Pinball Summer

Strolling through the 1979 archives for CineMag and came accross Calgary handballer Roland "The Godfather" Nincheri's name.  It appears that he starred in the movie, Pinball Summer.  Nice work Roland!





2016 AB Open Handball Results

The 2016 Alberta Open was a huge success this year, held for the first, and not last, time at the Thorncliffe Courts. There were 36 entries, complete with some brand new divisions.

The Women's division saw 6 new players, playing a round robin for singles, and 3 teams in the doubles. These players got stronger throughout the events, as many of them play predominantly one wall. The competition was fierce, yet fair. It was interesting to see some of the new men referee their wives in the women's division, and luckily there were few controversial calls.

The singles were won bMaria Fitzgeraldand the runner up was Krista Gummer.

The doubles saw Maria and Kelly Kissner win and Kelly and Kaitlin Gummer were the runners up, and third place was Launie Rakochey and Kim Warcop. But all of the women were winners - a photo of 5 of them (missing KimWarcop)


The new men's division have 4 newcomers - Shawn Browne, David Gummer, David Bender and Jud Niven. Their play was equally impressive as their female counterparts, with Shawn emerging as the singles winner. 

The AHA executive had their meeting Friday night, in the bar(where else?) with Rob Rakochey leading the agenda and doing 96% of the talking. Rob was so focussed in the discussion he did not notice that someone placed a half eaten tuna-meatball sub on his shoulder.  The aroma eventually lead to the discovery of the sub.  After consumption of said sub, Rob left the sub bag on his shoulder in hope of a new sub appearing.


The singles were a small but highly skilled group. Rory Rakochey fell to the mix of power and finesse of Samantha England. Slammin Sammy then took a lesson from her old college mate Shane Vitamix Vigen. On the other side of the draw, eastern master Jason Johns gave John Jenkins a run for his money, but came up a few points short. In the final, the Magic Man disappeared, and Shane retained the Alberta Open Title.


IN the Masters division, Russ Glasgow slayed the field, ending the finals over Herb Martin. Some of the other highlights were seen in the consolation side where Bill McGrath won two hard fought 3 match games, first over Carter Rakochey, and then the final over Paul Klotz - the battles were epic.


The Masters Doubles were won my Russ Glasgow and Matt O'Keefe, who filled in for Rob Rakochey when he pulled up lame in the singles allegedly popping some muscle in his rear regions while playing Herb Martin. Herbclaims not to have been near Rob while he incurred that injury, but was seen smuggling a small bat from the courts afterwards. The surprise of this event was the play of Myra Koval and \Carter Rakochey who came in secondplace.

Picture of the participants seen below:




Calgary One Wall Handball

Sunday Nights- 6pm. Come drop in.  


Clear Water Gym (Harvey Hall) 2521 Dieppe Avenue SW


Rob Rakochey – AHA President, World of Warcraft Master and CHC One Wall coordinator


Upcoming Alberta Open Handball Tournament March 18-20, 2016

Calgary will host the tournament this year.  Looking for volunteers to help run the tournament.  Please email to help with the following:

1. Booking Courts

2. Booking a banquet location

3. Helping make and serve food at the courts.  Dave Day can thaw the left over 2013 roast beef for this event.

4. Donate door prizes

5. Entry will be on R2 sports

6. Run the registration desk and courts.


Please help Daryl out.  He is special.


Edmonton Open Results: Good Showing by El Diablo aka Rob Rakochey

Rob Rakochey mopped the floor with the competition in the 2016 Edmonton Open Handball Championships.  He slammed in Master Singles and Doubles with partner (and brother) Daryl Rakochey.  Rob put an old school beat down on Guy Martin in singles.  It was truly a battle of attrition but Rob was able to over power Guy with drive serves, superior retrieving and pungent odor.  Rob's Zumba training regiment paid dividends in the second game as Guy was not able to keep up with the torrent pace set by "El Diablo".  On the doubles side, with a combined weight of more than 350lbs, brothers Rob and Daryl were able to fend off the tandem of Sean and his father "Blood Bath" Bill McGrath.  Sean was able to control the court in the doubles game but part way through game 1 it was apparent that perspiration levels and humidity in the court increased to a level in which no ordinary human could possibly function.  The effect was particularly hard on the McGrath team and they succumbed to the Rakochey pair.  It was also noted that this was the first time the Rakochey brothers had played together in over a decade.  It appears they have buried the proverbial "hatchet" following an incident during a game 13 years ago. Many people in the handball community speculated that they would never play doubles together again.  The separation was likened to the splitting of the wrestling tag team, The Rockers, which featured Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty.  Nice to see that time has healed the emotional hurt that existed between Rob and Daryl.

Rob and his son Jerrome after capturing the 2016 Edmonton Open Masters title