This Saturday, February 23, New York City Team Handball Club (NYC THC) will be hosting the second leg of the Men's Division 2 Northeast Team Handball League (NTHL). Six teams are competing in this Division: Boston Team Handball (BTH 2), DC Ambassadors (DCA), NYC THC 2, University of Conneticut, NYC THC 3, and Army Gold.
After the first meet, NYC THC2 and DCA led the standings with 4 points each, from two wins, while NYC THC 3 and Army Gold have 2 points each. BTH 2 and UConn are yet to earn their first points this season.
The second meet of the Women's Northeast Team Handball League brought us to Manhattan, this Saturday, where New York City Team Handball Club hosted Boston and Ocean NJ.
The competition kicked off with the host's second team (NYC2) taking on Boston. After a slow start, the ladies from Boston took the lead and did not look back for the rest of the game. The first half of the game ended with a 9-6 lead for Boston Team Handball (BTH) with Blaki, the team's goal keeper, saving two 7-meter shots during the half. Boston maintained their lead during the second half of the game rotating through their bench players and finishing the game with a 5-goal margin (17-12).
After a short break, Boston took on Ocean NJ (ONJ), the young team from the Garden State.
The first weekend of the US Northeast Team Handball League (NTHL) kicked off this past weekend and had all the elements of a good handball competition: close games, competitive attitudes and surprises in results. A total of 18 games were held over the course of two days in three divisions: Men's D1, Men's D2 and Women's DW. All the DW and D1 games were played on Saturday, with some of the D2 games spilling over to Sunday.
On the women's side, New York City Team Handball Club (NYC THC) grasped a valuable victory from Boston Team Handball (BTH) in the first match-up between the two rivals, this season. The game was close and Boston lead for most of it, but NYC came back to win the game at the end of the second half 14:13. Later Boston redeemed themselves in their match against West Point Black (WPB), one of the better teams in the league, in which they won also by 1 goal - another close game.
Division 2, on the men's side, was equally as competitive and some games were as close as the women's games. While the D2 teams tend to be a little lacking on experience, they certainly make up for that with their amazing enthusiasm, commitment and determination to win.
The 4th consecutive season of the US Northeast Team Handball League kicks off this weekend with a record number of club and team participation , thanks to the introduction of a women's division and the reintroduction of a Men's Division 2 into it. The first leg of the season is hosted at the US Military Academy in West Point, NY.
Last season, the league consisted of a single Men's division of four (4) teams, which served as the official qualifying stage for the National Championships. The teams were NYC THC, Boston TH, West Point Blk, and DC Diplomats. Those four teams will compete again this year in the Men's D1, but they will be joined byt 6 division 2 (D2) teams and 6 women's division teams (DW).
Below is a list of the clubs participating in the various divisions and the detailed schedule of the weekend.