Irishman Coaching On The Far Side Of The World

How does an Irish handball player go from the Irish League to Coaching a National team in an IHF Competition?

It’s a long story but a good story!

The man at the centre of our story is Eoin Murray, former Irish National team player. Eoin spent a number of years playing with and coaching championship winning teams from Dublin City University.

Eoin’s next step on his handball journey took him to Germany where he played in the Oberliga for a couple of years. Next stop was the big trip south to Australia where he became a player coach at UTS (and played for New South Wales state team) and at the same time did a part time graduate diploma in sports coaching focusing on handball (where he did most assignments and projects on handball coaching).

Soon after finishing his College education he moved to Singapore where he started to work with NTU and played with their team then after a game against their national team and a chance meeting with their Coaching Staff and Association representatives he started coaching the Men’s National team. Now Eoin is one of 2 coaches (and a manager) looking after both  the senior Men’s and under-19 development squads.

Eoin says of handball in Singapore ” Handball here is relatively new – since early 2000’s in its present form but as with everything here is quite well played. Universities have competitive tournaments and in the Singapore handball league this year there are 12 teams (all with 14-16 players and doesn’t include many of the uni players). Unfortunately hall space is at a premium so competitions are usually short over a month or so – but that means lots of time for the national team. National squads are at the moment 32 players approx with training 3 times per week most of the year round. The level is improving – pretty good skills base but  a bit tactically naive. Also we have the disadvantage of size or lack of it :)!! Similar to my time on the Irish National Team 😉 ”

The tournament that the Singapore team will be  participating in is the IHF Challenge Trophy (South East Asian zone)
Teams – Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and The Philippines.
Location – Educity Sports complex, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Dates – 7-14th Dec 2014.

Eoin will be calling on his experience from participating in EHF Challenge Trophies and Tri Nations Competitions and the Irish Olympic Handball Association passes on its best wishes to Eoin and the Singapore National Squad.