2018 World Championships & USHA Four-Wall Nationals

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- It was "Martina Mania" at the 2018 World Handball Championships & USHA Four-Wall Nationals.  Championship Sunday is the most anticipated day of any World Championships or Nationals, and Ireland's Martina McMahon has put the world on notice.  Just five days after winning the Women's Wallball Singles Open, McMahon took home two more titles by slamming the Women's Open Four-Wall Singles and Doubles. 

In her first match of the day, McMahon found herself in a battle against top-seeded Catriona Casey.  The two were locked in a heated game one, where McMahon held game point at 20-16.  It appeared Casey would catch McMahon as she put together an array of shots that dazzled the spectators in the stands.  Ultimately, McMahon took the final point to put an end to the rally, 21-18.

Casey was determined to force a tiebreaker, and once the second game started, she applied tremendous pressure by establishing a furious pace against McMahon.  Casey's challenge was answered with equal fervor with McMahon unleashing her powerful left to end many of the rallies.  The two played to a 12-12 tie before McMahon would pull away, sealing championship point with a left-handed kill from the right corner. 

In the doubles, McMahon and partner Aisling Reilly jumped on their opponents, Casey and Aishling O'Keefe, dominating the first game, 21-5.  In the second, Casey and O'Keefe jelled much better and made a push for a third game, but the firepower of McMahon and Reilly proved to be the difference as they clinched the 21-16 victory. 

In the Men's Open Doubles final, Ireland's Robbie McCarthy and Diarmaid Nash defended their Worlds Crown with a dominating performance over top U.S. team Marcos Chavez and Sean Lenning, 21-7, 21-14.  The Irish team was just too strong and didn't show any weakness as they picked apart the Americans.  

Sunday's finals capped an amazing event in Minnesota.  Special thanks to:  Steve Johnson, John Wilinski, the WPH, the MHSA, Keith Thode, the army of volunteers who were either scheduled or just simply stepped up when and where they saw a need to help.  Thank you to the players who traveled and put on an amazing 10 days of handball.  Full coverage of the event will be featured in the November issue of Handball Magazine. 

See the 2018 World Handball Championships & USHA Four-Wall Nationals draws HERE.

Watch Sunday's Matches Here:  https://youtu.be/jQyKLmQiqaM

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Killian Carroll is a three-time USHA National Champion and first-time World Champion after defeating Martin Mulkerrins 21-16, 21-18.  The finalists and doubles partners put on an amazing show for the gallery through two hard-fought games.  In the first game, Carroll never completely pulled away, leaving the outcome in doubt until securing a five-point win.  Although he looked good to spectators, the defending champion was none too pleased with his play.  

"I was leaving too many setups for Martin," Carroll said.  "That was going to be trouble if it continued."

The intensity picked up for the second game as Mulkerrins made a push to force a tiebreaker.  With the score knotted at 18-18, Carroll pulled away for the final three points. 

"At 18-18, someone had to get a break," Mulkerrins commented.  "And Killian got it."  

The win marked the third consecutive National singles crown for Carroll along with his first World Title.   

Watch the Men's Open Final at 11:00 a.m. Central between Martin Mulkerrins and Killian Carroll here:  https://www.facebook.com/wphlive/videos/1139628956200884/ 

You can watch Saturday's matches LIVE on the following YouTube linkl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YNlumZnX4g

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The buzz surrounding the Men's Open Semifinals reached a fever-pitch on Friday morning.  The day's first contest between Killian Carroll and Robbie McCarthy was a marquee match-up many had waited to see:  Carroll, the two-time defending USHA Nationals champion against a confident McCarthy who looked dominant throughout these World Championships.  

McCarthy jumped all over Carroll to start, building a 8-0 lead before Carroll could even get on the scoreboard.  Carroll would answer with his own 8-1 run, tailing 8-9.  McCarthy seemed unfazed and would pull away and take the first game 21-13. 

In the second game, Carroll dictated the pace and forced the tiebreaker by the identical score, 21-13.  

A coin toss decided who would get the serve in the tiebreaker, and Carroll capitalized on this chance, winning 11-3.  

All the excitement from the first match was soon quelled by the stunning news from the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA):  Paul Brady could not play due to the ankle injury suffered the day before.  There would be no 2013 Des Moines USHA National Finals rematch, as the forfeit would move Martin Mulkerrins into the final.  This was truly a devastating blow to the five-time champion who looked flawless up to Friday's semifinal.  

Killian Carroll and Martin Mulkerrins will play in tomorrow's Men's Open Singles Four-Wall final (11 a.m. Central).  

All top-4 Women's seeds advanced to the semifinals on Friday.  See Saturday's broadcast details for more information.  

You can watch Saturday's matches LIVE on the following YouTube linkl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YNlumZnX4g

You can also watch on Facebook LIVE: www.facebook.com/wphlive 

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Saturday, August 18

11:00 a.m. - Men’s Open Singles Final: Martin Mulkerrins (IRE) vs Killian Carroll (IRE)

12:00 p.m. - Women’s Open Singles Semifinal:  Martina McMahon (IRE) vs Aisling Reilly (North of IRE)

1:00 p.m.  - Women’s Open Singles Semifinal: Catriona Casey (IRE) vs Ciana Ni Churraoin (IRE)

2:00 p.m. - Men’s Doubles Semifinals: Ortiz/Perez vs Nash/McCarthy

3:00 p.m. - Men’s Doubles Semifinals: Mulkerrins/Carroll vs Lenning/Chavez

Watch LIVE matches from the WPH broadcast HERE.

See the day's results and draws HERE.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The quarterfinals of the Men's Open singles brought incredible drama to 2018 World Championships and USHA Four-Wall Nationals.  Team USA's Sean Lenning (pictured stretching for a return) pushed Ireland's Robbie McCarthy to a 19-19 tie in the first game, but the lengthy American ultimately couldn't break through, falling 21-19, 21-14. 

Killian Carroll stopped countryman Diarmaid Nash in their two-game contest, 21-14, 21-8.  Carroll faces McCarthy in Friday's first semifinal. 

Five-time defending champion Paul Brady found himself in an all-out brawl against Mexico's Luis Cordova Jr.  During a an early rally, Brady landed awkwardly and turned his ankle after taking a shot.  Things looked bleak as Brady left the court and nearly exhausted his injury time out.  After a 13-minute break, Brady returned to the court, but it was doubtful if he could continue.  Cordova seized the opportunity and built a small lead before Brady stormed back to steal the game, 21-17.  In the second, Cordova jumped to a 10-0 lead as the match appeared ready to go to a third game.  Brady responded with a 21-5 run to secure his place in the semifinal.  

He'll face Martin Mulkerrins who outlasted Colin Crehan in two tightly contested games, 21-13, 21-17. 

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



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

Schedule for Thursday, August 16th, 2018
(All times CDT)
Men's Quarterfinals 4 Wall Open
10:00am               Martin Mulkerrins (IRE) vs Colin Crehan (IRE)
11:00am               Killian Carroll (IRE) vs Diarmaid Nash (IRE)
12:00pm               Robbie McCarthy (IRE) vs Sean Lenning (USA)
1:00pm                 Luis Cordova (MEX) vs Paul Brady (IRE)
#Bonus Coverage Subject to change after 1pm
2:00pm                 Women's Singles, Men's Open Doubles or Other TBD


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The final day of one-wall competition brought unprecedented drama and incredible play to the courts determining the first 2018 World Championships Open Titles.  Danielle Daskalakis and Martina McMahon produced the first amazing show for handball fans.  McMahon surprised Daskalakis in the first game, 21-15 only to see the American force a tiebreaker with a dramatic 21-18 win in the second.  In the tiebreaker, McMahon played solidly down the stretch to win, 11-4.  

In the Men's Open Wallball Singles final, Conor McElduff was too strong for Vlad Klym, winning the first Men's Open Wallball crown for his country, 21-8, 21-6.  

William Polanco and Joe Kaplan battled for the Small Ball One-Wall Open crown with Polanco winning 21-18, 21-18.  

The best match was saved to the last, featuring USA's Vlad Klym and Igmar McKenzie against Irealnd's top-seeded Paudi Quish and Conor McElduff.  Team Ireland was looking for a clean sweep in the wallball events, but Klym and McKenzie played inspired handball out of the gate, storming to a 21-17 first game win.  In the second, the Irish team, fueled by the cheering gallery, fought off match point to force the tiebreaker, 21-20.  In the tiebreaker, McKenzie and Klym took over, winning the Worlds title, 11-6.    

Watch the WPH Broadcast replay HERE: https://youtu.be/UNXqanw6-GM 

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.

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. -- Monday was the first day of four-wall competition started on Monday, but all eyes were fixed on the Wallball and One-Wall semifinals.  The Men's Open Small Ball One-Wall final proves that 40 is the new 30.  William Polanco will face Joe Kaplan in the title match on Tuesday.  In wallball action, Conor McElduff and Vlad Klym will meet in the Men's Open Singles Wallball final on Tuesday.  McElduff hopes to bring the first Wallball World Title back to Ireland.  

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