IHF/EHF Challenge Trophy Wrap Up

The University Arena in Limerick played host to the IHF/EHF Challenge Trophy from Friday the 4th to Sunday the 6th of November. The tournament represents a departure point for Irish handball as the event was held in a world class arena for the first time by the IOHA.

The tournament was won by an excellent Faroe Islands team who now go on to face Moldova in the final in Serbia in January. Congratulations to them on their victory and their excellent handball which was a treat for the Irish fans. Commiserations must go to Georgia whose direct style was a real demonstration of power handball.

The Irish team were impressive in parts against the Faroes and put on an excellent display in front of the President of the EHF, Mr. Tor Lian, Vice President of the EHF, Mr. Jean Brihault, General Secretary of the EHF, Mr. Michael Wiederer, Minister for Sport, Michael Ring TD, Pat Hickey, President of the Olympic Council of Ireland and Mr. Troy Reneker of the Irish Sports Council.

The Irish team showed their progress with some good performances against both sides, demonstrating the results of the hard work put in by the squad in the preceding months. The loss of 3 key players – Alan O’Brien, Kevin Murphy and Brian Campion – did not help the Irish cause against England on Sunday, but they battled bravely before going down 29-24 in front of a vocal home support.

Final Results of the Irish team:

05.11.2011 16:00  Ireland VS Georgia 21 : 37
06.11.2011 16:00  England VS Ireland 29 : 24

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