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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Everyone here at USA Team Handball would like to wish you, your friends, and family, a very happy holiday season.  We understand the USA Handball family is made up of members from over 30 countries which is why we want everyone to travel safe no matter where your holiday trips may bring you!

Normally this edition would be a review of the past season and looking forward to next year.  We are going to switch it up a little and take a look at the 2015 IHF Women's World Cup which finished this past weekend in Denmark. 

The 2015 IHF Women's World Cup

Norway celebrates their third World Championship!
December 2013 marked the last time the top 24 best women's national teams met.  That time it was in Serbia, and Brazil came away with the World Championship win which was the first time a team from the western hemisphere took the gold.  Coming in a close second was tournament host Serbia being defeated by a very small (2) goal margin.

This year's edition of the World Championship, now in Denmark, saw a very different ending.  The 2013 Champions, Brazil, were knocked out in the Round of Eight by Romania which ended up taking third.  The Dutch National Team came through as an under dog taking the second spot but was no match for Norwegians who took the trophy with a decisive 31-23 win.
Tournament Marketing in Denmark
The teams that represented our hemisphere included; Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.  Brazil managed to make it out of group play finishing in the top 8.  Teams that were unable to make it out of group play 17-24, play in the Presidents Cup.  Argentina took second in this bracket (18th overall) while Puerto Rico took 20th and Cuba 23rd.  
Player of the Year Selection
The Players of the Year were also selected during halftime of the final game.  Another Brazilian, this time Eduarda Amorim was selected on the women's side while Nikola Karabatic of France was selected on the men's side. 

Click here to see the IHF World Championship by the numbers?  Don't forget the 2016 Men's European Championships is next month in Poland!

SELECT joins USATH as Official Ball

Select USA, currently out of Alpharetta, Georgia will be the official ball supplier of USA Team Handball.  What does this mean for you?  As a member of USATH, you can receive; 25% discount on handballs and 15% off resin!  For more information email orders@selectsportamerica.com or call 1-888-234-3097.   

2nd Round of the Northeast League

The second round of the Northeast League was held again at the campus of  West Point.  The first round of the 2nd division (North) tournament was also played out.  Below are the current stats.  We will try to get some video of the next round in January being hosted by New York City Team Handball.  

Best Wishes from the IHF!

Taken at the recent IHF Congress in Russia.  Can you spot USATH CEO Mike Cavanaugh?
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                                   USATH Upcoming Events

Northeast League Division 1 Men and Women (Round 3)
January  16

New York City, NY

2016 California Cup X
January  29-31

Fremont, CA

Carolina Blue Cup 
February 13-14

Chapel Hill, NC

Scott Pace Memorial Cup 
March 4-6

West Point, NY
 
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