The 2016 Australian Open National Handball Championships will not quickly be forgotten, as both men’s and women’s titles were decided in exciting finals with the winner securing victory only in the dying minutes.
Victoria defended their hold on the women’s title by beating Queensland in a close match, with the low final score of 19:18 reflective of the outstanding goalkeeping and defence from both teams.
After three days of exciting competition in Sydney, the stage is set for the 2016 Handball Australia Nationals finals with South Australia meeting New South Wales to battle for the men’s title, and Victoria and Queensland playing for the women’s trophy.
Victoria are the only team able to defend their title after they were champions in 2015 alongside the men’s squad from their state, but back and line player Ana Medjed expects that doing so against Queensland will be a challenge:
Australia defeat New Zealand in a two-match series and earn a place at the 2017 Asian Women’s Handball Championship.
The Australia women’s team defeated New Zealand in a two-day qualification series played on October 5 and 6 in Sydney, New South Wales, thereby earning a place at the 2017 Asian Women’s Championship in Korea.
The qualification series represents the first step for teams from the Oceania continent on the road to IHF World Championships since the pathway was reassessed ahead of the 24th IHF Men’s Handball World Championship in Qatar in 2015.
The Australia Women’s team will play New Zealand in a two match series this week to determine the Oceania qualifier for the Asian Championships in March. The games will be held at the newly refurbished Blacktown Leisure Centre in Stanhope Gardens on Wednesday night at 6:30pm (with warm ups form 6:00pm) and again on Thursday at 12:30pm (warming up from noon).