The 2018 Australian Beach Handball Open Club Championship was held over the weekend with great success. This year’s event in Glenelg, South Australia saw 33 teams from Australia, New Zealand and American Samoa take the sand to contest the mixed, women’s and men’s club divisions. The competition also served as qualification for the 2018 IHF Beach Handball World Championship, with Australia securing both men’s and women’s berths.
Beach handball is a relatively new discipline of the sport and even newer in Australia. Our teams are progressively building their skills internationally. Prior to this event the women had placed 8th and the guys 11th. So 6th place is a positive outcome, though initially bittersweet for the teams who both faced nations they’d beaten earlier in the event in the 5-6 place playoff with different outcomes this time.
The Australian Men’s and Women’s teams participated as the Oceania representatives at The World Games in Poland between July 26-29.
Australia wins friendlies in Women's and Men's events at the 2017 Australian Open Beach Handball Club Championships on Saturday. The Women played first today with the more experienced Australia taking both sets 2:0 comfortably. The New Zealand Men's squad pushed Australia more tightly, forcing Australia to score in the final seconds of the first set to avoid Golden Goal.
The Australian squad, including a number of debut players, took the second set from our TransTasman competitors, making the match 2:0.
After an exciting 2 days play at the 2017 Australian Beach Handball Club Championships in Adelaide the preliminary rounds are complete and we’re heading into the semis and finals.
Defending Champions East Melbourne Spartans are on top of the Men’s A pool with ten set wins, and competitors Wellington Parrots topping the Men’s Pool B on 8 sets. In the Women’s event Brisbane’s RUOK have 12 set wins followed by The Beachsters on 10 and the Maroubra Bluebottles on 9.
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.