02/2016 – New Zealand Beach Championships (Christchurch)

Congratulations to both the Wellington Parrots men’s and women’s teams for taking out both titles in the 2016 NZ Open Handball Championship at the Elmwood Urban Beach on Saturday Feb 13.

Women Tournament
Final Standings

1st  place – Wellington Parrots
2nd place – Canterbury Braves

Top Four Scorers Women

38 Maddy Hazelton (Wellington)
36 Martina Wengenmeir (Canterbury)
34 Chantel Schwartz (Canterbury)
23 Francesca Graham (Wellington)


Although the Wellington Parrots women’s team beat the Canterbury women’s team in all of their four encounters the young and inexperienced Canterbury team improved considerably match after match and took the final two games to penalty shoot-outs.

Women’s Results

Game 1 Wellington Parrots 2 Canterbury 0
Game 2 Wellington Parrots 2 Canterbury 0
Game 3 Wellington Parrots 2 Canterbury 1
Game 4 Wellington Parrots 2 Canterbury 1

Men’s Tournament
Final Standing

1st place – Wellington Parrots
2nd place – Massey Mustangs
3rd place – Canterbury Braves
4th place – Cashmere High School

Top Four Scorers Men

39 Aaron Huddleston (Wellington)
30 Jimmy Cochrane (Wellington)
28 Sho Hadano (Massey)
26 Scott Balmforth (Massey)


The four mens teams played a round-robin and then play-offs for final positions. Massey went unbeaten throughout the round-robin phase but the Wellington Parrots took revenge on their round-robin defeat by winning the final that went to sudden death penalties after the match was still tied up after the regulation penalty shootout.
A special mention goes to the Cashmere High School team who played outstandingly well to be positioned third after the round robin but who couldn’t quite repeat their round robin win over the Canterbury Braves who won on penalties in the playoff for 3rd/4th position.

Men’s Results

Round Robin

Massey 2 Wellington Parrots 1
Cashmere High School 2 Canterbury Braves 1
Wellington Parrots 2 Cashmere High School 0
Massey 2 Canterbury Braves 0
Massey 2 Cashmere High School 0
Wellington Parrots 2 Canterbury 0


Small Final
Canterbury Braves 2 Cashmere High School 1

Grand Final
Wellington Parrots 2 Massey 1


Thanks on behalf of Canterbury Handball to everyone who made the trip to Christchurch. Good luck to everyone traveling to the Australian Beach Handball Nationals in a couple of weeks!

Nau mai. Haere mai