The Throw Effectiveness in The Last Minutes of Handball Close Games and The Factors That Influence It
Keywords:handball, performance analysis, last minutes, turnover
This paper examines the throw effectiveness in the last 10 minutes of close games (50-60th), during the season 2018-2019 of the Greek Men’s Handball Championship “Handball Premier”. The research observed all the matches from the 2018-2019 Greek Men’s Handball championship. 61% of the total attacks ended with a throw with 56% of them ending as a goal, while the rest 39% of the total attacks ended with a turnover or a 2- minute Suspension/Penalty. During the last ten minutes (50-60th), there was both an increase in the shots that came from the 6m area (22% to 26%) and the percentage of suspensions and penalties, while the percentage of the fast breaks declined by 4% (17% to 13%). In conclusion, whereas the total effectiveness of throws increased in the last 10 minutes (50-60th), the number of the fast breaks and the defensive effectiveness decreased resulting in more suspensions for the defensive team.