Glenelg Beach in South Australia will host 27 teams for the 2017 Australian Open Beach Handball Club Championships next week, between February 23-26.
The East Melbourne Spartans (men) and Sydney's Maroubra Bluebottles (women and mixed) are returning to defend their titles and expecting fierce competition from Australian and New Zealand clubs. There will be 11 teams in the Men's competitions, 11 in the Mixed event and 7 women's teams vying for national honours.
The men’s and women’s handball teams are preparing in the Czech Republic, ahead of the 2016 Prague Open Beach Handball International Tournament. The teams have swapped the Australian winter for sunny Prague and their first overseas training session of their tour today at Landronka Park. Competing in the Prague Open is part of the Teams’ preparation for the 2016 IHF World Beach Handball Championships following on in Budapest.
The Australian Men’s and Women’s teams successfully qualified for the 2016 Beach Handball World Championship, last weekend in Gold Coast, in a two-match play-off with New Zealand.
In the women’s division, the more experienced Australian side proved too strong for the New Zealanders, comfortably winning all four periods in both matches: 24:2 and 20:5 in the first game, and 16:0 and 14:4 in the follow-up match.
High temperatures and the highest tides in recent memory washing away courts and causing the closure of the Gold Coast beaches for four days did nothing to dampen the 2016 Australian Beach Handball Championships. Thirty-one teams from Australia and New Zealand competed in Women’s, Men’s and Mixed categories at Coolangatta Beach on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Australia and New Zealand to play for Oceania Beach Handball titles
Men’s and Women’s teams from New Zealand and Australia will play for the right to represent Oceania in the World Beach Handball Championships, being held in Hungary in July 2016.
The qualification event is held in conjunction with the 2016 Australian Beach Handball Championships at Coolangatta Beach on the Gold Coast between February 24-28.
The schedule for the 2015 Australian Beach Handball Championship has now been published.
Handball SA is will be hosting the annual event at Glenelg Beach, in the City of Holdfast Bay.
The Championship will be held from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 February 2015.
Handball Australia wishes all participants and organisers the best for the tournament.
For more information, head to the offcial championship website.
Both Australian Beach Handball Men's and Women's teams were drawn in Group A for the World Championship to be held in Brazil.
Conducted by Giampiero Masi, Chairman of the Beach Handball Working Group of the International Handball Federation, and Mr Manoel Oliveira, President of the Brazilian Handball Federation, the preliminary round groups of the Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championships in Brazil (22 to 27 July) were drawn on Friday (9 May) in Recife, the hosting city of the World Championships.
Twenty teams from across Australia competed in the Australian Beach Handball Championships at Scarborough beach in Perth, Western Australia (WA) between February 13-16. Categories were Open Men’s, Women’s and Mixed. Preliminary pool rounds were held on the Thursday and Friday, followed by finals on the Saturday and Sunday.