Sydney Uni go down fighting in Qatar

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Sydney University have been defeated 32-19 by host team Al-Sadd in their final match of the 2013 International Handball Federation (IHF) Super Globe handball tournament in Qatar.

Playing their fifth game in six days, the amateur Sydney Uni outfit battled extremely willfully but were clearly tired against their Qatari opposition.

Sydney Uni Coach Philipp Enders wasn’t pleased with his team’s first 10-15 minutes, after which time they improved.

“We clearly improved after this period leading into the break, as we started to played the way we wanted to,” said Enders.

“In the second half we were clearly tired. If we had of performed in a better way, the result would have been much closer.”

Sydney Uni player Eric Charpentier said, “I am very disappointed about the final result, as we had hoped for more. But we improved during the week in Doha and hopefully we will manage to return next year.”

It was Sydney Uni’s second consecutive appearance in the tournament which sees the best club teams from around the world compete to be crowned world club champions.

Sydney Uni were defeated twice by Al-Sadd, and once each by European Champions League winner HSV Hamburg, Brazilian champions Taubate and wild card team El Jaish of Qatar.

The team is already busy preparing for the final of the NSW Club Championship this Saturday and will be hoping to replicate the women’s side with a victory.