South American Games Recap
A Short Summary of the ODESUR Games (South American Qualifier)
Vina del Mar (Vineyard of the Sea), Chile
7 teams met on the Men’s side to battle it out for future qualifications as follows (from wiki.mundohandball.com):
- The top three teams from the competition will qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
- The fourth team will play in a playoff against the U.S. and the fourth team in the Central American and Caribbean Games in an as yet to be determined location (December 2014). The winner of this “Second Chance Tournament” will qualify for the Pan Am Games.
- The top four of the competition (excluding Uruguay who is hosting), qualify for the Pan American Championships in June 2014. The top three from Pan Am Champs qualify for Worlds 2015 in Qatar.
Disclaimer: the writer of this article did not watch any of the games nor has he seen any video. The results and stats are all taken from the aforementioned wiki.mundohandball.com. It is believed that the Simonet brothers did not play for Argentina and the Feuchtmann brothers did not play for Chile. Both sets of brothers have been key contributors to their teams in the past and the results that follow would have arguably been significantly different had they played.
Argentina, Chile and Colombia made up Group A. Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela and Paraguay composed Group B. Argentina beat Chile on day 1 in a close match, 26-24 and handily dismantled Colombia 39-15 to win the group. Chile beat Colombia 31-23 to garner 2nd place. In Group B, Brazil was never tested. They won all three games by an average of 20 goals. Uruguay placed second, narrowly escaping Venezuela, 20-18 and beating Paraguay 29-20. Venezuela topped Paraguay 30-17 to claim the third spot.
In crossover play, Argentina beat Uruguay 23-14, securing a spot in the finals against Brazil who beat
Chile 33-22 in the other semi-final. Chile handled business against Uruguay in the third place match, beating them 27-21. In what has become common place over the past few years, Argentina and Brazil played for the title with Brazil squeaking past the Argentines by 2 goals, 25-23. Venezuela beat Colombia to claim the all-important 5th spot.
What it all means… Brazil, Argentina and Chile qualified for the Pan American Games in Toronto and for the Pan American Championships in Uruguay. Uruguay, automatically qualified for the Pan American Championships as hosts, also qualified for the Second Chance Tournament against the USA and the 4th place team from the Central American and Caribbean Games. Venezuela qualified for the Pan American Championships in Uruguay.
Teams qualified for Pan American Championships – Uruguay – June 2014 (In no particular order)
On the women’s side, 5 teams competed in a round-robin tournament to decide:
- The top three teams from the competition will qualify for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto
- The fourth team will play in a playoff against the U.S. and the fourth team in the Central American and Caribbean Games in an as yet to be determined location (December 2014). 1 team from this “Second Chance Tournament” will qualify for the Pan Am Games.
Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay each played one match against the other four over a span of eight days. The results were not surprising, although one game in particular was quite shocking. World Champion Brazil won the tournament but not with an unblemished record. Argentina, on the third match day, managed to tie the almighty Brazilians, 23-23, which gave both Argentina and Brazil seven points for the tournament with Brazil taking 1st place via goal differential. Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay all ended up with two points for the tournament, all three losing to Brazil and Argentina and then to make it interesting, they all beat each other. Chile garnered the all-important 3rd spot on goal differential (qualifying for the Pan Am Games) and Uruguay, by one goal, snatched the 4th spot and the right to play the USA and the 4th team from the Central and Caribbean Games in the “Second Chance Tournament”.
- Brazil - +67
- Argentina - +23
- Chile - -13
- Uruguay - -38
- Paraguay - -39