Chicago Inter Team Handball The Premiere Handball Club in the Chicago Area Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:01:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2014 Chicago Inter Michael Lipov Memorial Cup Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:53:12 +0000 Save the date Folks! It’s time for the Chicago Inter Michael Lipov Memorial Cup. The tournament will be held Friday, October 24 – Sunday October 26, 2014 at the Northeastern IL University Sports Complex.

Some of the confirmed teams are Chicago Inter, defending US National Champs NYAC, bronze medalist West Point and all the way from Russia United Team of Moscow.

Join us and come watch some live handball,

Event is free to attend, donations to out club are always welcome

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Inter’s 2014 Beach Handball Tournament is a Grand Success! Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:05:36 +0000 On June 28th, Chicago Inter welcomed teams from Germany, Poland and across the USA to compete in the second annual ChicaGO Beach Handball Tournament. It was a beautiful day at the beach with a perfectly-timed light rain shower to cool everyone off for a few minutes before the sun came out again. There were players on the sand from three national teams (Germany, Poland and USA) and they did not disappoint the spectators who came to see a show. The atmosphere was part sporting event and part beach party; thanks to DJ Insight who kept the music going all day long.


Besides being a fun day at the beach, the handball did not disappoint. The day was full of close games and many of them came down to shoot-outs. The game we were all waiting for, Germany vs. Poland, came together in the semi-final. Many of you may remember the Battle of Chicago in 2010 when the national teams of Germany and Poland played a friendly match here. Germany just barely came out on top in that first match. It seems Poland was ready for this rematch on the sand and took the win after a crowd-pleasing shoot-out. They went on to defeat the Chicago Hawks and took home the trophy. Chicago Inter was well-represented with the Hawks taking second and the Bears earning third place after a thrilling win against Team Germany.


“This was a great opportunity for us to introduce Americans to a new sport and to do something special for handball fans in Chicago. It’s a rare occasion when you can have players like Pascal Hens, Torge Johannson, Martin Ziemer, Philipp Mueller, Rafal Glinski and the Lijewski brothers on the court at the same time – especially in the US,” said Chicago Inter President and tournament organizer, Jacque Messel. “We were thrilled to have so many players from Germany and Poland join us and to have a chance to show them our city.”

It was a fun day full of spectacular shots, great weather and camaraderie among new and old members of our worldwide handball family. Thank you to everyone who participated and we hope to see you all again soon!


Here is a list of the participating teams:

Team Poland
Team Germany
Minnesota 1
Minnesota 2
Illinois State University
Lady Liberties (from Auburn, AL)
Germerica (from Washington DC)
Chicago Bears
Chicago Bulls
Chicago Fire
Chicago Hawks

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Local Super Hero, Justin Butcher, Donates to Inter Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:14:44 +0000 Chicago Inter would like to send a special thank you out to its youngest sponsor, 9 year old, Justin Butcher.

Justin Butcher, club sponsor and generally cool kid

Justin Butcher, club sponsor and generally cool kid

Justin is the youngest of four with two older sisters and an older brother. He is extremely well-travelled for such a young man, having already visited 5 continents. He loves the outdoors and sports of all kinds, especially contact sports like handball. When Justin heard about the Chicago Inter Handball Club from his parents he boldly opened his piggy bank to make a donation so that Inter could be “the best.”

Thanks, Justin. We hope to make you proud and can’t wait to get you on the court! If you would like to be more like Justin, then why don’t you make a donation too?


Chicago Inter is a 501c3 non-profit so all donations are tax-deductible, but mostly Justin will just think you are cool.

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Beach Handball Right Around the Corner Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:41:15 +0000 It’s that time of year again. After a super-successful event last summer, it is finally time to return to the sands of Chicago’s North Avenue beach for the second annual ChicaGO Beach Handball tournament.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Beach Handball is a very different game from its indoor cousin. Extra points are awarded for “spectacular” goals so Beach Handball is very spectator-friendly. Be prepared to see plenty of creative shots such as 360 aerials and lots of alley oops/kempas/kung fus!

This year’s event will have 12 teams from all over the USA, including 3 teams featuring top-level handball stars from Germany and Poland. Inter is happy to welcome our VIP guests to Chicago and to our tournament:

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Pascal Hens – long-time German national team player, two-time Olympian and 2007 World Champion

Malte Petersen
Jendrik Meyer
Malte Schroeder
Daniel Sasse
Bartlomiej Jaszka
Bartlomiej Tomczak
Tomasz Zyzik
Krzysztof Lijewski
Rafal Glinski
Marcin Lijewski
Bartosz Zielinski
Torge Johannsen
Mario Cloessner
Martin Ziemer
Pascal Hens
Philipp Mueller

Martin Ziemer (the MVP of last year’s event) and Malte Schröder (right back of MT Melsungen) liked last year’s event so much that they came back again this year!

There are only three more days until everyone faces off on the sands. The action starts at 10am, Saturday, on North Avenue Beach. The event is FREE to attend and we will have an exhibition court set up for you to try out Beach Handball and test your skills.  See you there!

Putting on events like this takes a tremendous amount of time and resources. Please consider donating to Chicago Inter to keep events like this happening. Chicago Inter is a 501c3 non-profit and your donation is tax-deductible.

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Chicago Inter 2nd Annual Beach Handball Tournament Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:20:18 +0000 Chicago goes back to The Beach! 

We’re excited to announce our 2nd Annual ChicaGO Beach Handball Tournament!  The event will be on Saturday, June 28th at North Avenue Beach from 10am until 6pm.  Watch as teams from Chicago, Washington DC, Minnesota, Alabama and Europe battle it out on the sand.  The event is FREE to attend and we will have an exhibition court set up for you to try out Beach Handball and test your skills.  We are thrilled to have handball superstars from Europe joining us.  If you’re a fan of the Polish or German national teams, you’ll recognize some of these names.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page as we announce our special guests.     

Practices before the event are June 8th (North Avenue Beach), June 15th (Montrose Beach), and June 22nd (North Avenue Beach).  All are welcome to join us.  Check our Facebook page for the most up-to-date times and invitations.  See you on the beach!



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2014 Team Handball Nationals in Reno,NV Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:36:40 +0000 Nationals2014


Both the Inter men and women traveled to Reno, Nevada to compete in the 2014 USA National Championships.  The women’s team, defending champions and heavy favorites, played well all weekend but struggled offensively in the final against Dynamo from Colorado.  They came home with a silver medal and plans to set things “right” next year.

The Inter men were ones to watch all weekend.  They rose to the occasion ending three tough games in a tie: most notably against the defending and once-again champions, NYAC.  Unfortunately, that game was the semi-final and could not end in a tie so it went to overtime  and then a sudden-death shoot-out in which NYAC came out on top.  After that emotional roller-coaster of a game, Chicago wasn’t able to bounce back against the Army team and finished 4th in the Elite Division.

It was a fantastic weekend of handball and Chicago Inter represented themselves very well.  We are looking forward to the 2014-2015 season and our upcoming beach tournament on June 28th!

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Summer 2014 Schedule Fri, 27 Dec 2013 00:37:44 +0000 Happy Handball time!  Summer practices are set to resume June 2014.

Tuesday practices will be from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Summer 2014 Schedule

07/03/2014 at 7:00pm (NEIU)

07/08/2014 at 11:00am (Beach Handball- North Avenue Beach)

07/10/2014 at 7:00om (NEIU)

07/15/2014 at 12:30pm (Beach Handball -Montrose Beach)

07/17/2014 at 7:00pm (NEIU)

07/22/2014 at 10:00am (Beach Handball – North Avenue Beach)

07/24/2014 at 7:00pm (NEIU)

07/28/2014 at 10:00am Beach Handball Tournament (North Avenue Beach)

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Inter Women Win Michael Lipov Memorial Cup Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:28:41 +0000 This past weekend, Chicago Inter Handball Club (CIHC) hosted the 4th annual Michael Lipov Memorial Cup at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. This was the chance to reunite long time handball friends and welcome some new ones to kick off the 2013-2014 handball season in the US.

With the support of their sponsors, including namesake Michael Lipov’s son (Lenny) and grandson (Zachary), CIHC was able to bring in high quality referees from all over the nation to officiate a tournament that brought together seven men’s teams; United Team of Moscow, New York Athletic Club, Minnesota Team Handball, Columbus, West Point (Army Black and Gold teams), Chicago Inter and three women’s teams; Carolina, New Jersey and Chicago Inter.

The men’s teams were split into two groups (A: NYAC, Minnesota, Army Gold and B: Chicago Inter, Army Black, Moscow and Columbus) that would then crossover while the women’s teams would play each other twice each to determine the two finalists.

Friday Action

The event got off to a strong start on Friday with a clash between the experienced Moscow team and the ever-determined West Point Black team. The Russians edged the young military team 28-25 in an intense contest. This was followed up by a reinforced Minnesota team taking on the US National Champs, NYAC. After an evenly-matched first half, NYAC prevailed 25-15 after wearing down Minnesota’s determination. The hosts were then on the court to take on a newcomer to the event, Columbus. Anxious to do well at home, the local team rapidly took the lead and stayed there to win 23-14. NYAC was then back on the court, using their experience to take the better of West Point Gold, 39-20. The men’s games closed out with a double header where Chicago edged West Point Black 26-25 and Moscow dominated Columbus 41-21. Friday ended with two women’s games in which Chicago Inter edged Carolina 23-21 after a hard fought game and Carolina turned around and bested New Jersey, 33-17.

Saturday Recap

Saturday kicked off with West Point Black beating Columbus 32-27 after a hard fought game with emotions and tempers flaring. The Chicago Inter women’s team then took the court to beat New Jersey 28-9, a better fate than their male counterparts who fell to Moscow 24-28 in the following game. This result ensured Moscow first place in group B, ahead of Chicago Inter who would head into the semi-finals to face NYAC, undefeated the previous day in group A. Minnesota then clinched their final four berth by taking the better of West Point Gold, 26-23, in an exhilarating game. The New Jersey women’s team was then back on the court with losses to UNC (25-12) and Chicago Inter (30-11) but left with their head high as they held their own against far more experienced teams. West Point Gold then benefited from Columbus forfeiting their head-to-head and moved on to the 5th place game against West Point Black. The ladies’ group games ended with another tight contest between Carolina and Chicago Inter where the Carolina girls took the win, 20-17, promising an intense final the following day. It was then time for the men’s semis, with Minnesota pushing Moscow to the edge in a 26-31 loss. The home team (Chicago Inter), eager to get their revenge over Moscow in the final, was bitterly disappointed when the US champs (NYAC) knocked them out of the race, 32-25.

The day ended with a convivial social event at Skokie’s Zhivago restaurant, where players and referees were able to relax and enjoy some good food and camaraderie.

Final Results

The tournament then headed into its final day with an exciting line-up of games and did not disappoint! In an intense 5th place contest, the West Point rivalry had the cadets going full-speed for 60 minutes, ending with a 42-41 win for Army Black over Gold. The women’s league then served up a great final in which Chicago Inter took the win over Carolina, 33-24. Once again, the Chicago women were successful where the men were not as Minnesota took their first medal with a 32-30 win against their hosts in the third place game. The men’s final then offered up a great contest that NYAC brought home, 24-19, over Moscow.

The final tables were as follows:

Men’s Standings

Chicago Inter
West Point Black
West Point Gold
Columbus Ohio

Top scorer: Ethan Pickett (Chicago Inter)
Most Valuable Goalkeeper: Danny Capparelli (NYAC)
Most Valuable Player: Vladislav Kararash (Moscow)

Women’s Standings

Chicago Inter
New Jersey Ocean

Top scorer: Julia Taylor (Carolina)
Most Valuable Goalkeeper: Urszula Pawka (New Jersey)
Most Valuable Player: Camilla Andersen (Chicago Inter)

With another successful tournament under its belt, Chicago Inter Handball Club is already looking forward to hosting this event again in 2014 and, in the meantime, crossing paths with their guests on the court this season.  Thanks to all who supported our event and we hope to see you next year!

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Michael Lipov Memorial Cup 2013 Schedule Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:26:22 +0000 The following is the schedule for the Fourth annual Michael Lipov Memorial Cup. Good luck to all participating teams!

Group A
Army Gold

Group B
Army Black
Chicago Inter

New Jersey

Friday 25-Oct

Main Gym

12:00 Army Black vs Moscow
13:15 NYAC vs Minnesota
14:40 Columbus vs Chicago Inter
15:55 NYAC vs Army Gold
17:20 Army Black vs Chicago Inter
18:35 Inter vs Carolina
19:50 Carolina vs New Jersey

Small Gym
17:20 Moscow vs Columbus

Saturday 26-Oct

Main Gym

8:00 Columbus vs Army Black
9:15 New Jersey vs Inter
10:30 Chicago Inter vs Moscow
11:45 Minnesota vs Army Gold
13:00 Carolina vs New Jersey
14:15 3B vs 4B
15:30 2A vs 1B
16:55 Carolina vs Inter
18:20 1A vs 2B

Small Gym

14:45 New Jersey vs Inter

Sunday 27-Oct

Main Gym

9:00 5th – 6th Place
10:30 Women’s Gold Medal Match
12:00 Bronze Medal Match
13:45 Men’s Gold Medal Match

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Fall 2013 Schedule Announced Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:45:11 +0000 It’s handball time again!  Regular practices are set to resume this Tuesday, September 3rd at 8pm.

Tuesday practices will be from 8:00pm – 10:00pm and Friday practices will be from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Fall 2013 Schedule


09/03 8:00pm *
09/06 7:00pm *
09/10 8:00pm *
09/13 7:00pm *
09/17 8:00pm
09/20 7:00pm
09/24 8:00pm
09/27 7:00pm


10/01 8:00pm
10/04 7:00pm
10/08 8:00pm
10/11 7:00pm
10/15 8:00pm
10/18 OFF
10/22 8:00pm
10/25-10/27 Tournament
10/29 8:00pm


11/01 7:00pm
11/05 8:00pm
11/08 7:00pm
11/12 8:00pm
11/19 8:00pm
11/22 7:00pm
11/26 8:00pm
11/29 OFF


12/03 8:00pm
12/06 7:00pm
12/10 8:00pm Last practice of 2013

*Main Gym only


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