Thrilling matches on display in Quebec at Handball Super Series

November 20, 2017

 

It was an incredible weekend of international high performance handball this past weekend that featured national team players from Canada and the United States. Hosted at École La Magdeleine in La Prairie, Quebec, a suburb 20 minutes south of Montreal, the first leg of the inaugural Super Series was created to give domestic elite handball players better competition.

The opening match on Friday started off with Auburn University based Team USA facing the team from Central Canada, which is a collaborative effort between the Manitoba and Saskatchewan Handball Federations. The experience of the Americans was the difference in this one as USA won by a score of 44-26.

 

The main event of the evening followed right after as the classic Canadian derby saw hosts Quebec face against Alberta. As expected, the game was extremely tight with both teams showcasing their high calibre offensive skills. The game could have gone either way until the last five minutes when Quebec made crucial interceptions to open it up and eventually take a 36-29 win, much to the delight of the home crowd.

Matchday 2 would see Alberta get in the win column in the opening match courtesy of a dominant 36-15 effort against their neighbours from the Prairies. 

Saturday night's finale saw Quebec take on Team USA in a vintage match. Quebec led at halftime 17-14 with Cristian Toth leading the offensive charge. Despite a resilient effort from the Americans, Quebec was able to distance themselves further en route to a 38-31 victory. Toth scored an impressive 11 goals in the match with Etienne Mercier also notching double digits with 10 goals.

 

The final day of action saw an entertaining tilt between Alberta and USA. Former Canadian international team player Tyrell Johnston made an impact with his six goals as did teammate Parker Love with another five. Alberta went on to win 27-22 and moved into second place in the competition.

After two hard-fought victories Quebec did not let up one bit as they faced Central Canada in the last match of the day. Despite another impressive performance by Saskatchewan's 21 year old national team prospect Brandon Chow, it was another young gun in Cedrick Dupéré stealing the show with a remarkable 12 goals to lead Quebec to a 41-14 win.

The three tournament Super Series continues with stops in Alberta and Alabama in 2018 and if the first leg was any indication, handball fans in both those regions will have a lot to look forward to very soon.

 

Top scorers/meilleurs marqueurs

Nom/Name

Équipe/team

Buts/Goals

7-meter

Total

Etienne

Mercier

Québec

20

0

20

Alex

Recker

USA

17

2

19

Darryl

Lakusta

Alberta

15

4

19

Cédrick

Dupéré

USA

17

0

17

Brandon

Chow

Central Canada

15

2

17

Cristian

Toth

Québec

16

1

17

Alexandre

Touzel

Québec

16

0

16

Courtney

Spence

Alberta

15

0

15

Sean

Zimber

USA

10

3

13

Kraig

Fischer

Alberta

12

0

12

Chris

Morgan

USA

12

0

12