DIHC won the double Men and Women Championship 2015

WE DID IT!!!!!

DIHC Double All-Ireland Championships 2015
DIHC Double All-Ireland Championships 2015

In 2015, Dublin International realise the double men and women in the All-Ireland Championships. The ladies won the title by finishing first of the league (no final 4 is organise for the women league). When the men team did the same scenario than last year, by finishing 2nd of the league and wining the play-off but this time it was again UCD surprising  outsider after their victory against Astra. We want also to congratulate Lughnasa after their tide match against us they success to won the bronze medal after another Tide match.

We wish to our 2 teams the best for the next year with, we hope, the same success and maybe more 2 cup can be add to be a prefect year.  So well done Girls and Boys, keep the good spirit and the love of the game that emanate from you.

Men’s Match Report: DIHC vs UCD

Sat 19th of April: DIHC vs UCD in Phibblestown at 3.30 pm

Match cancelled earlier in the season… Usual start for DI – slow… Thankfully Dragos Busuioc on the left wing & Paulo B.N. on the line quickly recovered the situation. DI’s defence is strengthening through the first half but this does not seem to impact the UCD players very much. Dragos on the wing has found the way to the net and keeps at it. Captain Tomas Martinonis at the back follows the same recipe and either finds the goal or Paulo on the line who does find the goal as well. Things look good at half time – DI is in the lead by 3 points.

DI keeps cruising in the second half sometimes destabilised by good actions on the right hand side of their keeper. Centre player – Rene Schulz – gets 3 nice goals in this half to complete the job mostly done by Tomas and Dragos. Also note some good moves from Dani Ninho Felíss for the left back or centre position. DI enjoys the last whistle from the referees giving them a 30 to 27 win.

Man of the match: Dragos Busuioc with 10 goals
Good performance: Tomas Martinonis (7 goals) & Paulo B.N. (5 goals)

Men’s Match Report: DIHC vs Lughnasa

Sat 11th of April: DIHC vs Lughnasa in Phibblestown at 3.30 pm

Tough start for DIHC – post few injuries on the squad – not the full effective is present at warm up today. However moral seems good enough. 5 minutes into the game Lughnasa takes the lead by a couple of goals. Not very worried DIHC does not seem to react at all and let it go. DIHC defence is poor and Lughnasa plays well – this is also very true for the offensive phases. Thanks to some great solo goals Lughnasa sits on the bench at half time with a 7 points lead 18 to 11. Note a very good performance from Dragos Busuioc on the wing during this first half.

Tough chat with his players at half time captain Tomas Martinonis is putting the accent on the defence. Back in the game the defence is working better is the keepers can start to work. 10 minutes into the second half DI is back 4 points away thanks to a few good saves and some nice attacks. Lughnasa is fighting back but DI manages to close the gap to only 2 goals 5 minutes before the end. Couple of nice saves from Lughnasa keeper and 1 more ball in the net from their field players and the referees call the end of the game at 27-30.

The defeat takes DI down to the 3 position in the league a game behind Lughnasa second and Astra first. Next game is against UCD 4th in the league – DI will need to win to stay well enough positioned in the table pre play-off entry. Please come and support us next Sunday at Phibblestown!

Man of the match: ‎Regis Loubatiere (I swear i did not pick myself!)

2015 IOHA Cup Report

Sat 28th, Feb: All day at Gormanstown College


Busy day for Irish amateur handballer this Saturday! After a few last minute changes, the 2015 edition of this cup was going to be round-robin tournament (no knock-out stages) for both Ladies and Men. Each game will last 30 mins with no break… On the Ladies side; UCD, Lughnasa, Astra & DIHC were enrolled. For the men; UCD, Lughnasa, Astra, DIHC & Sperrin Spartans. By the way – great to see the Northerners again who are unfortunately not playing the league this year… Read More

Men’s match report: UCC vs DIHC

Sat 21st Feb: UCC vs DIHC at Mardyke Arena at 4 pm

Despite an (relatively) early trip down to Cork – a good squad showed up at the Mardyke Arena including our fervent Romanian supporters (thanks again guys)! Match starts very well for Cork and by the time DI wakes up UCC is leading 6-2. DI’s left winger – Dragos Busuioc – leads the group by getting 4 of the first 5 DI’ goals (5th goal from the new recruit – Piotr Milian)… UCC’s gate keeper shows a few very good saves and get the group of supporters from the south existed. Janek Complak & Hichem Sefroun ‎(العنوان خاطيء) – after a few misses – follow the example set by Dragos and get some goals on the board. In the opposition, the right back wearing the number 15 keeps UCC in the lead by getting a few very goals against a strong defence. At the break UCC is in the lead by 3 points – 17-14.

Back on the field, DI increases the rythme in defence, the ball starts turning smoothly & Tomas Martinonis starts opening fire. UCC – with a single man on the bench – slows down in defence. Quickly enough DI takes the lead helped by its keeper – Jakov Filip Grgurev – smartly lunching fast breaks. Janek leads the show for the Dublin attack with a few acrobatic goals and Hichem nails the keeper down 5 times in this second half. Referees call it done at 35-29 in the favour of the Dubliners.

Men of the match: Dragos Busuioc (8 goals) Janek Complak (10 goals)

Great Performance: Hichem Sefroun (8 goals)

Special Thank you: DI’s supporters who made it down to Cork

Women’s Match report: UCD vs DIHC

Sun 18th Jan – Ladies: ASTRA HC vs DIHC at UCD.

Short (20 mins halves) but intense game for our Ladies. First half started well with few goals from both sides – results of good defensive moves from each side. Note a great addition to our back line – Anne Delfs Lehmann – played very well with Sophie Vicente and Roxane Jaffuel… Despite the power of this trio and help from the rest of group, DI could not break away and finish the first half 5 points all. Difficult come back after the break – DI lets Astra get ahead by 3 goals. Astra plays smartly by defending well and keeps adding to the scoreboard. Nice couple of interceptions and runs from DI’s wing player – Lisa Fauck – keep DI in the race but only allows them to finish 2 points down on their opponent… Final score 13-11. Astra walks away with the glory against DI this weekend!

Lady of the match: Lisa Fauck

Men’s match report: DIHC vs ASTRA

Sat 17th Jan: DIHC vs Astra at Phibblestown at 3 pm

DI! DI. DI… Game started well today! DI gets in the game very well with a few impressive goals from Hichem Sefroun in diverse positions. Conor Molloy on the wing also decides to tick the box to give DI a confortable 5 points lead 10 mins before the end of first half. After a very good performance of Astra’s keeper, DI seats on bench at half time leading 12-11. Early in the second half Astra takes the lead by defending very well and scoring a few good counter attacks. DI fails to finding a path to the goal – stopped by either a good defence or a great keeper. Hichem hits the woodwork 3 times in a row, Captain Tomas Martinonis hits the keeper twice in a row, 20 mins after half time DI has only scored 2 goals and missed about 6 penalties… Astra is now on the way to victory and relaxes the defences slightly – Conor takes advantage of this to get a few more goals. Referees Kari Andresson & Alex Kulesh call the end of the match at 19-26. First defeat of the season for DI… Note a good performance in defence through the game despite a not very pretty scoreboard with David Lopez Pinheiro role modelling at 10 meters.

Men of the match: David Lopez Pinheiro

Great Performance: Conor Molloy

Special Note: Glad to see Hichem and David back after some time away from the pitch! Welcome back Guys.

Men’s match report: DIHC vs UCC

Sun 13th Dec: DIHC vs UCC at Phibblestown at 3.30 pm

Good game for DIHC today… Very balanced start of game – with opening goal from our new recruit – Paulo Bikuna – line player. A couple of good goals from Tomas Martinonis – and a few good saves from Jakov Filip Grgurev put DI in the leading position at half time 17 – 13. Note a good shooting session from Amalric Brugerolle with 3 consecutive goals. DI stays in control during the second half with very good defensive moves with captain Marian Celko heading a 5-1. Overall all players played an active part and almost everyone got a goal or more (sorry President). DI just got another 3 important points stays at the top of table!

Men of the match: Amalric Brugerolle & Christian Petersen
Excellent performance: Andrius ST

Will be missed: Marian Celko leaving us…


Women’s Match report: UCD vs DIHC

Sun 16th Nov – Ladies: UCD vs DIHC at UCD.
Friendly game – not so friendly! Our Ladies started the game as anyone would a Sun at 12am… lol. 10 minutes later and a couple of goals behind they had woken up. Good play started to take place from the trio at the back. Sophie Vicente in the middle lead the game creating positions for her two super shooters Roxane Jaffuel and Aleksandra Radzewicz. After a few important defencive action from Aleksandra and a couple of good goals from Eva Herczeg on the right wing, DIHC was leading 23-20 with 8 minutes left on the clock. UCD took their opportunities and came back in the game to take the lead. Unable to counter the blue jerseys – our ladies left the pitch with a defeat 27-25 but a good lesson learnt – don’t give up…
Note also a good performance from Ingrid Laursen on the line with 3 goals.
Thank you public – not as large as we would expect considering the number of these ladies supporting the men’s team! (hidden message to the boys!)
Lady of the game: Roxane Jaffuel with 11 goals.