Celtique claim inaugural Toronto Cup Championship

Bear Creek Secondary School in Barrie, On. was the place to be on Nov. 23 and 24 as it hosted some of the top handball talent in North America.

Serving at the battleground for the first ever Toronto Cup hosted by Handball Club Toronto (HCT), those in attendance were treated to some fantastic matches of skill, sportsmanship and excitement.

On the men’s side, a thrilling championship match between HCT 1 and Club de Handball Celtique de Montreal decided a winner, and despite a late push from HCT, it was not enough to overcome the strong defense and balanced attack from Celtique. The final score of the match was 23-20.

In the bronze medal match, Westpoint Team Handball showcases their superior athleticism and took control the entire match, winning 34-18 over HCT 2.

Here is a complete breakdown of scores & results:

HCT (1) 26 – HCT (2) 16
Celtique 40 – Westpoint 26
HCT (2) 11 – Celtique 29
HCT (1) 30 – Westpoint 28
Championship: HCT (1) 20 – Celtique 23
3rd place: HCT (2) 18 – Westpoint 34

The top five scores for the tournament on the men’s side were:

1. Kendrick Thomas (Westpoint) 23
2. Aleksa Lukic (HCT 1) 22
3. Zacharie Ouallouche (Celtique) 15
4. Pierre Mainville (Celtique) 13
5. Juan Sotes (HCT 1) 13

On the women’s side, a familiar face reigned supreme. Celtique ran the table going undefeated in the round robin tournament en route to the championship. Their toughest test came at the hands of HCT, who lost by four goals. In second place was HCT with three wins and one loss and in third was Westpoint Black with two wins and two losses.

Here is a complete breakdown of the results from the women’s side:

HCT 15 – Penn State 5
Celtique 16 – Westpoint Black 11
HCT 17 – Westpoint Gold 7
Penn State 11 – Celtique 28
Westpoint Black 27 – Westpoint Gold 10
HCT 11 – Celtique 15
Penn State 4 – Westpoint Black 22
Celtique 31 – Westpoint Gold 12
HCT 19 – Westpoint Black 11
Westpoint Gold 10 – Penn State 13

The top scores on the women’s side included:

1. Agathe Lejeunesse (Celtique) 20
2. Sarah Sodini (HCT) 19
3. Veronica Fong (Celtique) 18
4. Ansley Devenport (Westpoint Black) 16
5. Michelle D’Harcourt (HCT) 16

Special thanks to all the teams travelling and participating in the tournament and embodying the Handball spirit as well as our referees and volunteers. Now with a fantastic tournament in the books, HCT will look to build on the success and grow the Toronto Cup into one of the premier events in the handball community.