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This weekend, on Thanksgiving Day, Canadians across the country celebrate the harvest and blessings of the past year. In Montreal, members of the handball club Celtique de Montreal celebrate in their own special way by hosting their annual Thanksgiving tournament, Tournoi de l’Action de Grâce 2015.
This year, Boston Team Handball will join the fun by sending a men's team to participate at the tournament, despite having held only two practices. Several teams from the US and Canada compete at what has become a great annual handball event. This year, there will be 10 men's teams and 7 women's teams from Quebec, Ontario, Massachusetts, New York. The games start on Saturday at 8:30am and conclude at the end of Sunday.
For more information on the tournament visit the Celtique de Montreal club website.
Beach handball is in full swing in Boston. Thanks to the cooperative weather, players of the Boston Team Handball club will be playing beach handball for the 8th consecutive weekend at Revere Beach, this weekend.
Beach Handball is a variation of indoor team handball that is played on sand. Unlike the indoor version, defense in beach handball is with minimal contact. On the offensive end, it can be quite spectacular. Players often attempt to earn 2 points per attack, by scoring goals 'in style' - e.g. from an alliup, or after a 360 degree rotation in the air. Needless to say, it is also a phenomenal workout with plenty of sprinting on sand.
Everyone is welcome to drop by and join in on the fun. The beach sessions usually start around 10am and last until 2pm, and the Boston Team Handball crowd is one of the most diverse and welcoming group of athletes you'll find around.
This Saturday, February 23, New York City Team Handball Club (NYC THC) will be hosting the second leg of the Men's Division 2 Northeast Team Handball League (NTHL). Six teams are competing in this Division: Boston Team Handball (BTH 2), DC Ambassadors (DCA), NYC THC 2, University of Conneticut, NYC THC 3, and Army Gold.
After the first meet, NYC THC2 and DCA led the standings with 4 points each, from two wins, while NYC THC 3 and Army Gold have 2 points each. BTH 2 and UConn are yet to earn their first points this season.
The second meet of the Women's Northeast Team Handball League brought us to Manhattan, this Saturday, where New York City Team Handball Club hosted Boston and Ocean NJ.
The competition kicked off with the host's second team (NYC2) taking on Boston. After a slow start, the ladies from Boston took the lead and did not look back for the rest of the game. The first half of the game ended with a 9-6 lead for Boston Team Handball (BTH) with Blaki, the team's goal keeper, saving two 7-meter shots during the half. Boston maintained their lead during the second half of the game rotating through their bench players and finishing the game with a 5-goal margin (17-12).
After a short break, Boston took on Ocean NJ (ONJ), the young team from the Garden State.
The first weekend of the US Northeast Team Handball League (NTHL) kicked off this past weekend and had all the elements of a good handball competition: close games, competitive attitudes and surprises in results. A total of 18 games were held over the course of two days in three divisions: Men's D1, Men's D2 and Women's DW. All the DW and D1 games were played on Saturday, with some of the D2 games spilling over to Sunday.
On the women's side, New York City Team Handball Club (NYC THC) grasped a valuable victory from Boston Team Handball (BTH) in the first match-up between the two rivals, this season. The game was close and Boston lead for most of it, but NYC came back to win the game at the end of the second half 14:13. Later Boston redeemed themselves in their match against West Point Black (WPB), one of the better teams in the league, in which they won also by 1 goal - another close game.
Division 2, on the men's side, was equally as competitive and some games were as close as the women's games. While the D2 teams tend to be a little lacking on experience, they certainly make up for that with their amazing enthusiasm, commitment and determination to win.
The 4th consecutive season of the US Northeast Team Handball League kicks off this weekend with a record number of club and team participation , thanks to the introduction of a women's division and the reintroduction of a Men's Division 2 into it. The first leg of the season is hosted at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY.
Last season, the league consisted of a single Men's division of four (4) teams, which served as the official qualifying stage for the National Championships. The teams were NYC THC, Boston TH, West Point Blk, and DC Diplomats. Those four teams will compete again this year in the Men's D1, but they will be joined byt 6 division 2 (D2) teams and 6 women's division teams (DW).
Below is a list of the clubs participating in the various divisions and the detailed schedule of the weekend.
Seven teams took part in this year's annual fall invitational handball tournament that West Point's women's handball team hosted. The teams were split into two groups for the first round with Group A consisting of Boston, Carolina, and Army Gold. Group B consisted of Army Black, Levis, Carolina 2 and Ocean NJ.
At the end of the round robin games, Carolina led Group A while Boston settled for second place. In Group B, West Point Black ranked first and Levis was second in the group. The four teams moved on to the semi-final round playing the cross-over games: Boston vs Army Black and Carolina vs Levis.
The Swim and Sports Club in Flanders, NJ, held their annual sportsfest outdoor handball tournament this weekend. Five men's teams and 3 women's teams took part in the event.
|Men's Teams||Women's Teams|
|New York Athletic Club||Carolina|
|Boston Team Handball||New York City THC|
On the women's side, all teams played each other in pool games at the end of which Carolina ranked first, the Boston/DC team combo ranked
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For the 7th consecutive weekend this summer, players of the Boston Team Handball club will enjoy the sunny warm summer weather of the Boston area while playing their favorite sport. We do that by taking Handball to Revere Beach! Join us if you are interested (or if you're curious)!
Beach Handball is a variation of the Olympic sport of Handball, analogous to Beach Volleyball's variation from the indoor Volleyball. The Fifth World Championships were held last week in Oman where Brazil claimed gold medals in both Men's and Women's disciplines with Ukraine and Croatia taking silver and bronze in the Men's and Denmark and Norway claiming those in the women's championship.
Starting in the first week of May, residents of Cambridge, MA, have had the opportunity to watch handball on TV; something that not many communities in the US can claim to be able to do. Thanks to audio/video equipment from the Cambridge local access television, Cambridge Community Television (CCTV), members of the Boston Team Handball club filmed the games of the second Northeast Team Handball League tournament. The tournament was hosted at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center on Cape Cod.
This weekend, West Point hosted their annual women's Laura Walker Memorial team handball torunament. Nine teams participated in the event and were split into 3 groups of 3 teams for the first round.
|Group A||Group B||Group C|
|Boston Team Handball (1)||Chicago Inter||Carolina|
|Ocean NJ||West Point Black (WPB)||Levis|
|New York City THC||Boston Team Handball (2)||West Point Gold (WPG)|
After the first round, the teams were seeded based on the total points earned and the total goals scored. Boston and Chicago ranked first and second, so they automatically qualified to the semi-finals round. Carolina played Levis and took the third spot, while West Point Black beat New York City for the last of the 4 semi-finalists' spots.
The third and final leg of the 2012 Northeast Team Handball League was hosted by the DC Diplomats in Rockville, MD, this past Saturday. Going into the tournament, New York City Team Handball Club (NYCTHC) had won all their games and led the standings with 12 points from 6 wins with a 4-point lead over Boston Team Handball (BTH), in second place. West Point Black (WPB) and DC Diplomats (DCD) were in 3rd and 4th places, with 4 points and 0 points, respectively.
At the end of the second leg of the Northeast League, New York City Team Handball Club (NYCTHC) leads the standings with 12 points from 6 wins followed by Boston Team Handball with 8 points from 4 wins. West Point Black and DC rank 3rd and 4th, respectively. With one tournament remaining in the league, Boston Team Handball secured a spot at the Elite National Championships held in Minnesota this May. New York City are automatically qualified as the 2011 US Champions.
This weekend's tournament was hosted by Boston Team Handball (BTH) at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Hyannis, MA. The four participating teams played each other in 6 consecutive games that ran from 11:30AM to 7:30PM, on Saturday. The event was broadcasted live on UStream.tv and will be broadcast on Cambridge Community Television in the coming weeks.
The first game of the day pitted Boston against the US military academy's team from West Point. The hosts took command of the game from its onset and finished the game with a comfortable 6-point lead 26-20. West Point later gave the US Champions a run for their money in the third game of the day; however, New York's players' experience had the final say in the match, which they won 31-26 after being down 10-13 at half time.
The highlight of the tournament was yet to come, in the 5th game of the day, which pitted the long-term rival cities of Boston and New York. The game was a spectacular show of handball at its highest level in the US. The game kicked off with both teams taking turns in scoring until NYC took a slight lead that got to 3 goals at the end of the first half (13-10). In the second half, the hosts looked determined to snatch a precious victory from the champions. New York's lead was slowly brought down to a single goal, with 3 minutes left in the second half; however, the US champions managed to hold on to the lead and regain their edge, finishing the game with the 3-goal margin they had at half-time 24-21.
The long handball day concluded with a game between West Point and the DC Diplomats. DC, exhausted by their long travel, were no match to the fitness of the cadets from the Military Academy. West Point went on to defeat DC 29-15.
|New York City THC||6||0||0||12|
|West Point (B)||2||4||0||4|
|Boston TH||26||-||20||West Point|
|New York City THC||36||-||20||DC Diplomats|
|West Point||26||-||31||New York City THC|
|DC Diplomats||19||-||25||Boston TH|
|Boston TH||21||-||24||New York City THC|
|West Point||29||-||15||DC Diplomats|
The second leg of the Men's Division1 Northeast Team Handball League (NTHL) will take place on February 11, 2012, in Hyannis, MA. The games will be hosted at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center. The tournament will consist of 6 games in which each of the 4 teams in the league plays against all their opponents.
The event will be webcasted live on Ustream.tv and will be broadcast on Cambridge Community Access Television (CCTV) during the month of February. Games kick off at 11:30AM and conclude by 7:30PM according to the schedule below.
|11:30AM||Boston TH||vs||West Point Black|
|12:50PM||New York City THC||vs||DC Diplomats|
|02:10PM||West Point Black||vs||New York City THC|
|03:30PM||DC Diplomats||vs||Boston TH|
|04:50PM||Boston TH||vs||New York City THC|
|06:10PM||DC Diplomats||vs||West Point Black|
|New York City THC||3||0||0||6|
|West Point (B)||1||2||0||2|
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The European Handball Championship is the stage for top-notch handball. Watch the best players in the world compete for one of the most prestigeous handball titles.
One best wishes of good luck go out to our Icelandic alumni, Sverre Jakobsson, who was, once again, a defensive pick for the Icelandic team participating at EHF Euro 2012. Sverre played in Boston while he was an exchange student at Suffolk University in 2007.
This past weekend, the US Military Academy in West Point, NY, hosted a handball festival that brought men's and women's teams from the Northeast region. Men's division 2 and women's scrimmage games were scheduled around the games of the first leg of the Division 1 league, which was the highlight of the tournament.
New york city and West Point were represented in all 3 categories, while Boston and DC fielded a men's team in Division 1 and a women's team for the scrimmages. New York Athletic Club brought in a youth team that participated in the men's division 2 games.
The results from the weekend are listed below:
The Northeast Team Handball League rankings for division 1 at the end of the weekend were as follows:
|New York City Team Handball||3||0||0||6|
|Boston Team Handball||2||1||0||4|
|West Point (B)||1||2||0||2|
(picture: Boston team handball men's and women's teams courtesy of Robin Chan)
This weekend, handball teams from the northeast come together at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY, to kick off the Men's Division-1 Northeast Handball League. The weekend schedule will be packed with handball games for the Division 1 men's teams, Division 2 men's teams and the women's teams. The following teams will be represented in each of the 3 disciplines:
Men's Division 1
Boston Team Handball Club
Boston Team Handball Club
Men's Division 2
New York Athletic Club
Results of the games, when available, will be tweeted @BostonHandball
After a busy and successful regular season 2010-2011 comes the time for fun, relaxation and outdoor activities. Throw in a handball into that mix and you get Beach Handball!
On every dry Sunday of the summer, the Boston Team Handball Club will be at Revere Beach enjoying a fun day of low-key beach handball. If you're in the area, make sure you stop by and say hi. Bring your beach outfits, as we are sure you won't be able to resist the temptation of joining in on a couple of games!
Salt Lake City hosted the 2011 US Handball Championships on the weekend of May 13-15. The competition was split into 3 divisions: Men's Elite (10 teams), Men's Open (9 teams) and a Women's Open (9 teams). Boston had claim the second spot allotted to the Northeast league after beating Army Black in a decisive match in the last leg of the league, in April.
The first round of the Elite Championship consisted of two pools with 5 teams in each:
Last Saturday, the Boston ladies had an arduous and fun-filled day participating in NYCTH’s 1st Annual Jing and Jang Women’s Tournament. Six teams were in attendance including two NYC teams, DC, West Point, a newly constructed Connecticut team, and our very own Boston ladies.
The tournament started with round-robin play in two pools of 3 teams each. It was quite clear that Boston was in the more competitive pool with NYC Jang (the tournament’s winners) and a DC team composed of some experienced European players, supplemented with some fresh legs from West Point.
Our very own Erin Kizer was selected as a member of the Women’s National Select Team to travel to Cuba and play for the Pan Am Championships Qualifier during the first week of November. Congrats Erin!
One week before the West Point Invitational, the Boston’s ladies went traveled to West Point to prepare for the upcoming tournament. For Vibe Drostgaard, Monica Plassen, Marianne Andersen, Blandine Antoine, Sanja Popovic, Alex McCaffrey and Karin Geisendoerfer it was their first game in Boston jerseys. For Alex, it was even her first handball game ever, and it turned out to be a very successful start.
The Women’s team traveled to captain Sarah Whitley’s Alma Mater for their first tournament of the 2010/11 season. The tournament featured 13 teams from all across the United States as well as the defending Tar Heel Champion, Alberta from Canada.
We faced off Chicago Inter in our first pool game. Boston was forced to reorganize their offense after playmaker Sarah Whitley was taken out of the competition early with a head injury after an unlucky foul. Boston took some time to digest the loss of their captain, while Chicago responded with fast breaks and easy goals, resulting in a 12:5 half time lead. After the break, Boston didn’t give up and put up a strong fight. Eva-Jasmin Freyschmidt and Anne Coulter continued to find openings from the wing and pivot position. It was too late, however, to make up for the 7-goal difference from the first half. In the end, Chicago’s international experience and height advantage resulted in a 24:15 victory for their team. In our second game, we met the newly established Ocean New Jersey Futures Team. Boston dominated the entire game, netting 28 goals. Erin Kizer was on a run, contributing 9 goals, and Anne Coulter continued to impress, adding 6. The difference in age and strength allowed us to take some speed out of the game and test some of our studied combinations.
Each year Boston’s players can’t wait for the summer season to start because summer means one thing: beach time! Every weekend, the players of Boston meet in Revere Beach, MA to enjoy several hours of beach handball fun, while attracting a large crowd of fans and spectators. Boston had great summer weather which meant that team could use the break between games for a dip in the ocean. A favorite event of the club in the summer is the Annual Swim and Sportsfest in Flanders, NJ; it’s a grass tournament that attracts team from all over the East coast.
Las Vegas hosted the New England Freeze men's and women's teams for the 2010 USA Team Handball Championships. This year, the nationals were special in many ways. It was the last tournament for the club under the name 'New England Freeze' (the team is now registered as Boston Team Handball), for the first time in many years, there was a deterministic qualification process for the Men's Elite-8 pool to which NEF made it, after four Northeast League Tournaments in the regular season, and, to cap the long season of hard work, the men's team took 2nd place and the women's 4th place at the nationals! The Freeze reached the semi-final after finishing second of a group gathering Atlanta, Houston and San Francisco. The semi-final, against the 2009 champion of the USA, New York City, was won after a thrilling extra-time and a goal at the very last second scored by Marco Betsch. Los Angeles won the title despite a tough fight the Bostonian team put up. This is the best result in the clubs history. It demonstrated the ability of Boston to compete with the best teams of the US, and is a true reward for all the efforts that were given by the players and the club's members throughout the season. Thank you to all the fans around the world for their support during this unforgettable adventure 2009-10.
Army hosted their annual Women's Invitational tournament on the weekend of November 13th-14th, 2010. Eight teams participated in the tournament, including an all-Bostonian team representing the Boston Team Handball club, formerly known as the New England Freeze. The teams were split into two groups with Boston, Carolina, West Point Gold (WPG) and Ocean NJ in Group A and NYC, Tar Heels, West Point Black (WPB) and the DC Diplomats in Group B. Boston started the day with a game against WPG. With only six field players and two goal keepers, Boston managed to defeat Army by a large margin. Shortly after their first game, Boston went up against Carolina for their second game of the day. For that game, Boston was joined by Annie, their 6-foot Hungarian left back. With an additional player on their game roster, Boston reaped an easy win 16:9. Even after those two exhaustive games, the day was far from over for Boston. With the two wins against Carolina and Army and one game left against a very young team from NJ, Boston's was practically guaranteed to top their group. In Group B, NYC beat the Diplomats to the first place seed while DC settled for second, leaving Boston and DC to face off in one semi-final while NYC was pitted against Carolina - all teams battled in their fourth game of the day! Boston went on to destroy the exhausted DC Diplomats (22:6).