunity for talented local youngsters to take up places in the senior squad.
Whilst the men still can finish with some silverware, that was denied to Under 18 men’s team as they fell at the penultimate stage of the ‘Junior’ EHA Cup, going down 31-26 to Carshalton at the weekend.
The previous weekend, the men had secured their place in the finals at The Copper Box with a thumping 48 – 24 victory over the only other exclusively home grown team in England, NEM Hawks. Being something of a local derby, a good crowd were treated to a free flowing attacking display from the young Wolves team.
Whilst the Wolves had remained in contention for the league until recently, whatever might happen in the Cup final, the promise of the youngsters augers well for the future of Warrington’s ambition.
Every game the men’s team look stronger and with the U18 being effectively an U17 team, they will have an extra year at that level, whilst building themselves into players ready to battle for a first team place.
The U18 Girls after last season’s heart ache of narrowly missing out on reaching the final after extra time and penalties, secured a place in this season’s final in only their second season in the league.
Wolves will face reigning champions North East Manchester Hawks which will no doubt be a thrilling encounter as the two teams have drawn twice and Wolves have claimed victory once in their last 3 encounters. Regardless of the final’s outcome next season looks to be another exciting prospect for the team.
The finals will be played in the Olympic venue the Copper Box on 14th May which will make it an exciting experience for our teams 4 years on from the Olympic Games.
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