For this first edition of the Texas Cup, played on 2nd and 3rd December, 8 teams came over Richardson, TX, for an intense week-end of Team Handball with 18 games played over 2 days!
Working together, the Houston Firehawks and Dallas Team Handball Club, organized this event that gathered:
- Houston Firehawks 1&2
- Dallas Team Handball Club
- Texas A&M Team Handball
- Chicago Inter
- San Francisco Calheat
- Air Force Team Handball
- Knight Air
The first day of competition saw some thrilling games for the round robin phase. If Calheat dominated the group A with 3 wins in a row, Air Force took over Dallas in a breathless atmosphere to take the second ticket for the semi-final with a win on the last second of the clock (22-21).
The group B saw Chicago winning the group on goal difference over Houston Firehawks. Both teams ended their first opposition of the season on a tied 20-20 in one of the high moment of the day. Both team won their 2 other games against Knight Air and Texas A&M to validate their tickets late in the evening for the semi-finals. Knight Air ending at the 3rd position of the group following their initial win facing Texas A&M.
On Sunday morning, Semifinals were set:
Calheat – Firehawks for the re-game of the 2017 Calcup final. Calheat took a solid advantage in the first half (12-7) that they manage to keep over the second half despite a good effort to come back from the Firehawks (-1 and the possession with 1’30 to play). Calheat would finally manage to stay ahead until the last second with a final score of 24-21.
Chicago – Air Force saw Chicago take an early advantage and manage to consolidate it until the end of the game for a 29-23 win to qualify for the final as well.
The ranking games ended up as follows: Texas A&M winning Houston Firehawks2 21-10 for the 7th position, Knight Air winning Dallas Team handball in another close game (21-19) for the 5th position. The Bronze game saw Houston Firehawks winning against Air Force (30-15).
The First Final of the Texas Cup could finally start between Chicago Inter and Calheat: starting with a very high level of energy, Calheat would play a very solid defense in first half with a lead of 3 goals at half time (10-7). Slowly but surely in the second half, Chicago would get the momentum back and manage to take a late lead in the game and finally end with final victory 22-20 following a great battle!
Congratulation to Chicago Inter for their first title of the season remaining undefeated during the time of tournament. Well Done and see you next year!