Both Auckland men’s and women’s teams were the winners at the recent Auckland Open Clubs tournament held earlier this month. IHF has profiled the event and details the results. Read the IHF article on the event here. Well done Auckland Regional Handball for all your hard work in hosting an excellent event!
New Zealand Handball Federation is proud to announce the first ever NZ Junior Regional competition to be held in Wellington at ASB Stadium on 4th, 5th and 6th October 2019.
The tournament will have two age groups. Regions are strongly encouraged to create teams in all categories to make the tournament the best it can possibly be.
Regions can enter teams in the following categories:
Junior Women – Born 1/1/2000 and younger
Youth Women – Born 1/1/2002 and younger
Junior Men – Born 1/1/2000 and younger
Youth Men– Born 1/1/2002 and younger
International Teams will be also invited and able to attend.
Team submissions registering interest/intent to attend the tournament must be received by 31st May 2019. All teams, domestic and international, should register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preliminary registrations will be due by 21st June 2019. Registration and further tournament information will be sent to those registering interest.
NZHF has been focussing on developing youth Handball for some years now. We have strong youth activity and school leagues set up in Wellington, Canterbury and Otago, and over the past year have supported a Youth Development manager working in Auckland to establish handball in several schools. Developing our Youth Handball is essential to developing the sport in NZ and we think the time is right to offer this tournament. We hope all regions will get behind this competition and support the growth of our sport.
The 2019 championships were held on 6/7 April in Christchurch. After a great weekend of close competition the 2019 championship school teams were:
Girls’ champions: Kavanagh College, Dunedin
Boys’ Champions: Cashmere High School, Christchurch
Congratulations to all competitors and to our championship schools.
[For all results, scroll down to the bottom of this item.]
Girls’ Tournament MVP: Josie Perico, Christchurch Combined Schools
Boys’ Tournament MVP: Wayo Whyte, Cashmere High School, Christchurch
Girls’ Best Goalkeeper: Grace Apuwai-Bishop, Kavanagh College, Dunedin
Boys’ Best Goalkeeper: Lewis Chinula, Kavanagh College, Dunedin
Girls’ Top Goal Scorer: Annalise Wilson, Kavanagh College, Dunedin
Boys’ Top Goal Scorer: Wayo Whyte, Cashmere High School, Christchurch
NZ Handball Federation is delighted to announce the players who have been selected to represent New Zealand and Oceania at the IHF Intercontinental Trophy tournament, in April in Kosovo. We congratulate our team and officials and wish them safe travels and all the best for the competition.
Miguel Aizpuru, Wellington
Nathan Balmer, Christchurch
Max Brookes, Wellington
Alex Brown, Christchurch
Edmund Chrisp, Wellington
Riley Flanagan, Christchurch
Lucas Graham-O’Connor, Wellington
Angus Hamilton, Christchurch
Angus Hazelton, Wellington
Stefanos Hills, Wellington
Paul Ireland, Wellington
Issac Jarvis, Wellington
William O’Connor, Wellington
William Smith, Wellington
Coach and Head of Delegation: Tim Rayner, Wellington
Assistant Coach: Jack Gallagher, Wellington
Manager: Tim Banks, Wellington
First trials for the NZ Junior (u19) and Youth (u17) teams will be held on the last weekend of March. Teams selected will compete in the Oceania IHF Trophy competition, expected to be held in New Caledonia in August this year.
Trials are open to all young women handballers regardless of experience, as we are looking to develop players for the future.
Check out the event page on Facebook and come along!
NZ Handball Federation is delighted to announce the following players who have been selected to represent New Zealand at the Oceania Beach Handball Qualifiers to be held in Adelaide this week. We congratulate both our teams and officials and wish them all the best for the competition.
NZ Women’s Team:
Kate Denys (Otago)
Hanne De Ridder (Wellington)
Nore De Ridder (Wellington)
Rowan Moloughney (Wellington)
Nardia Roselli (Sydney)
Erin Roxburgh (Wellington)
Jordan Thorstensen (Wellington)
Hannah Wignall (Wellington)
Tahndae Wyatt (Wellington)
Coach: James Cochrane
NZ Men’s Team:
Tim Banks (Wellington)
Max Brookes (Wellington)
Jeremy Clark (Melbourne)
James Cochrane (Wellington)
Andrew Ellis (Christchurch)
Aaron Huddleston (Wellington)
Tim Rayner (Wellington)
Thomas Roxburgh (Wellington)
Nicholas Shields (Sydney)
Andre Verstappen (Melbourne)
Travelling Reserve: Peter Ellis (Christchurch)
Coach: Ben Dawson (Australia)
Manager: Willy Silcock (Christchurch)
Team Physio: Peter Ellis (Christchurch)
* 5-7 April: National Secondary Schools Nationals, Christchurch*
* 18-19 May: Auckland Open Club Tournament
* 1-2 June: Queenstown Open Club Tournament
* 2-4 August: NZHF National Regional Championships, Christchurch
* 13-15 September: NZHF National Club Championships, Wellington
Details and registration information will be available closer to the tournament dates.
2019 is an IHF Trophy year for Women for both the Junior and Youth age groups. Dates and location of the tournament are not known yet, but we expect the tournament will happen in the second half of 2019 outside of New Zealand.
PLAYERS: If you are interested in trialling, we are looking for expressions of interest from women players:
· Junior (born on or after 1 January 2000)
· Youth (born on or after 1 January 2002)
If you are interested in trialling, please email email@example.com with your full name, email address, phone number and date of birth. First trials are expected to be held in February and depending on the interest from players, there will be a North Island and a South Island trial venue.
COACHES, ASSISTANT COACHES AND MANAGERS: We are seeking these positions for both teams, so please send expressions of interest indicating what position you with to apply for. Send your EOI to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 10th February 2019 providing details of your coaching or management experience.
Further information on IHF Trophy from IHF:
The IHF Trophy was reconfigured from 2018 and now includes two age categories - Junior and Youth. The best teams from both categories will advance to the Continental Phase, expected to be held later this year or early 2020. The winners of the IHF Trophy Intercontinental Junior Championships earn an automatic spot at the 2020 IHF Women’s Junior World Championships.
It is with great sorrow we advise the NZ Handball community of the passing of Shaza Smit, a former NZ Senior Women's team member. Shaza passed away in Australia on 8 January after a brave fight against cancer. All of us at NZ Handball send our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Smit family. Her short 24 years touched the world in such an amazing and positive way. Her wonderful positivity and wicked sense of humour will ensure her star continues to shine in our memories.