Brotherhood: An association, society, or community of people linked by a common interest, religion, or trade.

This week we recognize a “brotherhood” of players who have developed a bond spanning over 10 years. They pride themselves on respect for one another and more importantly respect for others. “No one sticks together more than us. We do everything together, as a team, win or lose and that’s what makes us strong!” Unity is a component of our community which is sometimes lacking and strongly encouraged. We could learn a lot from this group which is why today we congratulate our new Players of the Week – Team Long Island!

Joey D’Andrea was introduced to the sport of wallball (handball) in Sayville, Long Island. It was a chance encounter while working with his Dad that he would come across an empty court, grab a ball and become instantly hooked. He trained with his brother Richie and immediately realized his potential in possibly one day competing with the pros. Fast forward 10 years and Joey is responsible for leading his team to victory over Team Florida at the famous Hollywood Beach venue.

Who do you credit for your win over Team Florida this past weekend?

I think it’s pretty obvious that the most celebrated victory was Bruce and Nici over Florida’s strongest team Matt and Kevin. But, more importantly I have to give credit to the people back home who support us as a team and as a community. Jay Camina at A-1 has given us a place to train all winter long at his great indoor facility. China Pizarro has been so consistent with hosting “Monday Night Madness” which gives us an opportunity to train as a group every Monday in tournament formats which helps us prepare for the real competition. It really helped us to step our game up. And we can’t forget Adam Panepta who always supports by making donations and supplying trophies which also motivate us to play harder. That’s what separates us from the rest. We all talk crap to each other during competition and play to win but at the end of the day we’re like family and treat each other with respect. I don’t go to a lot of tournaments but I do support those who organize events for the right reasons which is why we flew all the way to Florida to compete. Solo is doing a great job out there promoting the sport and we wanted to be part of something great. Going forward, we just hope to inspire the next generation to try as hard as we do and to remain humble even during a victory…that, and remaining united.

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Congratulations Team Long Island

Bruce & Nici

Arnold & Herman

Chilly & Rob KO

Cory & Diego

Joey & Casey

Jesus, Doug & Pap

Mike & Adam

Omar & AJ