Games & Tournaments

2018 World Championships & USHA Four-Wall Nationals

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Ecuador's William Coello saves his best game for the World's stage.  Coello collected another World Championship on Sunday, defeating Patrick Sullivan of Ireland in the Men's 50-Plus Wallball Division 21-13, 21-15. 

In the other Sunday final, Jamie Kelly of Ireland made an incredible game two comeback to stop New York's Isaiah Hong for the Men's B Singles One-Wall Small Ball crown, 21-3 and 21-17.   

A large crowd gathered for the Parade of Nations as teams and representatives proudly showed their countries flags during the ceremony.  Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey delivered a warm welcome to players and marveled at how handball can bring together so many people from different places and backgrounds together for one event.  

See the day's results, draws & future match times HERE.

Please Note:  Times & Draws are TENTATIVE and may change up to the day of the event.  Remember to double-check match times on the day of the event. 

The USHA and WPH are thrilled to announce a partnership in supporting Team USA Handball and broadcasting the 2018 World Handball Championships & USHA Four-Wall Nationals from Minneapolis, MN.  

Watch LIVE coverage at 11 a.m. local Minnesota time (Central), beginning Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  Get more information and each day's links HERE.

Tuesday 8/14 Select small ball and wallball 1-wall finals (Singles & Doubles)

11:00 a.m.               Women’s WallBall Open Final - Danielle Daskalakis (USA) vs Martina McMahon (IRE)

12:00 p.m.               Men’s Wallball Open Final - Vlad Klym (USA) vs Connor McElduff (IRE)

1:00 p.m.                 Men’s 1-Wall Small Ball Final - Willie Polanco (USA) vs Joe Kaplan (USA)

2:00 p.m.                 Men’s 1-Wall Small Ball Final - Paudi Quish/Conor McElduf (IRE/IRE) vs Vlad Klym/Ingmar McKenzie (USA/USA)

3:00 p.m.                 Men’s 1-Wall Small Ball Open Singles Final - Willie Polanco/Joe Kaplan (NY/NY) vs Kody Yan/Steven Woo (NY/NY)

All times will be Local Minneapolis, MN Times - Go to the Video Player HERE:  https://youtu.be/UNXqanw6-GM

What's happening in Minneapolis off the courts???  See the the latest "Things to Do" page made exclusively for our 2018 World Handball Championships [HERE]!  


 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Ecuador's William Coello saves his best game for the World's stage.  Coello collected another World Championship on Sunday, defeating Patrick Sullivan of Ireland in the Men's 50-Plus Wallball Division 21-13, 21-15. 

In the other Sunday final, Jamie Kelly of Ireland made an incredible game two comeback to stop New York's Isaiah Hong for the Men's B Singles One-Wall Small Ball crown, 21-3 and 21-17.   

A large crowd gathered for the Parade of Nations as teams and representatives proudly showed their countries flags during the ceremony.  Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey delivered a warm welcome to players and marveled at how handball can bring together so many people from different places and backgrounds together for one event.  

See the day's results, draws & future match times HERE.


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Minnesota's own Mike Gustafson brought the first 2018 World Title to his home state by winning the Masters Singles 1-Wall Small Ball title over Ireland's James Doyle on Saturday, 21-13, 12-0 injury default.  What started as a spirited match, ended anticlimactically with Doyle's injury default.  

Gustafson survived a strong start by Doyle in the first before finding his own groove.  Trailing 5-1, Gustafson settled comfortably to first take the lead and the first game.  

"I didn't get much small ball practice before," admitted Gustafson.  "But it was like going for a crack-serve in four-wall, but making sure [the ball] stayed in.  Once that happens, you can hook the serve off the court.  It was too bad he was hurt.  It would have been a great match to finish."  

Unfortunately, this wasn't the first finals forfeiture for Doyle.  Earlier in the day, he pulled up with a hamstring injury and couldn't finish the Masters Singles Wallball final against Ecuador's Carlos Lalama, (losing 21-9 before stopping play). 

Doyle didn't let the setback prevent him from "making a go of it" in the small ball final.  Doyle's skill, mixed with grit and determination pushed Gustafson early.   

Congrats to the many others who won World titles on Saturday.  See results, draws & future match times HERE.


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The second full day of action set the table for many of first one-wall and wall ball finals for the 2018 World Handball Championships. 

Ireland's James Doyle, the top seed in the Masters Wallball and One-Wall Small Ball Singles survived two semifinals tiebreakers to reach the final in both divisions.  In the Wallball semifinal, Jack Safros of New York came back big and dominated Doyle in the second game for force a third set, but Doyle recovered nicely to win easily, 21-12, 6-21, 11-3.  

It didn't look like Doyle had much left in the small ball seminal against fellow countryman, John O'Connor.  The lefty from Munster had Doyle on the ropes in the tiebreaker with a commanding 9-6 advantage.  The deficit and pressure didn't effect Doyle who calmly regained the serve and proceeded to attack the right side of the court, forcing O'Connor to chase returns with his off-hand.  Doyle scored four unanswered points to reach match point and delivered a driving ace serve to the right to secure a spot in Saturday's final.  

"Small ball can be strange," said Doyle.  "It can go fast.  You can control a big ball a bit more, but fortunately, I made some shots and was able to get a few hooks in."  

Doyle faces Minnesota's Mike Gustafson in tomorrow's Small Ball final.  He'll first go up against Ecuador's Carlos Lalama in the Wallball final at 2:00 p.m. (Central).

See today's results along with other draws & start times HERE.

 


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The 2018 World Handball Championships and USHA Four-Wall Nationals kicked off with wallball and one-wall singles competition in the North Gym at the University of Minnesota Recreation and Wellness Center.  Many of the matches on the inaugural day of the tournament were one-sided, but not the Men's 23-Under contest between Ben Devlin and Jamie Kelly (Photo: Kelly swinging - Keith Thode)

Kelly simply dominated Devlin early on, holding his opponent to singles digits in the first game.  But in the second, a more determined Devlin kept pace and pulled out a narrow three-point win to force the third deciding game.  The two battled to a near standstill in the tiebreaker, but Devlin pulled away late for an improbably victory.  The two resume play in their Round Robin division tomorrow.  

See today's results along with other draws & start times HERE.

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