Handball goes to Spain…

Handball, something of Cinderella in the pantheon of Gaelic games is developing an international dimension.

  • maca

    May as well start off with a good aul row!

    Did many of you Northern bucks play handball in school? Just catholics or did protestants participate too? How do people feel about this sport in comparison with hurling/gaelic considering handball is also a GAA sport? Any of you still play the sport?

  • Davros

    To be honest had never heard of it before – is it based on that game played in English Public Schools ?

  • willowfield

    Never played it, nor heard of anyone playing it.

  • maca

    Are ye lads serious?? Never played it? I’m honestly quite surprised at that.
    I know a Belfast lad who often played it in school. Perhaps it was confined only to catholic schools (assuming this bloke went to one)?

  • maca

    p.s. one of the lads on the team going to Spain is from the North.

  • Davros

    I Thought you wanted a row ? 😉

    English public schools ?

  • maca

    “I Thought you wanted a row ?”

    Are ya startin’ sham??

    “English public schools”
    What game do they play in English public schools?? handball?

  • slackjaw

    In my northern primary school 20 years ago, we used to play handball up against the canteen wall in the mornings before school started. It’s a great game.

  • PS

    I thought it was a fairly popular pastime, we had handball alleys in our school and I think it would have been fairly common. I also remember a novel about an English mining community where handball was mentioned. It’s played professionally in America and a Cavan man (whose name escapes me) is actually the world champion. I don’t think the professional side is strictly part of the GAA, but there are All ireland chmapionships played every year under the auspices of the GAA.

  • Davros

    I wonder if this counts as a further example of what Se

  • Davros

    Thanks for the link Maca- doesn’t look as if it’s an idigenous game 😉

  • maca

    “doesn’t look as if it’s an idigenous game”

    No, it seems to be hard to pin down the exact oigins of the game, It may have developed in many areas separatly. The 60*30 game is native to Ireland though, and it’s a national sport.
    Great game, great craic to play.

    It only took me 12 attempts to sign in this time, things are lookig up!

  • slackjaw

    If you’ve got a friend, a small ball, a wall, and you’re bored, it’s quite likely that you’ll end up inventing something that approximates handball sooner or later.

  • Davros

    It does raise the somewhat awkward position the GAA has over “foreignness” of games … Irish Independent had an article about 40 million Euro
    going to Croke Park which raised the issue of which sports can be played …

    “THE GAA faces intense pressure to open Croke Park to other sports after the Government last night ploughed another

  • Mick Fealty

    As I recall Queens PE centre had a couple of courts. I’ve mostly seen it played against gable walls, rather than in purpose built courts.

  • Mario

    What is handball? We play futbol before we learn to walk here. Maybe the Spaniards will be better at this than they are at futbol.

    GOOOOOOOOOOOL de ARGENTINA!!!!!!

  • Davros

    Thinking back to sixties RSD – that must have been a court beside the cloisters.

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Davros.

    Bit of Skarosian nitpicking coming up here. The GAA’s rule regarding which sports can use its facilities and which can’t does not refer to `foreign sports’. That’s a bit of an urban legend put forward by those who generally aren’t too well disposed to the GAA in the first place.

    In fact the GAA rulebook states that only “games controlled by the association” may be played on GAA premises – thus ruling out non-GAA codes.

    Now in real life this means soccer and rugby. Other garrison games such as cricket and hockey would be totally unsuited to GAA pitches anyway, whereas American football and Aussie Rules appear to be fine. (The latter was played in Croke Park in uncompromised rules in the 1960s, albeit against GAA players.)

    (Point is, the GAA doesn’t have some theological bent against “foreign” sports – you are finding motivations in a word you believe the GAA uses – but in fact it does not use that word.)

    So essentially it’s the games that could be described as the a) garrison games or b) the competition that are banned. But not for too much longer, my spider sense tells me.

  • Davros

    Salutes Successful Picker of Nit 😉

    But don’t blame me, blame Eilis O’Hanlon!

    “Garrison sports” ? They don’t come much more “Garrison” than Polo , and GAA facilities were made available for a Polo Tournament not that long agoo.

  • maca

    I think it’s just business & rivarly. Who’d want to let the FAI in the gates? They let them in to Lansdowne and they are still there.

  • Anonymous

    I played handball for 8 years and it is a great sport. Think of Squash without the racket and with a practically solid rubber ball. You hit it with your hand in a court that (well it was at my school) 40 foot high (the facing wall) and 40 foot long. Between running like a blue arsed fly all of the place to contorting your body to respond quickly, it was great. I know they play it in the US as I have friends there that do as well as seeing it in quite a few US films (mostly centered around NY).

  • Anonymous

    I played handball for 8 years and it is a great sport. Think of Squash without the racket and with a practically solid rubber ball. You hit it with your hand in a court that (well it was at my school) 40 foot high (the facing wall) and 40 foot long. Between running like a blue arsed fly all of the place to contorting your body to respond quickly, it was great. I know they play it in the US as I have friends there that do as well as seeing it in quite a few US films (mostly centered around NY).

  • Anonymous

    I played handball for 8 years and it is a great sport. Think of Squash without the racket and with a practically solid rubber ball. You hit it with your hand in a court that (well it was at my school) 40 foot high (the facing wall) and 40 foot long. Between running like a blue arsed fly all of the place to contorting your body to respond quickly, it was great. I know they play it in the US as I have friends there that do as well as seeing it in quite a few US films (mostly centered around NY).

  • Anonymous

    I played handball for 8 years and it is a great sport. Think of Squash without the racket and with a practically solid rubber ball. You hit it with your hand in a court that (well it was at my school) 40 foot high (the facing wall) and 40 foot long. Between running like a blue arsed fly all of the place to contorting your body to respond quickly, it was great. I know they play it in the US as I have friends there that do as well as seeing it in quite a few US films (mostly centered around NY).

  • Anonymous

    I played handball for 8 years and it is a great sport. Think of Squash without the racket and with a practically solid rubber ball. You hit it with your hand in a court that (well it was at my school) 40 foot high (the facing wall) and 40 foot long. Between running like a blue arsed fly all of the place to contorting your body to respond quickly, it was great. I know they play it in the US as I have friends there that do as well as seeing it in quite a few US films (mostly centered around NY).

  • Anonymous

    I played handball for 8 years and it is a great sport. Think of Squash without the racket and with a practically solid rubber ball. You hit it with your hand in a court that (well it was at my school) 40 foot high (the facing wall) and 40 foot long. Between running like a blue arsed fly all of the place to contorting your body to respond quickly, it was great. I know they play it in the US as I have friends there that do as well as seeing it in quite a few US films (mostly centered around NY).

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    I remember seeing a world championships in handball about a decade ago. The Mexicans seemed to be the top dogs at that stage.