From Glasnevin to Kumamoto via Otago. 1 Irishman’s handball journey.

While the Irish Men’s team will continue their preparation over the next few weeks for the EHF EURO 2022 qualifiers in Luxembourg in January, one Irishman finds himself slap bang in the middle of a Continental Championships thousands of miles away.

Eoin Murray will be the assistant Coach at the 17th Asian Women’s Championships for the New Zealand Ladies Team which will take place in Kumamoto, Japan from November 30th to  December 9th.

So how did this adventure come about?

Eoin Murray was a player and one of the driving forces behind the Dublin City University Handball Club that dominated the IOHA Senior League in the Noughties. He was also a member of the Senior National team and competed in several IHF/EHF Challenge Trophies.

After completing his studies in Glasnevin, Eoin spent a year in Australia where he played for the famous Sydney University team before moving back to Europe and to Germany where he spent 2 seasons with HSG Volklingen winning a state league. Along the way he picked up a Sports Coaching Graduate Diploma and when knee injuries finally caught up with the winger he moved to Singapore.

In Singapore his coaching career really took off and he coached the  men’s, women’s and youth national teams to relative success over almost 2 years.

Eoin’s travels weren’t finished there and he  moved to the south island of NZ, where he founded and developed Otago Handball and is the head coach for their senior and junior state teams. Last year he joined the executive of NZHF and is currently developing a coaching education framework to develop NZ coaches. About 2 years ago he joined the coaching team of the NZ women’s national team and has brought them to the Asian Handball Championship (their first tournament outside of Oceania) after qualifying as one of the two Oceania qualifiers.

“We have a big task in our opening game, taking on the hosts Japan. It’s a big step up for the girls – most of them will be making their international debut and against one of the world’s best teams who are preparing for a home Olympic Games in 2020.”

Earlier this year he also completed a 6 day International Handball Federation Coaching course in Tokyo.

The IOHA wishes Eoin and the Kiwi ladies all the best in Japan.

Follow their progress here  on the official website.