US Nationals 2015


The journey to the US National Championships began on Thursday the 14th of May. Chicago Inter HC traveled with three teams (Women, Men Elite-Black, Men Open-Yellow) to York, PA to fight for the medals with the top teams of the country.

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Milwaukee – Scrimmage

The Chicago Inter men’s team has been pretty busy this spring season, winning the California Cup and taking 3rd place in West Point. But this did not stop the team from participating in two Midwest scrimmage tournaments hosted by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

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West Point Tournament

In keeping up with what has already been a busy season for Chicago Inter, the men’s team took part in the Cpt. Scott Pace Memorial tournament in West Point, NY earlier this month.

As a traditional part of Chicago’s preparation for the US Nationals, West Point presented, once again, an interesting challenge and a chance for some of our newer faces to taste the thrill of handball in the USA.

The tournament started off on Friday, March 6th with an opening game against West Point Gold. After a day of travel, the start was slow for Chicago but we slowly set into our rhythm and came away with an 18-14 win to boost morale and kick off the weekend on a positive note.

Fuelled by the first day’s win, the team came into Saturday’s matchup with the Canadian team of Sherbrooke with a positive attitude and soon took control of the game, on their way to a convincing 24-19 win. Things then got a little trickier against Air Force as we were caught off guard by the cadets’ fast-paced game and had to rely on a last second score by center Ethan Pickett to claim a 23-22 win. Boosted by this win, Chicago headed into their final game of the day (against NYC 2) with a top-seeded birth in their sights. Despite the accumulated fatigue, both teams put some good plays together and Chicago came out with another close win to cap off the group phase of the tournament with 4 wins in as many games.

After clinching 3rd seed on overall goal differential, Chicago headed into the semifinals to face West Point Black. The relentless pace dictated by the cadets made it difficult for Chicago to impose their own game plan and we suffered our first loss of the weekend: 29-21. But despite the disappointment, the team rallied to beat Sherbrooke by 7 and claim 3rd place.


Thanks to West Point Academy for organizing a great weekend of handball and we look forward to our next challenge!

CalHeat Cup

Dear fellow Handball players and friends,

The Men`s team of Chicago Inter traveled on the weekend of the 24/25th of January to our friends in San Francisco to participate in the 2015 edition of the California Cup hosted by CalHeat.

Due to cancellations of two teams in short notice the tournament had a reduced schedule with games only happening on Saturday and Sunday. As most of the team had flights in to San Francisco on Thursday or Friday we used the time for some team building events. Part of the team went to San Francisco to explore the city while the rest of us headed up to Napa Valley. Both events were a huge success and the team had a lot of fun.

Nevertheless, we also played some Handball. The tournament was organized into two groups of 3 teams each. In our group we were facing Portland and the hosting team from San Francisco. Saturday was the Group Phase and Sunday the Play-Offs.

In the first match against Portland our experience prevailed allowing us to control the game most of the time and at the same time we minimized our own mistakes. This lead to an overall deserved win and built confidence in the team. The end score was 22:12 for Chicago.

The follow up game against San Francisco was more intense, as expected from the home team. Throughout the game Chicago Inter was never able to establish a more comfortable lead than 3-5 goals, which made a very attractive game for fans and visitors. In the end we won the game with 33:28 and finished as #1 in our group.

Due to our first place in the group we were able to get a later game on Sunday which was much appreciated to give our bodies some rest. So we were heading in the Semi-Finals against Vancouver. In this game we were not able to continue our concentrated and fast-paced plays from the day before, because of that we were struggling more and the game was a lot closer than needed to be. It took us until the middle of the second half to regain our momentum and finish the game with a solid score of 27:20.

Sunday, early afternoon, our chance as a team to gain the second gold medal in a row (after our Chicago home tournament this past October). We were facing a strong Los Angeles team even though some of their core players were missing. Chicago was again on par with the performance of Saturday and started the game well. Even though the mistakes were held to a minimum and plays were performed well there was never a chance in the first half to take full control of the game. 10 minutes into the second half this changed and the deciding factor was stamina. We were able to keep up the high speed and this was in the end too much for LA, which led to a high scoring finish of 31:21.

Congratulations to our Men`s team for bringing home Gold!

All results and streams can be watched here.

The next tournament for our guys will be the strong and prestigious West Point tournament.

Happy new year

Better late than never, Chicago Inter wishes you and your families a happy new year 2015!

We ended 2014 with our annual club meeting where, besides many other discussions, several new directors were elected to our board. Congratulations for Roman and Alex stepping up to the challenge. We would also like to thank Bojan and Aida (who resigned to allow others the opportunity to serve) for their hard work and contributions over the past years.

2015 is starting right away with Handball action. As you all might know the World Championship in Qatar has started just one week ago and we have seen already many exciting matches. beIN Sports is the official TV partner in the US for the World Championships, so make sure to tune in once in a while there.

Also, in our club we are starting the new year right away.
Our Men`s team is playing this weekend in the San Francisco (CalHeat) tournament. After some promising results the last year (US Nationals, Milwaukee, Chicago tournaments) the expectations are high and the team is looking forward to battle it out with the best from the West Coast. During the weekend we will update you with the results on our Facebook page, so stay tuned for updates.

2014 Chicago Inter Michael Lipov Memorial Cup

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

Inter’s 2014 Beach Handball Tournament is a Grand Success!


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