The Phoneographer Explores: Astra Handball

A sport that has seen its popularity rise in Ireland, is Handball (also known as team handball, Olympic handball, European team handball, European handball, or Borden ball).  It is very different from Gaelic Handball, which is the most widely played version of the sport in Ireland, as for starters it is a team sport.  In this fast paced game, two teams of seven players each (six outfield players and a goalkeeper) pass a ball amongst themselves with the objective of throwing it into the goal of the other team. A standard match consists of two periods of 30 minutes.

Modern handball is played on an indoor court 40 by 20 meters (131 by 66 ft), with the goals surrounded by a 6-meter zone where only the defending goalkeeper is allowed; the goals must be scored by throwing the ball from outside the zone or while “jumping” into it.

I was invited out to UCD to watch the home team play Astra Handball, the most popular and exciting team in Ireland, in what turned out to be a fantastic game.  Here is what I captured on my Nokia Lumia 1020:


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The Half Time Score

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The winning team, with the trophy… and some future players:

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Final Score: Astra 31 – 17 UCD


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