The 2011 Elite Women’s Pan American Team Handball Federation (PATHF) Championships are underway in Brazil with the expected favorites having little trouble in the first round of matches. Of particular note, though, was Cuba’s 40-21 thrashing of Chile with only 7 players. It’s not clear as to why the Cubans decided to have their team travel in two separate groups, but it’s clear they sent the right 7 players first. The “Iron Women 7” arrived in Brazil on Tuesday and apparently didn’t take long to find their rhythm as the game was never in doubt. Argentina, Brazil and the Dominican Republic also had relatively easy wins.
The top 3 teams (not counting Brazil- already qualified) will qualify for the World Championships to held later this December in Brazil.
Mundo Handball: Cuba will play the first match of Pan American Championships with only 7 players: http://www.mundohandball.com/articulos/cuba-jugara-el-primer-partido-del-panam-solo-con-7-jugadoras
PATHF Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/#!/panamhandball (includes a live and taped video feed- Not the highest quality, but our compliments to PATHF for their efforts to provide fans with this option.)