Breakthrough: The Handball Podcast

Welcome to Breakthrough: The Handball Podcast, your dedicated source for all things European Handball. Hosted by a rotating cast of players from the past and present, our show delves deep into the heart of the game, offering unique insights and meaningful conversations on the sport at a pivotal moment of its evolution. Each episode, we break down the fundamentals of the game, how to get started, as well as local and global match results. We explore the transformative changes in the sport, from the grass roots to international play as we build towards the Brisbane 2032 Olympics. ”Breakthrough: The Handball Podcast” goes beyond the court, bringing you interviews with key figures in the sport - from coaches to players, officials to fans. We tackle hot topics, celebrate victories, and investigate challenges facing European Handball in Australia and the region today. Whether you’re a seasoned handball enthusiast, a player, or just a curious newcomer, ”Breakthrough: The Handball Podcast” is your go-to place for engaging handball content. Join us as we explore the dynamic world of European Handball, right from the front line. Subscribe to ”Breakthrough: The Handball Podcast” and become part of our handball community today!

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Sunday Aug 27, 2023

In this latest episode, we share the inspiring journey of Bevan Calvert, who started his handball career in Australia and eventually made his way to the international stage. From Australia to Denmark and then onto Germany, Bevan's story will captivate you and show that limitations are merely perceived barriers that can be overcome.
Throughout the episode, we explore the passion and intensity of handball games, comparing it to the electric atmosphere of rugby games in Australia. We delve into the unique culture surrounding handball, where opposing teams can display camaraderie and the fans play an integral role in creating an unforgettable experience. You won't want to miss this fascinating discussion!
The episode also emphasizes the importance of preparation and training, even without direct access to handball facilities. Our guest shares their valuable insights on improving strength, conditioning, and technique, as well as seeking guidance from local handball experts to enhance performance.Furthermore, we touch upon the pathways to a career in handball, highlighting the speaker's personal journey of falling in love with the sport, seeking advanced training opportunities, and ultimately making the leap to Europe. Hear firsthand about the challenges they faced, the support they received, and their incredible experiences playing at an international level.
So, whether you're a die-hard handball fan or new to the sport, this episode promises to leave you feeling inspired and ready to overcome any obstacles in your own journey. Tune in to Season 01 Episode 07 of Breakthrough: The Handball Podcast now available on your favorite podcast platforms.

Tuesday Aug 01, 2023

In this week's exciting episode, your host, Steve Plummer, recaps the thrilling events and highlights from the recent handball tournament in Australia. So, grab your headphones and get ready to relive the action!
Steve pays homage to the incredible St Kilda players, acknowledging their power and skill on the fast break. However, Steve also addresses the impact of certain referee decisions, which disrupted St Kilda's momentum. Despite the challenges, the team managed to catch up and equalize the score by halftime, setting the stage for an intense second half.
The episode shines a spotlight on Ignacio 'Nacho' Olega Bellastar , who truly showcased his talent as the MVP of the tournament. With Nacho leading the way, St Kilda made an impressive comeback in the second half, gradually pulling away from their opponents in the final ten minutes. Daniel Ried, the Australian national team goalkeeper, played an unstoppable role, making 15 saves and proving to be a formidable force.
In an exciting turn of events, the University of Queensland ultimately emerged as the champions, taking the lead and securing victory in the final moments. They will now get the chance to represent Australia and Oceania in the upcoming Superglobe Tournament in Saudi Arabia. Make sure to mark your calendars for this thrilling international event in November!
Moving on from the tournament, Steve shares his experience attending a handball tournament in Canberra. Highlighting the dedication of the Canberra Handball Club committee, Steve expresses his gratitude for the well-organized event. Despite some initial challenges with unsafe courts and injuries, the handball community came together to create a fantastic atmosphere.
Congratulations are in order for Dillon Matadilla, who was crowned the top scorer of the men's tournament, showcasing exceptional skills and talent. Meanwhile, the women's championship saw a spirited and closely contested match between Sydney University and UTs, ultimately resulting in Sydney University's victory. Cho from UTS was recognized as the tournament MVP for her unstoppable performance on the fast break.
Wrapping up the episode, Steve underscores the importance of community and the spirit of handball that brings us all together. As always, he encourages you, our dedicated listeners, to reach out with any questions or feedback you may have.
In the coming weeks, be sure to look out for an upcoming episode featuring Bevin Calvert, an Australian handball legend who has represented our country at the Olympics and played for THW Kiel, one of Europe's premier clubs.
This is an episode you definitely won't want to miss!
And finally, a special mention goes out to Marie for her outstanding work in updating social media, organizing social events, and announcing goals during the final. Your hard work and dedication are greatly appreciated!Once again, we'd like to extend our gratitude to the Canberra Handball Club for hosting an exceptional tournament, and we wish the University of Queensland the best of luck in the upcoming Superglobe Tournament.
Until next time, keep breaking through barriers and reaching new heights in the world of handball!

Sunday Jul 23, 2023

On this episode of Breakthrough: The Handball Podcast, we delve into the world of handball in the Faroe Islands and Australia. Our guest, Ogi Latinovic, shares his experiences playing handball for various teams and representing Australia at the international level. We discuss the development of handball in the Faroe Islands, including the growth of the league, the increasing international influence, and the improved quality of the sport. Ogi also highlights the potential of Australians to excel in handball due to their skills from other contact sports. We explore the unique blend of skills required in handball and how it is a sport for everyone. Ogi also shares his personal anecdotes about playing handball in Australia, the challenges he faced, and his journey to playing for the national team. We touch on the recent handball tournaments, including the Australian Handball Club Championships and the Asian Women's Youth Championships. Finally, we discuss the future of handball, the importance of regular competitive games, and the opportunities for growth, especially with the upcoming Olympics. Tune in to this exciting episode for a comprehensive look at the world of handball.

Monday Jul 03, 2023

In this episode, our hosts, Steve Plummer and Chris Scholl, share an insightful conversation with the remarkable Taip Ramadani. During the episode, Taip shares his observations about the handball culture in Hungary, where players embraced a professional and dedicated approach to training. He highlighted the emphasis on error-free performance, improvement, and recovery.
It was fascinating to hear about the high expectations set by the national team players, creating a culture of hard work and accountability. Taip also reflected on his own handball journey, acknowledging that he lacked certain physical attributes but compensated with sheer determination and hard work.
He recognized the benefits of the vast resources available today, helping athletes improve their technical skills, physical conditioning, and overall game knowledge.
Our guest also took us back in time and shared his experience leading up to the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The excitement and transformation the city underwent were truly inspiring, serving as a driving force for Taip and his team.
The memories of that cherished time brought a smile to our faces. We were also privileged to hear about Taip's early exposure to handball in Kosovo, Yugoslavia, and the profound impact it had on him. Handball's popularity in Kosovo, with its rich history and passionate fanbase, was evident through Taip's engaging storytelling.
Taip's extensive experience as a player and coach in Australia and abroad brings a wealth of knowledge to our handball community.In the world of handball, there is always exciting news to share.
We caught up on the PHL and celebrated the achievements of Sukhvir Singh Brah and Rahul Tk, who won the golden ball and Golden Glove awards respectively in a recent league competition in India. Additionally, we learned about the ongoing Asian women's junior handball championship and the Junior Men's World Championship happening in Greece and Germany.

Sunday Jun 25, 2023

We have an exciting episode for you today, filled with updates and news from the world of handball. In this recording, the speaker highlights the importance of the centre-back position in handball, comparing it to other roles in different sports.
They also discuss recent handball tournaments and leagues, including the Premier Handball League in India and the EHF Champions League. Listeners are invited to join in on the conversation by sharing their opinions and thoughts through Instagram and a form on the website.
Next week's episode will feature an interview with the Australian men's national team coach and the head coach of the Canberra Handball Club, along with news on the Premier Handball League in India and the men's under 20 world champs.
The speaker also talks about the passion and spectacle of Indian Premier Handball League and encourages Australian fans to watch handball on EHF TV. They provide insights into the role of a goalkeeper in handball, comparing their flexibility to the agility of wings.
Thank you for listening to Breakthrough and stay tuned for more exciting updates from the world of handball.

Trailer: The True World Game

Friday Jun 23, 2023

Friday Jun 23, 2023

We are excited to announce the launch of Breakthrough: The Handball podcast. Featuring former teammates and handball enthusiasts, Steve Plummer a passionate Australian Born former player and Chris Scholl, a German handball player & coach turned Australian.
The podcast aims to be the ultimate source of all things handball across Asia, Oceania, and Australia. Each week, we will provide the latest scores, up-to-date news, and exclusive player interviews related to handball. Their mission is to inform, inspire, and involve our listeners in the sport, whether they are new to the game or seasoned fans.
As the Brisbane 2032 Olympics appears on the horizon, they hope that their podcast will encourage and inspire more people to get involved in the fascinating world of handball. Our host, Steve Plumber, who has gained experience playing handball at different levels and in several countries, believes that handball is the world game. Through this podcast, we invite you to join us on a journey to learn and grow with handball.
We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast and be part of our "family." Together, we can catch grow the sport we love. Thank you for your support!
Catch you on the court. See ya!

Wednesday Jun 14, 2023

On this episode of Breakthrough, the Handball Podcast, host Steve Plummer introduces co-host Chris Scholl, a former handball player from Germany who has moved to Australia to help grow the sport as a coach. The hosts also chat about their experiences with handball, with Chris reminiscing on playing with his brother against their dad and Chris discussing the highly structured handball culture in Germany.
They discuss the upcoming road to the national championships in Canberra, which will consist of five women's teams and eight men's teams competing in round-robin tournament.

Tuesday Jun 13, 2023

Steve Plummer introduces Australia's first handball podcast on Breakthrough. He shares his journey from discovering the sport during the Sydney Olympics to playing for national and state teams. Steve encourages listeners to get involved, provides basics and club-finding tips, and discusses handball's global history and popularity. His passion will inspire Australians to join the growing handball community.

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