The Pan American Team Handball Federation (PATHF) Junior Women’s Championships took place this past week in Buenos Aires. Argentina beat Brazil for the gold medal 30-26 while the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico, 36-26 for the bronze. All four teams, however, qualified for the Junior World Championships this summer in South Korea.
3) Dominican Republic
4) Puerto Rico
8 ) Greenland
Commentary: If Puerto Rico can qualify for the Junior World Championship it’s not a stretch to think that the U.S. could have had a decent shot at qualifying for this event too. Not to beat a broken record here, but USA Team Handball is really missing the boat with their all the eggs in the basket focus on the possibility of a North American Handball Federation (NAHF) being approved by the IHF later this month. Certainly, 4 potential members of the NAHF (Greenland, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico) chose to participate in PATHF qualification events. This would have been a great experience for Under 20 players in the U.S. as evidenced by the atmosphere shown in the youtube video of the final.
PATHF: Junior Women’s Final Results: http://www.panamhandball.org/index.php?option=com_joomleague&func=showPlan&mode=1&p=12&Itemid=29
VIDEO: Youtube of last minutes of Gold Medal match: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dNGwrtYvy8&feature=player_embedded
THN (26 Nov 09): Another PATHF Tournament in Costa Rica: Where are the Americans?: http://teamhandballnews.com/news.php?item.888