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Date: 4/25/2018

Shah Alam in Selangor, Malaysia was the setting for 18 men’s youth and junior games last week as the IHF Trophy Asia Zone IB took place in the state capital featuring teams from Indonesia (INA), Thailand (THA), Philippines (PHI) and Singapore (SGP) along with hosts Malaysia (MAS).


In the youth competition, for players born on or after January 1, 2000, Thailand won all of their matches in the group stage (vs PHI 40:22, vs MAS 27:22, vs INA 38:25) before defeating Philippines for the second time, 38:28 in the final.


The junior competition (for those born on or after January 1, 1998) saw teams compete in a round-robin tournament with the team finishing top winning the title. That team was Thailand as they, again, won all of their games (vs SGP 42:18, vs INA 43:21, vs PHI 40:19 and vs MAS 41:21) to take the regional honours.


Both Thailand teams now advance to the IHF Trophy Asia Continental Phase, to be held later in the year.


For Head Coach of the Philippines Handball Federation, Jana Franquelli, the results of their youth team surpassed their pre-tournament expectations and provides hope for future progression.


“We started with a goal of a podium finish, but things went our way and made the finals,” she said to local media after the event. “We had our chances against Thailand in the final but unfortunately fell short.”


“We have proven we can contend with the best of the region and in time I am confident we can eventually bring home the gold,” added Philippines Handball Federation Secretary General Dr Ernesto Jay Adalem.




Youth Competition

1 Thailand

2 Philippines

3 Malaysia

4 Indonesia


Junior Competition

1 Thailand

2 Malaysia

3 Singapore

4 Indonesia

5 Philippines




Tuesday 17 April


Youth Competition

INA vs MAS 17:33

THA vs PHI 40:22


Junior Competition

SGP vs MAS 29:27

PHI vs INA 25:34


Wednesday 18 April


Youth Competition

PHI vs INA 40:25

MAS vs THA 22:27


Junior Competition

MAS vs PHI 39:18

SGP vs THA 18:42


Thursday 19 April


Youth Competition

INA vs THA 25:38

MAS vs PHI 29:30


Junior Competition

THA vs INA 43:21

PHI vs SGP 22:26


Friday 20 April


Youth Competition

Bronze: MAS vs INA 28:15


Junior Competition

THA vs PHI 40:19

INA vs MAS 26:33


Saturday 21 April


Youth Competition

Final: THA vs PHI 38:28


Junior Competition

INA vs SGP 26:24

MAS vs THA 21:41