Seychelles Handball Federation Cup finals-MF Storm achieve fifth consecutive double PLS Hurricanes dethrone Durantha Brothers


06-December-2011

With the win, Mont Fleuri Storm have completed a fifth consecutive league and cup double, while PLS Hurricanes have dethroned Durantha Brothers as men’s winners.

MONT FLEURI STORM … fifth consecutive league and cup double

All the action was at the Palais des Sports at the weekend, with the preliminary matches on Saturday and the two finals on Sunday.

After winning the first half 13-8, Mont Fleuri Storm, coached by Danny Philoé, opened the lead to six points three times at 17-11, 20-14 and 23-17, but Anse Royale Queens rallied back to close the gap to three at 24-21 at the final whistle.

Coach Emmanuel Larue, who like his counterpart Philoé questioned the referees’ decisions throughout the whole match, was clearly unhappy with his players as he felt they could have won the match but waited too late to make a comeback.

Speaking to Sports Nation, Claire Marguerite said teamwork pulled them through.
“Teamwork is important. We gathered ourselves for the match even though some of the players missed training or did not come for the final. We are happy with the win, giving us a fifth consecutive double,” she said.

Formerly Rybar, Mont Fleuri Storm have won the league and cup double five years in a row – in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The previous best run of double wins was three years in a row by the defunct Anse Boileau in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

In the men’s final, Durantha Brothers could not defend the title they had reclaimed last year, losing 37-39 to PLS Hurricanes in a closely contested affair.

PLS HURRICANES … new SHF Cup winners

With the two teams tied at 17-17 at the breather, Durantha Brothers took the initiative in the second half by opening a six-point lead at 23-17 but PLS Hurricanes equalised and even took the lead at 26-25 through Hans Radegonde with 20 minutes remaining to play.

The score was tied twice at 28-28 and 30-30 before Leeroy Samedi put PLS Hurricanes in front for good by scoring a penalty.

The closest Durantha Brothers came was at 37-36, but they got just one more goal through Larue while PLS Hurricanes added two to celebrate winning the match 39-37.

Radegonde feels his team played well and is happy with his performance after a five-year absence.
“I had been away from handball for five years and was able to beat the transfer deadline to play for PLS Hurricanes. I’m happy with how the team played today to win such a close and tough match.

Durantha Brothers’ Michel Dugasse finished with a game-leading 12 goals which went to waste.

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