School handball champions…

My school love handball, and they have good reason to. The boys team are pretty awesome and after cruising through their quarter finals match they steamed their way to the final of the national elementary school handball competition. They won on home turf here in Samcheok, defeating an Incheon school team by two goals. The girls team is nothing to be sniffed at either, coming a respectable third and still claiming a trophy. The whole school go mad for it, and you have all the students banging together home made drums made from empty water bottles, with the teachers keeping the students chanting in rhythm and banging their own drums. It’s quite a sight to see.

The game’s pretty good aswell, and can get quite physical. Sin bins, yellow cards, hard hits and several bloody noses are the standard of the day. The magic sponge seems to have been replaced with a magic towel that the assistant coach runs on with everytime one of the kids takes a big hit. When not in service to the players the magic towel is used to dab the sweat from the forehead of the coach, who looked like he was suffering from some jittery nerves. Well done boys and girls!



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