Women's results
1st Wellington Black
2nd Wellington Yellow
3rd East Coast Stars
4th Otago Handlanders

Final scores:
1ST/2ND: Wellington Black 22 Wellington Yellow 12
3RD/4TH: East Coast Stars 19 Otago Handlanders 14

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Men's results
1st Wellington Black
2nd The Canterbury Chump Squad
3rd Wellington Yellow
4th Otago Taiaroa

Final scores:
1ST/2ND: Wellington Black 35 The Canterbury Chump Squad 21
3RD/4TH: Wellington Yellow 19 Otago Taiaroa 14

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Women's MVP - Ailish Akavi, Wellington Black
Men's MVP - Paul Ireland, Wellington Black
Women's Top Goalscorer - Brenna Akavi, Wellington Black
Men's Top Goalscorer - Angus Hamilton, The Canterbury Chump Squad
Men's Goalkeeper - Alex Brown, The Canterbury Chump Squad
Women's Goalkeeper - Chrissy Mulitalo, East Coast Stars
Women's Sportsmanship - Annalise Wilson, Otago Handlanders
Men's Sportsmanship - Daniel Lee, Otago Taiaroa

Congratulations to all our future stars!!

Women's All Stars
GK Chrissy Mulitalo; Michelle Fleischer
P Ele Paasi; Sophie Strathern
LW Brenna Akavi; Aneko Winitana
LB Tahndae Wyatt; Ailish Akavi
C Aneko Winitana; Emily Kerr-Bell
RB Ida Petersen; Paris Tuimaseve-Fox
RW Aneko Winitana; Lushan Wyatt

Men's All Stars
GK Alex Brown; Laurin Shoppe
P Wayo White; William Smith
LW Riley Flanagen; Pato Felipe
LB Paul Ireland; Lachlan Colquhon
C Angus Hamilton; Lucas Graham O'Connor
RB Max Brookes; Will O'Connor
RW Miguel Aizpuru; Jack Shields

THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT - Inaugural NZHF U19 Tournament showcases great skills

NZHF’s first combined junior/youth tournament was held last weekend with regional teams from throughout New Zealand and a women’s team from Australia competing. There were some amazing handball skills on display which means the future is looking very promising for NZ Handball! A highlight of the tournament was the significant growth in handball in the South Island with teams from Canterbury and Otago regions showing fantastic development. However, it was the Wellington Region that came out on top, with both their top teams winning the men’s and women’s championships.

This tournament is so important for the development of Handball in New Zealand and it was great to see the investment NZHF has been making in youth development paying off and New Zealand finally having enough teams to hold a tournament for this age group. NZ Head of Coaching and Referees, Dr Eoin Murray, also found time to run mentoring sessions for referees at the tournament, despite coaching two teams.

Massive thanks to all the participants, coaches, managers, referees, volunteers, families and supporters for making our inaugural U19 tournament a success. It was great to have participation from the Australian young women - thanks for coming over!

A special thanks goes to our tournament director - Frank Stoltenberg - amazing effort, not only with the tournament organisation but also with the social functions that followed.

Thanks too go out to all our NZHF volunteers, and representatives of our Senior Men’s and Women’s teams who were present to support the young players. It was great to see our handball community respond to the call for help and see all working together to support development of NZ Handball.

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Congratulations to the following players named in the All Star tournament teams after the NZHF National Club tournament held in Wellington last weekend.

2019 Women’s All Star Team:

GKs: Abbey L'Estrange and Valini Vaka

Pivots: Tiffany Banks and Rowan Moloughney

Left Wings: Langi Winitana and Noemie Petit

Left Backs: Bella Anastasiou and Ailish Akavi

Centres: Bella Anastasiou and Maddy Hazleton

Right Backs: Inga Zuzeviciute and Jaclyn Parker

Right Wings: Alex Mair and Melissa Vachod

2019 Men’s All Star Team:

GKs: Yoshihito Watanabe and Justin Cope

Pivots: Jack Gallagher and Nicholas Shields

Left Wings: Alex Bickers and Jono Rayner

Left Backs: Paul Ireland and Magnus Humpfer

Centres: James Cochrane and Thomas Schmider

Right Backs: Luke Ireland and Nicholas Potter

Right Wings: Miguel Aizpuru and Phil Ellis


Last weekend saw nine men’s teams and eight women’s team compete at the annual National Club tournament, held in Wellington.

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All games were closely fought and none more so than the men’s final which went into overtime after both teams were tied at full time. We congratulate the winners and players with individual success at the tournament. Photos and details follow below.

We also thank the Wellington City Council for its generous grant towards hire of the court facilities. Also a huge thank you goes to Jun Tanlayco for his amazing support of NZ Handball through his photographic efforts!


Women’s final: Austago (a composite team from Otago University Handball Club and Australian Handball players) took out the final in a closely fought game against the Auckland Women’s team. Final score 27:23.

Men’s final: Two top Wellington clubs met in the final. Vikings HC won in a nail biter by one goal in extra time over last year’s champions, Northern Aguilas HC. Final score 28:27.

Individal awards:

  • MVP Women: Bella Anastasiou, Hunters HC

  • MVP Men: Paul Ireland, Vikings HC

  • Top Goal Scorer Women: Jaclyn Parker, Canterbury Quakes HC

  • Top Goal Scorer Men: Paul Ireland, Foxton Fruit Flies HC

  • Top Goalkeeper Women: Abbey L’Estrange, VUW/Spartanz HC

  • Top Goalkeeper Men: Yoshihito Watanabe, Northern Aguilas

  • Sportsmanship Award for women: Cook Islands Women’s team

  • Sportsmanship Award for men: James Cochrane, Northern Aguilas

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Registrations are open for the U19 Champs for both men and women to be held in Wellington at theASB Sports Centre 4-6 October 2019. Register before 28 August 2019 and pay the registration fee by 6 September. Details are on the registration form. Use this link to register:

Teams from Oceania Region are welcome to enter.

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Congratulations to our Women's Junior and Youth teams, coaches and officials! We are very proud of your achievements at the Oceania IHF Trophy where you both took out a medal - 3rd place for our Junior team and 2nd place for our Youth team.
Congratulations to New Caledonia who took out the championship in both the Junior and Youth competitions.

Congratulations too, to all the other teams for the quality handball played and a big thank you to our Handball friends in New Caledonia for hosting such a successful tournament.

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National coaching courses will start in August and continue throughout the remainder of this year.

The courses will be run by NZHF head of coaching and IHF A-licence coach Dr Eoin Murray. Thanks to New Zealand Olympic Committee National Activities Program funding the course will be FREE for anyone registered to attend. We look forward to a great turn out for these.

The first course will be a two day coaching course aimed at club and school coaches of beginner-intermediate players in Christchurch on the 24/25th of August (9am-3pm both days with South Island Shield matches taking place on Saturday directly after the course). The course will be a mix of classroom and hall based sessions and will form the basis of a new NZHF coaching structure leading to internationally recognised coaching qualifications. Similar courses will be run in Wellington and Auckland before the end of the year.

To register please see the link below or email…/1enzHSbUon6uG678JpeqiFcQV5kv…/edit

Other shorter 4 hour courses aimed at coaches of beginners (such as high school teams or PE in schools) with little prior knowledge of handball will take place around the country. If you are interested in a similar course in your area please contact