Men’s handball national team set to make Euro 2014 qualifying debut

Monday, April 2, 2012, 13:48


Malta men’s handball national team has been drawn in Group D of the qualification phase 1 for the Euro 2014 Handball Championships.  Thirty nine nations, including the event organisersDenmark, have registered to take part.  Qualification will be played in two phases, with Phase 1 to be played in a tournament format at one venue from Friday 8 June to Sunday 10 June 2012.

This is the first time ever that a Maltese handball national team is taking part in a Euro competition.  Following various participations in the Challenge Trophy, Malta is now set to make its debut at a higher level competition.  Malta faces a tough competition against Turkey, Latvia and Estonia.  The national team under the guidance of national coach Matthew Mamo and assistant coach Ian Psaila has been preparing for this competition for three months.  Petr Sulc from Czech Republic who has been assisting the national team coaches for three years is again appointed as the EHF consultant to our national team.

The players who form part of the national selection at present are:

Aloysians HC: GARGANO Damian; NAUDI Peter; MIFSUD Philip; ZAMMIT Jerome; Kavallieri HC: RAUSI James; ZAMMIT Luke; Great Dane HC (England): PSAILA Matthew; La Salle HC: GILSON Mark; SAID Andrew; McCLEAN Christian; MAGRO Chris; NUSSBAUM Matthias; Luxol HC: BONELLO Edward; TANTI Daniel; Tanti Joseph; Modena (Italy): FRIGGIERI Jacques; Pheonix SC: MELI Andrew; MIFSUD Andrew; MIFSUD Clinton

 

Women’s Challenge trophy in Bulgaria

The Women’s national team returned from Bulgaria last week. Though losing all 4 matches the team managed to register good progress against tough oponents. This was the third appearance of the team in a Challenge Trophy only this time the category was set for U-23 players. Many new faces composed the team under the guidance of coaches Jospeh Tanti and Twanny Xuereb. The results of the Maltese squad in the group stages were as follows:

Israel v Malta 22:12

Malta v Faroe Islands 5:41

EstoniavMalta21:13

Malta then lost its placement match againstArmenia10:22. For most of the players forming the U-23 squad this was their first official national call. The young team showed character and determination which augurs well for the future.

The MHA would like to thank Kunsill Malti ghall-iSport and the national teams’ technical sponsor, Eurosport for their support in making participation in this event possible.

 





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