Queensland take the Women’s Australian Nationals title from the Victorians and Victoria decisively retain the Men’s category in Melbourne.
In a very close game Queensland claimed the Women’s title from defending champions Victoria at the Australian Nationals Handball Championships in a very close Gold Medal match.
The score was level with 3 minutes remaining after the lead having changed several times during the match. Queensland fought back late in the second half and held on to their 2 goal lead which was challenged by Victoria right until the siren, ending with Queensland up 22:20. NSW rounded out the Women’s medals with the Bronze.
The Victorian Men decisively defend their 2022 title and hold as the 2023 championship over South Australia 41:18. Narrowly missing the final, Canberra took the Men’s Bronze over the younger NSW team to be 37:21.
Many of the playing round matches across the four days were tight, keeping it very exciting event throughout.
Five states and territories battled for the title. With Junior Women’s team returning from the Oceania Trophy and Queensland University’s Men at the IHF Super Globe, it was a slightly smaller event than usual with some states as development teams. The players all stepped up showing Australia’s broadening depth and the future in good hands.
Canberra’s Sasa Sestic was the Men’s highest scorer and the MVP.
Queensland’s Shoko Tanikawa was the Women’s Highest Scorer and MVP. Queensland’s Jemima Harbort and Victoria’s Barbara Mazzilli Cirauto shared the Women’s Best Goalkeeper award.
The November 2-5 event was hosted by Handball Vic for the second year at the Melbourne Sports Centres – Parkville. Handball Vic thanks their volunteers, the Victorian State Government, MS Protective Services ad Gidda Insurance Brokers.
Picture credits: Chris Seen Photography