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25 Sep 2016 12:37 #1265332 by Levin
It's because a handball pitch is 40m x 20m and there are a limited number of halls that size (also hence why Cambridge were playing their home games in Barking). I was talking to a guy who used to play for Colchester and the place they trained wasn't long enough so they had to play 'home' games at alternate venues.

An additional problem is that hall owners sometimes have issues with the use of sticky on the ball as it leaves marks that are quite hard to shift.

It's going to be a problem long term as well. Not helped by things like Sportshouse Barking (which used to have 4 handball courts, and was therefore used for schools and uni championships) converting 3 of their pitches into a trampoline, skatepark and climbing centre.
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05 Oct 2016 10:58 - 05 Oct 2016 11:13 #1268778 by Levin
So GD men started off their league campaign by losing heavily to last year's 2nd place team Cambridge. Our women managed a win though they made harder work of it than they needed to.

Top 5 goals from the second round of the Men's champions league a couple of ridiculous ones in there. No big shocks so far Flensburg getting a draw against Veszprem was a bit of a surprise though.

In France PSG are 100% after 2 games in the Lidl Starligue, yes that is the name, bloody franglais.

edit: I know it's only one season but the only cities to have both Women's and Men's teams in div 1 are Paris and Nantes and none of them are branches of the same club.
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25 Oct 2016 14:20 - 25 Oct 2016 14:22 #1275006 by Levin
More good team names, seen yesterday

"FTC Rail Cargo Hungaria - Astrakhanochka Astrakhan"

A bit one sided though.

5 games into the Men's CL and Barcelona are unbeaten, closely followed by PSG who only lost theor opening game against Kiel.
Last Edit: 25 Oct 2016 14:22 by Levin.
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16 Nov 2016 15:33 #1280657 by Levin
Oh, short notice but if you fancy some third tier European action this weekend Olympia are hosting LK Zug at Medway Park.

There is a full day of domestic games on the Saturday culminating with the 1st leg of the Challenge Cup 3rd Round at 1800 (the second leg is Sunday morning)

Tickets can be bought here. It's the first time a European game has been hosted in the UK.

Yes Medway is an odd place for London Olympia to play but the sportshall owners are very keen on handball and have been very helpful.
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16 Nov 2016 15:35 #1280658 by ursus arctos
For those in North America, ESPN 3/Watch ESPN have been showing some European women's games on-line, but they are rarely announced in advance.
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16 Nov 2016 18:11 #1280714 by Hot Pepsi
The coverage or the matches themselves.
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16 Nov 2016 18:22 #1280724 by ursus arctos
The coverage

If I see something, I will post it on this thread
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09 Jan 2017 13:20 - 09 Jan 2017 13:21 #1289961 by longeared
The men's World Championship starts on Wednesday in France. Here's the competition mascots, Rock (who appears to have been on the waccy baccy) and Koolette (modelled on the meerkat off the insurance adverts). The trophy also appears to be based on Frank Skinner's version of the World Cup.

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11 Jan 2017 16:07 #1290553 by Levin
Yep this starts tonight with France v Brazil. It's on Eurosport player which has a very tempting £20 for a year deal at the moment.

I should note that the international scene isn't to as high a standard as the club game. You'll see better teams in the champions league.

Which has got me thinking about which sports don't suit (or allow) for the top level of the sport to be national games. American football would never have an international game would it? Even if it was as popular as football there wouldn't be enough time for national teams to practice their plays.

How does the pro bowl work?
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11 Jan 2017 21:27 #1290656 by Levin
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11 Jan 2017 22:49 #1290671 by ursus arctos
31-16 France. It wasn't that close in fact.

The Pro Bowl rosters are set by a vote, with participation by coaches, players and fans. Some variation of that is the norm for North American "All Star" games in general.

There actually is a gridiron "World Championship" among "national" teams , but it is virtually unknown here (despite the fact that the US has won every one it has participated in). Both professionals and current college players are formally ineligible for the US team.
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12 Jan 2017 15:34 #1290824 by Levin
The first game today was similarly one sided. Slovenia beat Angola 42 -25.

It's a real problem. The IHF has to hold a world championship but Europe has much stronger teams (and even then there are a handful of teams in Europe that are better than anyone else).
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12 Jan 2017 16:28 #1290834 by Kevchenko

Levin wrote: Yep this starts tonight with France v Brazil. It's on Eurosport player which has a very tempting £20 for a year deal at the moment.

I should note that the international scene isn't to as high a standard as the club game. You'll see better teams in the champions league.

Which has got me thinking about which sports don't suit (or allow) for the top level of the sport to be national games. American football would never have an international game would it? Even if it was as popular as football there wouldn't be enough time for national teams to practice their plays.

How does the pro bowl work?


Australian Rules Football similarly. There is an AFL International Cup , which is very deliberately not called a World Cup because Australia don't participate.

The AFL European Championships were held last year in what looks like a cricket pitch next to a school in London. Both the men's and women's finals ended up as GB vs Ireland. They're low quality fare, so here are the highlights rather than the full matches.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClE6SQDUbL8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGC7vGchFu0
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12 Jan 2017 19:51 - 12 Jan 2017 20:01 #1290934 by Levin
The mascots are a bear (Rok) and a weasel (Koolette) btw. Despite being almost totally awful I do like the names are derived from a roucoulette ( a shot with spin like below)



Two more games down, Japan lost to Russia by 10 and in a more competitive game Macedonia beat Tunisia 34 - 30.

Edit: USA people, BeIN are offering "full coverage".
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13 Jan 2017 12:32 #1291073 by ursus arctos
At least at the moment, BeIn's "full coverage" has been limited to their higher numbered digital channels, what with the midweek football matches in Europe and their apparent commitment to broadcast Real Madrid TV on BeIn 3 during the European evening. I imagine that will get a bit better for the knockout stages, but given that they also have the CAN, the schedule is going to be sub-optimal.
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14 Jan 2017 13:03 #1291346 by ursus arctos
Luka Karabatic, France's starting pivot, tore an ankle ligament in the match against Japan and is out for the tournament.

France are calling up Dika Mem, a 19 year old who plays for Barcelona.
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