Experience Carries NYAC & Chicago Inter to Titles
|NYAC, led by Olympians Mike Thornberry, Mike Sullivan, Tom Fitzgerald, Bobby Dunn and Bob Hillery defeated Atlanta Team Handball in the Men's finale. NYAC finished the tournament a perfect 4-0.|
On the women's side, the pan-European defending USA champs, Chicago Inter, held off a persistent effort from the USA National team to earn gold with the same 4-0 record.
The tournament, held for the first time at Northeastern Illinois University, earned accolades from players, fans and VIP's alike. Accomplished guests included ten Olympians, along with World Sport Chicago Executive Director Scott Meyers, Chicago Red Stars (women's pro soccer) president Peter Wilt, USA Team Handball president Dieter Esch, PATHF Vice President Dennis Berkholtz - and others.
USA Team Handball would like to thank AthletiCo, Chicago's leading performance, fitness and therapy company. AthletiCo orchestrated Friday's National Teams tryout, then provided medical coverage for every game in the tournament. Special thanks also to Mariusz Wartolowicz, Felix Murokh and everyone at Chicago Inter Handball Club; Matt Specht and the physical education department at Northeastern Illinois University and a slew of volunteers.
Partial results follow. Check www.chicagointerhandball.org for video, more photos and additional tournament details.
Chicago Inter 35 Army 7
USA 38 Army 4
Army 26 Furman 14
Chicago Inter 38 Furman 9
USA 26 Furman 1
Chicago Inter 28 USA 15
Army 26 Inter 22
NYAC 23 Inter 18
Atlanta 39 Army 38
NYAC 32 Atlanta 31
Atlanta 32 Inter 28
NYAC 35 Army 27