1 week until the 2019 USA Team Handball Open Nationals in Myrtle Beach! Today we'll take a look at the entire Open Division field to see what possible match ups Minnesota may face.
This year Group B will be matched up with Group C in the Quarterfinal Crossovers. That would mean MNTH could see the likes of Houston, Alberts Juniors or Philly. This group could be considered the toughest group in the Open field so it'll be a great challenge for Minnesota to face no matter what club it is. Minnesota played Houston in their final game of the 2018 Michale Lipov Memorial Cup in Chicago this season. Houston won 22-18 that day and it'd be a great grudge match for MNTH.
Be sure to watch out for Alberta Juniors. Even though they are a junior aged team, they are one of the best run club organizations in North America.
The further crossovers rounds have so many possibilities we don't know who we might face against! When looking over the list of teams in the Open Division this year, we see some familiar faces. Miami may be a new cast of players but Minnesota had an epic battle with them back in the 2010 Open Nationals Final where Miami defeated Minnesota by 3 points to take home the gold. Georgia has faced Minnesota a few times back at the 2012 Nationals when Minnesota hosted at the University of Minnesota. Last year at the 2018 Nationals Minnesota faced against both Long Island Tigers and SF Calheat 2, taking 1 of 3 from the team (the one being the 9th place game against SF Calheat 2). There is always the chance Minnesota could face against a new team, such as Boston 2, NYCTH 3, or Philly. Time will tell which scenario comes true.
Who do you think will come out on top this year?
Be sure to stay glued to MNTH's Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter for updates and match scores from MNTH's games! Games will take place Friday, May 24th through Sunday, May 26th.