New Name On The Trophy

There will be a new name on the IOHA Senior Men’s League Trophy for 2013 after Astra Handball Club claimed victory in the most dramatic of fashions.

Astra were taking on Dublin International HC who had made the final by eliminating Lughnasa Handball Club in a pulsating semi final the day before. DI ran out victorious on a 21-19 scoreline.


The Final started as a cagey affair and was pretty much nip and tuck for the 1st 10 minutes, Astra coach Andrea Ongaro took his teams 1st timeout after 15 minutes when DI were leading 7-6.

After 22 minutes of the 1st half the score was tied 9-9. Astra took their 2nd timeout after 24 minutes and whatever was said worked as they went to the dressing rooms at half time leading 13-11.

DI fell back on all their experience and after 5 minutes of the 2nd half the score was tied 15-15. DI continued to power on and with 20 minutes to go they led 21-17.

However Astra summoned up their inner strength and went on a 6-0 scoring spree to lead 23-21 with 13 minutes to go and then took their 3rd time out to shore up the defence.

However the break might have disrupted their rhytmn as DI roared back and it was 26-26 with 3 minutes and 20 seconds to go. The game continued in this manner and it was 27 -27 with 13 seconds remaining when DI Head Coach Boris Selak called a timeout in an effort to engineer a winning goal. It didn’t work and the game headed for extra time , 2 periods of 5 minutes.

The scoring continued at will and at half time in extra time Astra led 31-29.

Try as they might DI could not reel in Astra and the defending champions surrendered their title on a scoreline of 35-31.

And so it was that Astra claimed their 1st Senior Men’s title while DIHC’s dream of 5 in a row went up in smoke.

Everyone that was present agreed that both teams deserve great praise for the standard of handball throughout the 70 minutes and for providing a game of such excitement that hasn’t been seen in a long time.

Congratulations to Astra, Commiserations to Dublin International HC