HCT sends 60+ Athletes to Canadian Nationals

In one of our strongest showings to date, Handball Club Toronto sent over 60 athletes, coaches, representatives and support staff to the Canadian National Championship held in Montreal on May 17-19. It was amazing handball over the three days with some tough competition from across the country. Our club sent two men’s teams, and a women’s team.

Please see some photo highlights below including men’s goalie Isaac Fonsho who was awarded the Most Valuable Goalie (MVG) in the tournament.

Men & Women finish 3rd in Edmonton

Congrats to both Handball Club Toronto Women and Men for finishing 3rd at the Level One Sports Tournament in Edmonton! There were many great matches and tough finish down the stretch. Also huge congrats to Dawn Song for earning the MVP on the women’s side! See some photo highlights below:

HCT Orange and Westpoint Black Win Toronto Cup

Another great weekend of handball is in the books. The 2nd edition of the Toronto Cup was held in Brampton on Nov. 4th and 5th with teams participating from Detroit, Westpoint Military Academy, the Greater Toronto Area.

After an action-packed weekend Westpoint Black (women) and Handball Club Toronto Orange (men) took home the championships in their respective divisions.

On the women’s side, Westpoint went undefeated (4-0) enroute to the championship. In the final game they played Handball Club Toronto Black and won the match 29-20. Alyssa Hershey won Most Valuable Player of the tournament, with Sarah Fazzolari earning Most Valuable Goalie.

Westpoint Black

Here were the final standings:

  1. Westpoint Black 4-0
  2. Handball Club Toronto Black 2-2
  3. Handball Club Toronto Grey 2-2
  4. Westpoint Gold 0-4

Top five goal scorers:

  1. Dawn Song (HCT Black) 28
  2. Alyssa Hershey (WP Black) 26
  3. Phoebe Xu (WP Black) 23
  4. Deb Podema (HCT Grey)
  5. Kim Munro (WP Gold)

On the men’s side, HCT Orange took home the gold, after a hard-fought tournament. After day one, the team beat HCT Grey and Detroit Handball Club, and needed to win both games on Sunday to capture the championship. After a back-and-forth match between Detroit on Sunday, Orange won the match 25-23. In the final gam they were tested by HCT Grey, but managed to remain strong winning 23-18. Omar Yassen (Detroit won Most Valuable Player of the tournament with Aleksandar winning Most Valuable Goalie.

HCT Orange

Final Standings:

  1. Handball Club Toronto Orange 3-1
  2. Detroit Handball Club 2-1-1
  3. Handball Club Toronto Grey 0-1-3

Top five goal scorers:

  1. Omar Yassen (Detroit) 28
  2. Jason Miller (HCT Orange) 25
  3. Hady ElSayed (Detroit) 23
  4. Alexis Renaud (HCT Grey) 21
  5. Osbeth Bravo (HCT Orange) 19

Special thanks to all teams for making the trip and all volunteers, coaches, officials, referees, and supporters for creating a great atmosphere and an amazing weekend of Handball.

HCT Finish 2nd in Montreal

This thanksgiving Handball Club Toronto men’s team had a lot to be thankful for as they finished second at the Celtique Handball Clubs’s annual Thanksgiving Tournament held on Oct. 7 & 8 in Montreal.

Traditionally a very strong tournament, the squad knew they would be tested in each game. With a roster of many new faces, Toronto were ready for the fight. In their first match, they were quickly introduced to that strong level of play, taking on the hosts Celtique. In that first match the boys were humbled losing 20-11. Osbeth Bravo led all HCT scorers netting 5 goals.

Jumping into the second game of the day Toronto daughter redemption against Rosemont Handball. The team led in both halves with strong defensive play and got the history 16-11. Bravo led the team with five goals and Glen Parlay chipped in with three.

Moving onto the following day, the team was looking to get back into the positive, but had a tough Champion Handball Club in their way. However Toronto played another strong game, and tough had onto a narrow 17-15 win.

That put the team at two wins and one loss. This final game would decide if they finish second in the standings. Their final opponent was Celtique 2 featuring many young and athletic players. Despite the back-and-forth tight game, Toronto prevailed with a 18-17 win. There was a balanced attach with three players scoring three goals each including Alexis Renaud, Arvin Tadjaaikish, and Volodymyr Kobezskyi.

That win sealed a silver medal for the team in their first tournament of the new indoor season. Congrats to the team and coaches for a great tournament and we hope to continue that positive momentum throughout the season. 

HCT to host 2nd Toronto Cup on Nov. 4 & 5

We are excited to announce that Handball Club Toronto will host the 2nd edition of the Toronto Cup which will take place on November 4 and 5. The tournament is set to be held in Brampton, Ontario (just a 45 min drive from Toronto) and will host both a men’s and women’s division. If your team is interested in attending or you would like more information please see the tournament breakdown here:

Invitation Letter revision 2

Or contact us for more information!

New Indoor Handball Season starting Sept. 17

Handball is back for another season. Join us on the court and have some fun, play Handball and meet new people. Our club hosts weekly practices and games that are open to everyone, no matter experience level or gender.

If you are interested in learning more about the sport, or playing with us, visit the Join Us page for all the information. Or if you are ready to get on the court register here and follow the payment options:

HCT Hosts Inaugural Beach Handball Tournament

Woodbine Beach in Toronto was treated to a one-of-a-kind event.

On Saturday, August 5 we hosted for first ever Toronto Summer Cup beach handball tournament on the stunning shores of Lake Ontario. It was a beautiful day, with 40+ players competing and 100+ spectators witnessing the sport for the first time.

The tournament had four teams compete including HCT Blue, Black, and Orange as well as the Couche-Tards from Quebec. In the round robin it was close matches throughout with HCT Blue earning the top spot with 2 wins and 1 loss. HCT Black was in second with 2 wins and 1 loss, Couche-Tards were in third with 1 win and 2 losses, and HCT Orange were in forth with 1 win and 2 losses.

In the first semi-final match HCT Blue won the first half, but HCT Orange came back and got the second half victory on a golden goal. In the shootout, it was close with HCT Blue narrowly winning 5-3. In the other semi-final it also went to a shootout with HCT Black and Couche-tards each earning a game victory. In the shootout Couche-Tards showed their athleticism winning the shootout and booking their spot in the final.

HCT Black and Orange competed in the third-place game with HCT Orange earning the bronze medal.

In the final match, HCT Blue put on a clinic executing on both ends of the court. They won the match 2-0 over the Couche-tards to claim the inaugural Summer Cup Championship!

HCT Blue

Special thanks to all the players, referees, volunteers, spectators, and friends for coming out for a fun-filled day! Handball Club Toronto could not have asked for a better inaugural event and look forward to growing the tournament in the future.

Referees Michi Mensing and Danut Dobre

Beach Handball is back!

BEACH HANDBALL IS BACK! Join us this summer and play/learn one of the fastest growing sports. Free for everyone, and open to all skill levels, we will host sessions and scrimmages on various Saturdays throughout the summer – with the first one beginning on June 24.

Here is the full schedule with all practices starting at 10am at Woodbine Beach. Note the full schedule can be found here too:

  • Sat. June 24
  • Sat. July 15
  • Sat. July 22
  • Sat. July 29
  • Sat. Aug. 5 & Sun. Aug. 6 (Toronto Summer Cup Tournament)
  • Sat. Aug. 19
  • Sat. Aug. 26
  • Sat. Sept. 2
  • Sat. Sept. 9

Practices subject to change and weather permitting. Please stay tuned to our social channels for any last second shifts.

HCT Finish 5th at TAHC Championships

Handball Club Toronto’s (HCT) senior men’s team and a couple women (who joined forced with Orlando Handball) took a trip to Holland, Michigan for the annual The American Handball Company’s (TAHC) National championship tournament from June 8 to June 10. It was a great weekend of Handball with many competitive matches. From the start HCT knew they were in a strong pool so would have to bring their “A” game to come out on top.

In the men’s first game they played a reimagined Columbus Armada squad who had a few players joining them from New York Athletic Club. In the match, it was competitive from the hop with both teams trading goals. A mid-game surge put the Armada up over five goals. However, Toronto kept fighting and brought it back to within two goals, but it was too little too late. Armada won the game 27-23. Jason Miller led all HCT scorers with seven goals, and Finn Groenewold chipped in with five.

The second match was a revenge one for the boys, and were up against a Minnesota Handball Team who recently came off a strong win vs Inter Miami. Toronto came our firing and did not let up. From start to finish the men controlled the pace and tempo, eventually coming away with the 25-22 win. Alexis Renaud and Groenewold led all scorers with five a piece.

In their third match and second of the day, it was a big test as the winner would go on to play in the bronze medal game. Toronto faced a familiar foe in Inter Miami, a team they lost to by a couple of goals back in the Westpoint Tournament in April. Once again it was another close game throughout, however Toronto struggled to find the back of the net, eventually losing 25-23. This match saw the most balanced scoring game from Toronto, with six players netting at least three goals including Jose Cascajares, Jake Smith, Glen Panelay, Groenewold, Renaud, and Miller.

With the loss, the boys were qualified for the fifth place game against Detroit Handball Club. This was a redemption game for the squad and they did not fold, earning a comfortable win 26-17 win. Renaud led all scorers in this game with six. Overall it was a strong tournament, and some unlucky pool placement for HCT, but every player on the team scored a goal throughout the tournament and the men finished with two wins and two losses.

However that was not our only success as a club as we had two women join forces with Orlando for the tournament. Paulina Wasko and Josephine Adgn teamed up with another orange club from down south and the entire team put on a dominating performance in all their games to win the women’s bracket of the TAHC Championships.

We also had three men’s players including Miller, Cascajares and Steffen Dube suit up for Canada in the beach tournament where they went undefeated in pool play, and in the championship game, a few costly mistakes cost them the gold. They finished in second in the tournament losing to Pickerington Pandas in the final.

Thanks again to all the players, officials, and coaches for representing the club with pride, strength and class. It has been another great season of Handball and we hope to see you on the beach this summer.

Apply for the HCT Board

We are pleased to share that our 2022-23 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place virtually on June 29 at 7PM. A reminder will go out to our members closer to the event with a zoom link, but please save the date.

The AGM is open to all 2022-23 paying members (half-season or full-season) where we will go over a season recap, financials, future planning, and voting on the applicants for the board position (below) and more. In this AGM there are two positions up for renewal. These include: 

  • General Manager
  • Treasurer 

The option to apply for these positions is open to any member of Handball Club Toronto. In order to apply you need to fill out a form and send it to us ( max ONE WEEK BEFORE the AGM (June 22, 2023). 

If you are interested in applying or have any other questions please reach out to the email above.