The Taysols Handball Club secured the championship title after a narrow 35-33 win over the University of Sydney at this year's NSW Grand Final
The University of Sydney and Taysols HC had dominated the preliminary rounds of the NSW handball league; both teams gave away only one match - not surprisingly against one another. In the season opener, Taysols HC was the slightly better team, taking home a narrow 27-26 win; in the second round however, Sydney University dominated throughout the clash and convincingly won 27-8.
"In the days leading up to the final, the second round defeat was still in the back of our minds" coach Christoph Mecker said. "In a sense this made us very determined and focussed on the task at hand." Taysols HC controlled the match well from the very first minute. Sydney University, strengthened by the inclusion of national player Milan Slavujevic, stayed in the match at all times though. At half time, Taysols was leading by just one goal.
In the second half Taysols HC seemed to be getting the upper hand. 15 minutes into the second half Taysols HC was leading by 4 goals however, Sydney University wasn't done yet and valiantly fought back. With only two minutes left on the clock, the margin was once again down to just one goal; but Taysols HC wasn't prepared to let it go and won the Grand Final 35-33.
"We hardly saw any technical mistakes and strong individual performances bolstered by an amazing display of team confidence sustained us throughout the match." president of the club and principal sponsor Mark Taylor of Taysols said. "This was just our third season and we made it all the way to the top. Taysols is very proud to support this great group of people".
At the award ceremony, Jason Hoppner, President of the NSW Handball Association, called it the best handball final NSW had seen in years and thanked the club and its sponsor Taysols for their ongoing support of the sport. Taysols HC captain, Jerome Schultz, thanked the club's supporters for their encouragement throughout the season.