Podcast (Episode 25):  Women’s World Championships: Pan American Update

Brasil comes up short vs Denmark. Can they beat Montenegro in their last pool play match and sneak into the Round of 16?

Argentinian sports journalist, Laura Agena, is in Germany following Group B and we discuss the World Championships with a focus on Pan American sides, Argentina and Brazil.  But, we can’t help but talk about the Norwegian dominance and a surprising Japanese side.   This discussion took place on Wednesday night so we are a little more than half way through Pool Play

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Podcast (Episode 24): College Potpourri

Luke Albu is investigating Pittsburgh as a location for another Residency Program.

Luke Albu is this episode’s guest and we discuss a wide range of topics including the length of the handball season, a summer pro league, weekend tourneys, a Collegiate Final Four packaged for TV and his investigation of Pittsburgh as a possible location for a new Residency Program.

Towards the end of the podcast we discussed some of the different plans and proposals that have been shared on the collaborative Google Drive:  Link

Michael Gordon’s USATH Growth through Colleges: Link

Ryan Peterson’s Handball Proposal: Link

Original Commentary Highlighting the need for planning: Link

 

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Podcast:  Buckeye Classic Tourney Review and College Game Discussion with Ohio St’s Max Littman

Ohio State Team Handball

This past weekend Ohio St defeated the Columbus Armada 20-19 to win the 4th Annual Fall Buckeye Classic Tournament.  Max Littman, an Ohio St Right Winger provides a review of the tournament and then we discuss the state of the collegiate game in the U.S.

Here are some links to more information on the topics we discussed.

Ohio State’s Twitter with a few videos from the tourney: Link

Commentaries on Collegiate Handball in the U.S.

Podcast Discussion on what collegiate team handball can learn from collegiate rugby’s success: Link

 

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Podcast: Gary Hines, Ninja Warrior and Team USA Handballer

Gary Hines in action for his club team in Germany, HSC Bad Neustadt. I wonder why they call him Hang Time?

Gary Hines has been a mainstay of the U.S. Men’s National Team for 14 years.  More recently he’s been a fan favorite on German TV’s, Ninja Warrior Germany.

In a wide ranging interview we discuss his recent Ninja escapade as well as his journey from foster care, to discovering handball with the Atlanta Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs and Condors, to the U.S. National Team to playing professional handball in Spain and Germany.  It’s quite a story and at age 33 he’s not done yet by any means.

Here are some links to more information on the topics we discussed.

  • Gary’s final course run on this season’s Ninja Warrior Germany: Link
  • Story from 2010 on the first Ninja Handball player, Japan’s Daisuke Miyazke: Link
    (Note: the speculation concerning a future American Handball Ninja)
  • Commentary from 2010 suggesting that USA Team Handball should facilitate Gary Hines signing with a higher division club: Link
  • HSC Bad Neustadt Club website: Link
  • German Handball Federation article on Gary’s Ninja Warrior Exploits: Link
  • Gary’s profile at USA Team Handball: Link

Gary in action on Ninja Warrior Germany

Gary Hines on Social Media
Facebook: Link
Youtube: Link
Instagram: Link

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Podcast: Team USA and Aulnay’s Julia Taylor (Part 2): Reflections on Different Training Environments

Julia Taylor’s handball development journey has seen stops in a collegiate program, an overseas residency, a U.S. based residency and now an overseas club. Arguably, no U.S. player has ever experienced it all quite like the way she has.

Julia Taylor’s handball development journey has seen stops in a collegiate program, an overseas residency, a U.S. based residency and now an overseas club.  Arguably, no U.S. player has ever experience it all like the way she has.

In part 2 of my interview with Julia Taylor we discuss the different training environments that we experienced as handball players.  Both Julia and I played in college, participated in a U.S. National Residency Program and played overseas.  Julia’s overseas club experience is at a much higher level and she also spent a semester at the Aarhus Academy in Denmark.

The different topics we tackle include

  • The lack of collegiate competition, particularly on the women’s side
  • Whether a residency program should focus on national team prep or preparing individual athletes for overseas opportunities
  • Division 1 athlete crossover recruitment and training
  • Challenges and rewards of playing with a European Club

Here are some links regarding some of the topics discussed:

Collegiate Handball Commentaries:
– Overview of College Handball Challenges: Link
Success at UNC and possible implementation steps to further develop the college game:Link

Foreign Based Residency Program
– Aarhus Academy Website: Link
– Aarhus Academy Podcast Interview: Link
– Commentary on European Based Residency Program: Link

U.S. Based Residency Program Commentaries
– Commentary on shifting to development: Link
– Recruiting Challenges: Link

This podcast episode was sponsored by Hummel.  Check out their Handball Portal for sales in the U.S. and Canada.

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Podcast: Team USA and Aulnay’s Julia Taylor (Part 1)

Team USA and Aulnay’s Julia Taylor

Julia Taylor, has been playing handball in 2010 for the University of North Carolina.  She is now a Left Wing on the USA Women’s National Team and for the Aulnay Handball Club in France.  In Part 1 of my interview with Julia we discuss how she started playing handball and the career path that led to her playing in France.  We also discuss the different tournaments that the U.S. Women have played this year including this past Summer’s Pan American Championships and the recent friendly tournament played in South Korea.

Links
UNC Handball: Link
Aarhus Academy: Link
Aulnay Handball: Link 

This podcast episode was sponsored by Hummel.  Chectk out their Handball Portal for sales in the U.S. and Canada.

 

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Podcast: Americans Qualify for Olympic Handball for the First Time in Over 20 Years!***

American Samoa’s U17 Beach Handball Team: Headed to the Youth Olympic Games next summer in Argentina.

While this title sounds like epic news there are a few asterisks that have to be explained.  Still really great news, just not epic.

Asterisk #1:  The handball in question is “Beach Handball”
Asterisk #2:  The Olympics in question is the Youth Olympic Games
Asterisk #3:  The Americans in question are American Nationals from the U.S. Territory of American Samoa

Yes, the American Samoa Women’s U17 Beach Handball team has qualified for the Youth Olympic Games to be staged next summer in Argentina.  With only 55,000 inhabitants and, believe it or not, not enough sand on the islands to play beach handball properly, American Samoa was able to put together a team in a few short months to first win the Oceania championships and participate in the U17 Beach Handball Word Championships.  While they were beaten soundly by some of the game’s traditional powers they still qualified for the Youth Olympic Games by defeating Australia twice and thus securing the Oceania slot to the Youth Olympic Games.

To find out more about handball and beach handball in American Samoa I spoke with the U17 Women’s coach, Carl Sagapolutele Floor.  Carl fills me on the challenges of starting a handball program on a remote Pacific island, learning how to play beach handball without sand, and the road from no program to the Youth Olympic Games.

References:
Curt Flood (not to be confused with Carl Floor): Link
60 Minutes video on American Football in American Samoa: Link
American Samoa Handball Association Facebook Page:  Link

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Podcast: USA Men’s Jr Team Coach discusses the PHF JR Championships

USA Men's Jr Team Coach Mark Ortega

USA Men’s Jr Team Coach Mark Ortega

Mark Ortega discusses the Men’s Jr Team’s performance so far at the Panamerican Jr Championships in Paraguay.  USA has completed group play with a loss to Brazil and a victory over Chile.  They will likely face Uruguay in a quarterfinal match on Thursday at 2130 Local/2030 EDST.

Live Video Feed: Link

Note:  At 141 feet above sea level there’s no altitude issue with Asuncion, Paraguay.  I “obviously” was thinking of its fellow landlocked neighbor, Bolivia where the capital La Paz tops out at 11,913 ft.  God forbid there’s ever a championship there.

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Podcast: Danish League, Handball Transfers and More

Ribe Esbjerg HH's Rasmus Boysen

Ribe Esbjerg HH’s Rasmus Boysen

Rasmus Boysen is a 24 year old backcourt/defensive specialist for Ribe Esbjerg HH in Denmark top professional league.  He joins John Ryan for a discussion on a variety of topics to include:

  • The overall quality of the Danish League
  • Pros and cons of playoffs in club leagues
  • How Danes view the HBL’s Flensburg
  • The mechanics of handball transfers
  • Greenland Handball (Greenland’s Akutaaneq (Aku) Kreutzmannn is a teammate of Rasmus at REHH)
  • Meskov Brest’s Dainis Krištopāns

Ribe Esbjerg HH Club website: Link

Rasmus Boysen Player Profile: Link

Rasmus Boysen Twitter: Link

Handball Transfers website: Link

What’s a Typical Salary for a Professional Team Handball Player? (From 2007) : Link

Current and up to date detailed salary information on every major handball player: Link

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Podcast: Flensburg-Kiel (2nd half)

Flensburg hosts derby rival Kiel in battle for first place in the German Bundesliga

Flensburg hosts derby rival Kiel in battle for first place in the German Bundesliga

2nd half topic:  I discuss my current frustration with the lack of handball TV viewing opportunities in the U.S and why the new handball related reality show could lead to a major network in the U.S. broadcasting handball

Synch the video with the audio: I give a running countdown starting at 52:18 on the ehfTV clock in the lower left hand corner.

Video: Link

Podcast: Flensburg – Kiel (1st Half)

Flensburg hosts derby rival Kiel in battle for first place in the German Bundesliga

Flensburg hosts derby rival Kiel in a battle for first place in the German Bundesliga

The super bowl is over and it’s time to get your sport fix with a little handball.  What better way to do that than by watching German Bundesliga leader, Flensburg, host arch rival and 2nd place Kiel in a battle for first place.  The match is available “on demand” at ehfTV and I’ve done some “casual commentary” that you can listen to while you watch the match.  Casual in that sometimes I call the action and at other times I have a running conversation with myself on different topics.

In the first half I explain why I think the Bundesliga is the best handball league in the world and how I became a fan of Flensburg.

Synch the video with the audio:  I give a running countdown starting at 00:35 on the ehfTV clock in the lower left hand corner.

Video: Link

 

Podcast:  World Championships Reflections with ehfTV’s Tom O’Brannigan

ehfTV's Tom O'Brannigan

ehfTV’s Tom O’Brannigan

ehfTV’s Tom O’Brannigan joins the podcast to share some of his thoughts on the IHF Men’s World Championships Final Four.  We discuss France’s 31-25 defeat of Slovenia and tonight’s Norway – Croatia semifinal matchup.

Along the way we discuss a few tangents to include handball twitter, the all-Irish surname handball team (Norway’s O’Sullivan is a member), handball TV coverage around the world and American Football.  American Football?

Tom O’Brannigan Twitter: Link
Team Handball News Twitter: Link

ehfTV: Link

Tom will be back behind the mic when IFK Kristianstad hosts Rhein-Neckar Lowen in the EHF Champions League Match of the Week (MOTW) on Sunday, February 19th : Link

 

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Podcast:  Netherlands Women’s Handball: How their 10 Year Development Plan Has Vaulted them in to the World’s Elite

How has the Netherlands moved to the top of the pyramid in Women's Handball? By building a pyramid in the Netherlands first.

How has the Netherlands moved to the top of the pyramid in Women’s Handball? By building a pyramid in the Netherlands first.

It wasn’t too long ago that Netherlands Women’s Handball could diplomatically be described as mediocre.  Now thanks to their 5-1 record in preliminary and main round play they are in the semifinals of the European Championships.  Their 3rd consecutive semifinals in a major competition (2015 WC, 2016 Olympics)

How has this remarkable turnaround been accomplished?

To find out I spoke with Netherlands Handball Technical Director, Sjors Rottger and National Team player Lois Abbingh.  Rottger describes the 10 year plan that has been implemented to identify athletes at younger ages and then provide them with the training they need to eventually sign professional contracts by age 19 to 21.  Abbingh reflects on her time at the Handball Academy in Arnhem and how it prepared her for international play and a pro career.

The Netherlands takes on Denmark tomorrow (Friday, 16 December) at 1815 (CET), 1215 (U.S. East Coast) and the match can be seen live on ehftv.com.  The Gold and Bronze medal matches will be on Sunday, also on ehftv.

Netherlands Handball Vision: Link

Lois Abbingh Official Website: Link

 

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