«nov 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930123
45678910
«dec 2017»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
27282930123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
1234567
«jan 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930311234
567891011
«feb 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2930311234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627281234
567891011
«mar 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2627281234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930311
2345678
«apr 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2627282930311
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30123456
«may 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
30123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031123
45678910
«jun 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829301
2345678
«jul 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
2526272829301
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
«aug 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
303112345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
272829303112
3456789
«sep 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
1234567
«oct 2018»
MOTUWETHFRSASU
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930311234
567891011
AlbaniaAndorraArmeniaAustriaAzerbaijanBelgiumBosnia HerzegovinaBelarusBulgariaCroatiaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkSpainEstoniaFaroe IslandsFinlandFranceGreat BritainGeorgiaGermanyGreeceHungaryIrelandIcelandIsraelItalyKosovoLatviaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMoldovaFYR MacedoniaMaltaMontenegroMonacoNetherlandsNorwayPolandPortugalRomaniaRussiaSloveniaSerbiaSwitzerlandSlovakiaSwedenTurkeyUkraine
 
EnglandScotland
Other EHF Sites 

25.11.2015, 12:52
The force awakens
«Go back »Print Version


BLOG: Believe or not but ehfTV commentator Tom O'Brannagain refers to himself as Goldie Locks before the second sequel of the current MOTW trilogy.
 

The force awakens

The first time I ever heard the word trilogy was not in connection to any movie, but rather music.

Yes, the first time I ever heard the word was in relation to Elvis Presley. His “American trilogy” would boom out around the house, starting with “Dixie”, segueing into a Bahamian lullaby and finishing with the rousing “Battle-Hymn of the republic”. If you’ve never listened to it, give it a go, it’ll make the hairs stand on the back of your neck.

It’s like the modern trilogy we’ve come to expect in the movies.

Film 1: Sets the scene and the good guys gain a Pyrrhic victory.
Film 2: The bad guys lay down the law
Film 3: Good guys triumph in the end.

So what’s our trilogy? When we entered this series of four matches in the VELUX EHF Champions League, we focused initially on Group B and Barca and Vardar, but for the next three matches, three teams were in our crosshairs.

Group A’s PSG, THW Kiel and Veszprem made up our trilogy and we were to see each play the other. It promised to be exciting, thrilling and competitive. Three matches between three teams each of which is a heavyweight in the European arena of handball.

What we got in the first leg was disappointing. Much as Hollywood overdoes the trilogies, sometimes going for a fourth and fifth edition with prequels thrown in for good measure, so this game was reminiscent of the “The Phantom Menace”; it promised much, but delivered very little.

In fact the only hair-raising part in the game between PSG and THW was the rendition of “La Marseillaise” at the start of the game, not sung with a sporting fervour, but rather religiously and akin to a hymn being sung in church.

So onto the second part of the trilogy and Veszprem take on PSG. The second part is always the best in a trilogy. It leaves you with a cliff-hanger; it has you on the edge of your seat. Let’s hope! If the first game between these teams in Paris is anything to go by, this game will be exciting, but maybe only in the last ten minutes.

The number three is prevalent in so much of our literature as well, and, if you can suspend disbelief, and if I may refer to myself as Goldie Locks for a moment then these three teams are like the three bears’ porridge. PSG are hot, hot, hot, Kiel are cold and Veszprem are just right.

One player for PSG has three CL titles with three different clubs and one for Veszprem has three titles with one club. The latter (Zeitz) won’t play, but Karabatic will and through his “force” of character this team from Paris is riding roughshod over everyone. That makes them the Imperial Troops, right?

Which makes Serdarusic the emperor? Sabate Obi-wan Kenobi? Which only leaves Gislason as Yoda.

There are no good guys and bad guys, unlike in a film trilogy. But the neutral might argue that Kiel have won enough. Veszprem deserve their time in the sun and Paris; well they are just an assemblage of “inter-galacticos”. You can make up your own mind.

But this trinity of games, this triptych of teams has brought MOTW to a whole new level. It is almost like a triangular tournament within a league. And right now PSG are at the apex.

I’m really looking forward to this one.

The Veszprem arena is always a place that lives up to its potential. Could another home court record fall, as did the one in Kiel?

I can almost hear the crescendo of “American trilogy”

Glory glory hallelujah.


TEXT: Tom O Brannagain, ehfTV commentator
 
Share
CONTACT FORM
x