Friendlies Over, Serious Action About To Begin

Since the middle of September, most of the Senior Clubs have been involved in a series of pre-season friendly matches against their fellow Irish clubs, however this weekend sees the start of the serious business.

Clubs have been trying out new players, new moves and the new rules which were introduced on July 1st by the International Handball Federation and the moment(s) of truth have arrived.

Dublin International Handball Club will aim for another clean sweep of silverware in both the Men’s and Women’s competitions while the chasing pack will be out to spoil the party.

Astra Ladies and the UCD Men already have some silverware in the cupboard following their respective victories in the traditional Corn Chothrom na Feinne pre-season friendlies between both clubs.

 

League Structure

This year will see 6 teams, Dublin International, UCD, Astra HC, Dublin City Handball, Lughnasa HC and UCC, competing for the Men’s championship and 4 teams, Dublin International, UCD, Astra HC and Dublin City Handball competing for the Women’s crown.
The Men’s competition will be a standard home and away format with 10 games for each team culminating in a standard “Final 4” format tournament to decide the league champions.
The Women’s competition will see teams face off 3 times with each other resulting in 9 games for each team. The “Final 3” playoff format will see the top ranked team progress straight through to the league final and the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams facing off for an opportunity to play for the championship.

IOHA Cup

The IOHA Cup will this take place over 1 weekend in February. The final structure of the competition is currently uncertain and will depend on the amount of entrants. Further details will be shared in December of 2016.

The league action starts on Saturday evening when Lughnasa travel to Loughlinstown to take on Astra @ 18.30 while UCD will be the venue on Sunday for a double header between the students and Dublin City HC with both mens and ladies action. This will be followed by UCD’s seconds in action against a team from Sligo I.T.

You can check the league’s progress and results on our competitions page.

A new league committee is in place to oversee the organisation of the competitions and the IOHA wishes them and all the teams competing the best of luck in the new season.

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