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The Men’s Challenge Trophy was the European Handball Federations competition for emerging Nations. Having competed with club sides & countries like Greenland in the mid-1990s, Ireland entered this competition for the first time in 1999.
In Ireland’s fifth time entering the competition in 2009, they were placed in a Western Group involving Finland, who were hardly an emerging Nation at Olympic Handball, Malta & Scotland.
Ireland had a disappointing opening loss to Malta, before defeat to eventual Champions Finland. They won their last match 35-29 to finish off bottom for the second Challenge Trophy in a row, although more could have been expected following their showing in 2007.
Finland went on to win the Trophy, 30-28 in the Final against defending Champions Georgia.
Olympic Handball, sometimes called Team Handball or European Handball, is a team sport similar to Indoor Soccer or Futsal, except hands are used rather than feet.
The object of the sport is to pass the ball using only the hands in order to get into a semi-circle around the opposing teams goal, where a shot may be taken. Each score counts as one goal, and the court is the exact same as a Futsal court indeed Futsal was invented as an Indoor version of Soccer, using the Olympic Handball court.
The sport was invented in Germany & Northern Europe at the end of the 19th Century & beginning of the 20th Century.
 European Handball Federation (2018) 2009 Men’s Challenge Trophy Final Round [Internet] Available from: http://www.eurohandball.com/trophy/men/2009/round/1/Final+Round [Accessed 25 October 2018]
 European Handball Federation (2018) 2009 Men’s Challenge Trophy Main Round [Internet] Available from: http://www.eurohandball.com/trophy/men/2009/round/2/Group+Matches [Accessed 25 October 2018]
Thanks to Alan Delaney.
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