Tryst '77 players head for Malta

FIVE members of Cumbernauld's Tryst '77 handball team flew out to Malta yesterday (Tuesday) to take part in the European Handball Federation's Challenge Trophy.

The five are part of the 14-man Great Britain team, which includes a total of 11 Scots.

The Great Britain side will face Ireland, Malta, Moldova, Azerbaijan, and Liechtenstein at the 6 day tournament and they can't wait for the competition to start.

Tryst and Great Britain goalkeeper Stuart McLaughlan tells Newsport: 'The lads are really up for it. We've been training hard since the turn of the year and with a little bit of luck might be able to edge into the medal play-offs. It will also be something of an eye opener for the younger lads in the squad who are experiencing handball at this level for the first time.'

The team will play in front of 3000 sell out crowds each night with all games shown live on Maltese television.

Tryst Handball Club would like to wish all their players and the entire squad the best of luck at the tournament.

Full squad: Stewart Clarke (Liverpool), Stuart McLaughlan (Tryst), Johnnie McAleer (Stirling), Freddy Wallace (Tryst), Stuart Cullen (Falkirk), Phil Nicholson (Tryst), Brian Bartlett (Tryst),

Mark Dowling (Liverpool), James Yule (Falkirk), Alan Govan (Tryst), Chris McManus (Liverpool), Mark Evans (Wirral), Bruce Hunter (Falkirk), David McCreadie (Stirling). Coach: Marco Cardinale. Physio: Sarah McGrail. Manager: Stevie Neilson.