After a four-year delay, with the last event in 2018, it was great to have junior handball back in action at Queensland’s Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre over the weekend.
The weekend’s series was a best of three matches between NSW and Queensland. Most of the games were very close and competitive with strong physical defense and determined attacking.
In the Junior Women’s category, NSW took the first match and Queensland the second. The third was a cliffhanger draw, meaning the series winners was determined based on goal difference, with Queensland inching ahead.
The U22 Men started similarly. NSW took the first match, Queensland the second and the third Queensland by two goals. With the U18 Men, the more experienced Queenslanders were decisive with the first two games. As NSW found their feet through the series, the third match was a 25:25 draw.
As the most successful State in 2022, Queensland claimed the Stephen Harbort Junior perpetual trophy. With the 2022 IHF Oceania Trophy for Junior and Youth Men expected for later this year, our future is in good hands.
Thank you to hosts Susan Wilson-Gahan and Handball Queensland, the volunteer officials and coaches, our competitors, parents and supporters.
Best of three series results:
• Match 1 QLD v NSW 17:22 (5:11)
• March 2 QLD v NSW 22:15 (11:9)
• Match 3 QLD v NSW 14:14 (9:7)
• Match 1 QLD v NSW 24:27 (10:14)
• Match 1 QLD v NSW 19:18 (10:9)
• Match 1 QLD v NSW 24:22 (15:12)
• Match 1 QLD v NSW 28:17 (13:8)
• Match 1 QLD v NSW 32:22 (15:13)
• Match 1 QLD v NSW 25:25 (8:14)
Group photo courtesy of Chris Seen Photography.