New York City Team Handball Club boys make history and qualify to the Super Globe
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — With a trophy in their grasp, the players of New York City Team Handball Club flooded onto the court in celebration of the history they just made.
A 34-30 victory over Team Québec on the third and final day of the IHF Super Globe Qualifier gave NYCTHC the win they needed to punch their ticket to Saudi Arabia for the 2019 Super Globe, earning the qualifying bid for the North America and Caribbean region.
They’ll become the first North American club to ever participate in the event.
NYCTHC took a 15-13 lead into halftime on Sunday and withstood an early second-half push from Team Québec before pulling away.
Benjamin Briffe, who garnered tournament most valuable player honors, led the way for the champions, towering over most of the defenders the opposition had to offer.
He scored 20 goals over the course of two games, tying him for the tournament’s scoring lead with Anderson Seidel of the Los Angeles Team Handball Club.
Eight of Briffe’s goals came crucially in the third game against Team Québec, which decided the tournament’s champion after both teams defeated LATHC in the two days prior.
Benjamin Soccal, a crucial contributor for NYCTHC, took a red card in the early going of the deciding match, but NYCTHC held firm in his absence, grinding out the win.
Team Québec earned second place by defeating LATHC on the second day of the event.
The Québecers never dealt with much doubt on that day, countering LATHC’s physical style with speed and finesse.
Taking a sizable 17-13 lead into halftime, Team Québec extended it further in the final 30 minutes for a final of 30-25.
Team Québec benefited from a balanced scoring attack throughout the event, led by Ehran Kip, who found the back of the net 14 times. They also put on the best goalkeeping display of the event, thanks to the efforts of Justin Danulet, who was named the tournament’s most valuable goalie.
LATHC never got in the win column, wrapping up their tournament action in the first two days.
They came close on the first day of action, pushing NYCTHC with a second-half rally before ultimately falling 34-32.
Despite coming away without a victory, the squad from the west coast benefited from a pair of remarkable individual performances.
Seidel’s 20 goals were the most on the team, and Gil Pires — a former teammate of Seidel’s on the Brazilian national team — added 16 goals of his own.
The World’s Handball Club (NYCTHC) will begin Super Globe play on August 28 against some of the best clubs the world has to offer.