The race is on as the Group rounds start to settle after a round of close matches amongst the top teams in Men’s and Women’s. Following two days of pool rounds, the teams have played most in their groups and are settling into our first Australian Open Championships without Covid restrictions in two years. The players are noticeably pumped to be back on the courts and the official relieved all the borders open and the teams here.
The Men’s event is also the Oceania qualifier for the IHF Super Globe (Continental) Men’s Club Championships. Sydney Uni are working hard to back up from their spot last year and their challengers are lining up for the coveted opportunity.
Group 1 in the Men’s has the University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) both sitting on 6 points with 3 games played and UQ ahead on goal difference by 30. Group 2 have all played 2 games at the end of Day two. Sydney Uni (SU) is clear on 4 points from two wins, followed by St Kilda and Canberra both on 2, with St Kilda ahead on goal difference. The Group 2 teams are on the court Saturday morning playing their third matches.
In the women’s event, Sydney University is ahead on 8 points followed by both UTS and Brisbane Handball Club (BHC) on 5, UTS ahead on goal difference.
Teams are tensely waiting to see the semifinals placings as the action proceeds.
Follow the schedule and action in the competition section of our website:
Men – https://handballaustralia.org.au/tournament/2022-australian-handball-club-championships-men
Women – https://handballaustralia.org.au/tournament/2022-australian-handball-club-championships-women
Live streams are on hosts Handball Queensland’ Facebook at
Photos can be found on Handball Queensland’s Facebook (link above), and on Handball Australia’s.
Photo: Bronwyn Thompson