San Francisco’s CalHeat had to travel to Puerto Rico in mid-summer to qualify for Saudi Arabia in November. The American club have eliminated local and Mexican competitors in the club team competition and are contesting the Super Globe for the second time, writes the IHF.
The IHF’s investment in a kind of club team World Cup requires world championships to bring together ten participants. North America and the Caribbean had four teams settled into the group stage and the final with a Super Globe ticket in the pot.
San Francisco missed the opportunity last year as Club Ministros triumphed. Determined to get revenge, the California team opened with a 34-22 victory over Caciques Palmer. This was followed by 29-16 against the Mexican Kraken and 33-21 against the host club the Guerrilleros.
Favoritism was heavy heading into the final and CalHeat lived up to expectations with a 33-27 victory over Caciques Palmer after Felix Kerst and Andrew Donlin took command of the attack.
San Francisco is the sixth team up in the Super Globe 2023 roster. SC Magdeburg, Al-Ahly, Al-Najma, San Fernando and Kielce are also in Dammam between November 7-12.
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