With the wrap up of the pool rounds and the start of the finals, Day Three at the Australian Handball Club Championships (and Men’s Oceania qualifiers for SuperGlobe) brought some very exciting matches.
The first Men’s match saw UTS line up against St Kilda, who had come within one goal of Sydney Uni the night before. Half-time was 10:7 and St Kilda managed to pull away in the second half but UTS drew them back. One goal down and ten seconds to play, UTS missed their chance to equalise with a penalty, leaving St Kilda one goal ahead at full time.
Queensland’s’ Wolves played a tight game with Deakin playing well also. It was goal for goal often. Three goals were scored in the last minute with Wolves scoring in the last seconds to be one ahead 26:25.
Match three saw both undefeated pool teams Sydney University and West Adelaide play. Sydney Uni kept a respectable lead of four or five for most of the match but West Adelaide kept pushing. With twelve minutes to go Sydney Uni had widened the margin to nine goals and finishing 35:26 (25:12). Tomorrow’s final will see them play again.
The last game today saw the start of the play-offs for the Men’s 5th v 6th match. Olympique de Noumea played their first game against the Wolves playing their second.
In the Women’s matches Melbourne Handball club continued their winning ways against Sydney Uni 21:12 (10:6). The University of Queensland won 30:20 (16:13) against a determined Southside who played some of their best handball of the weekend.
In the last Women’s match of the day, Sydney Uni played a second game today against UTS Women. Half time saw 7:11 in UTS’ favour and a 23:12 finish.
With games so close over the last three days, we’re really looking forward to some exciting finals tomorrow.
For more results see hosts Handball Vic’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/handballvic/?fref=ts
For photos of the action see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.965769926876646.1073741897.463363857117258&type=3