2018 is an IHF trophy year for men. This year will provide opportunity for both the Junior and Youth age groups.  Date and location of the tournament are not known yet, but we expect the tournament will happen in June 2018 outside of New Zealand.

PLAYERS:  If you are interested in trialling, we are looking for expressions of interest from male players:

- Junior (born on or after 1 January 1998)
- Youth (born on or after 1 January 2000)

If you are interested in trialling, please contact the Men’s Head Coach, Ludo Galliegue at  First trials are expected to be held in Wellington on 14/15 April.  Players from out of Wellington who cannot attend this trial will be given another opportunity to trial.

COACHES, ASSISTANT COACHES AND MANAGERS: We are seeking official positions for both teams, so please send expressions of interest to

Further information on IHF Trophy from IHF:
The IHF Trophy has been reconfigured for 2018 onwards and now includes two age categories - Junior (born on or after 1 January 1998) and Youth (born on or after 1 January 2000). The best teams from both categories will advance to the Continental Phase, to be held later this year with the winners of the IHF Trophy Intercontinental Junior Championships earning an automatic spot at the 2019 IHF Men’s Junior World Championships in Spain.

In 2019, the IHF Trophy will be for junior and youth women with the same format and qualification potential for the following years’ IHF Junior World Championships (2020).

Lynda Hagen

NZHF Secretary-General


We congratulate the NZ Senior Men’s team on their first Asian Championships campaign.  Team members and officials were:


Tim Banks

Jimmy Cochrane (Co-Captain)

Justin Cope

Aleksa Djorovic

Karl Fitzpatrick (Co-Captain)

Jack Gallagher

Harry Ireland

Luke Ireland

Aston Lang

Willy Makea

Predrag Mijatovic

Luke Naylor

Cassius Papera-Sipeli

Nick Potter

Thomas Roxburgh


Head coach: Ludovic Galliegue

Assistant Coach: Frederic Han

Head of Delegation: Michael Roxburgh


18/01/2018, 17:00  New Zealand vs Qatar  Result: 14-58 (11-27 half time)

19/01/2018, 19:00  New Zealand vs Saudi Arabia  Result: 12-42 (6-20 half time)

20/01/2018, 17:00  New Zealand vs China  Result: 14-31 (7-16 half time)

22/01/2018, 15:00  New Zealand vs Uzbekistan  Result: 19-33 (8-13 half time)

23/01/2018, 15:00  New Zealand vs India  Result: 24-38 (10-17 half time)

26/01/2018, 11:00  New Zealand vs Bangladesh  Result: 24-31 (10-16 half time)



Congratulations to the following players selected to represent New Zealand.  The squads play Australia in Adelaide, February 2018 in the Oceania Championships, with the winner qualifying for the World Beach Handball Championships.


Erin Roxburgh

Daniela Conforte

Francesca Graham

Hanne De Ridder

Jaclyn Parker

Jordan Thorstensen

Langi Winitana

Nore De Ridder

Samantha Gard

Shrena Faitua-lati

Stacey Bascand

Tamara Baker

James Cochrane ( Head Coach )


Tim Rayner

Aaron Huddleston

James Cochrane ( Captain )

Nicholas Shields

Ryan Roselli

Max Brookes

Thomas Roxburgh

Tim Banks

Willy Silcock

Peter Ellis

Coach – Ben Dawson

2018 Tournament Dates Announced

New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships - Wellington 7-8 April

New Zealand Regional Championships - Auckland 5-6 May

South Island Club Championships - Queenstown 2-3 June

New Zealand Club Championships - Wellington 14-16 September

Note there are no Palmerston North or Christchurch tournaments planned at this stage in 2018.

Information on all NZHF Community activity will appear in the calendar under the Events tab on this website. If you have events or information you wish to share on the Events Calendar, or spot errors that need corrected, please contact me on

Lynda Hagen

NZ Mens Team will head to the Asia Handball Championship in 2018

The New Zealand Handball Federation are pleases to announce that the NZ Mens Team have been invited to compete at the Asia Handball Champs in January 2018. This will be held in South Korea from the 18th of January through to the 1st of February 2018. The team will be announced at a further date.

  This is an incredible opportunity for the New Zealand Handball Federation and we thank the AHF and the OCHF for this opportunity. 



2017 New Zealand U17 Men's Beach Handball Team Announced:

The New Zealand Handball Federation are please to announce the U17 Men's Beach Handball Team, this team will represent New Zealand at the IHF U17 Challenge Trophy in the Cook Islands in May 2017.

Head Coach: Tim Rayner

Assistant Coach/ Manager: Aaron Huddleston

2017 Team:

Max Brookes (Scots College)

Joe Poata (Wellington College)

Paul Ireland (St Pats Town)

Johnny English (St Pats Town)

Danyah-Lee Skelton-ChongNee (St Pats Town)

Boston Christie (St Pats Town)

Michan Hunter (Palmerston North Boys High School)

Gus Hamilton (Cashmere High School)

Josh Holland (St Pats Town)

Miguel Aizpuru (St Pats Town)

Australia Wins Oceania Beach Championships, Both Women & Men

Congratulations to both Australian Senior National teams, women and men, who won the Oceania Beach Championships 2016 played at the Gold Coast in Australia. Unlucky for the New Zealand teams who challenged the Australians in both finals.

The NZ men team was well prepared and included some players who already competed at the Oceania Beach Championships in 2012. The team played outstanding well the first game which they won with 2:1 after a nail biting shoot-out.
The second game was even closer, but the Australians had a tiny bit more luck and managed to win both halves and therefore the Oceania Championships

The NZ women team was relatively new to Beach Handball and faced a very experienced Australian side. Lessons are learned and the girls have made huge progress over that weekend and will come back stronger.

Results Men

Game 1 – 26/2/2016 – NZ vs AUS 2:1 (11:12, 24:12, 7:4)
Game 2 – 27/2/2016 – AUS vs NZ 2:0 (18:17, 11:8)

Australia wins 3:2 in total

Results Women

Game 1 – 26/2/2016 – NZ vs AUS 0:2 (2:24, 5:20)
Game 2 – 27/2/2016 – AUS vs NZ 2:0 (16:0, 14:4)

Australia wins 4:0 in total

NZ Beach Men's Team Wins First of Two at Oceania Beach Champs

NZ Mens Beach Handball team beat Australia in a penalty shootout in the best of 2 series World Champs qualifier. Aaron Huddleston was unstoppable from the wings and Thomas Roxburgh impenetrable in the shoot out. Coach Gaston Fuso said “the team was strong in defence and accurate in attack.”
He goes on to say how proud he is to coach the first senior and first men’s team to be victorious over Australia. Game two is Saturday afternoon, with a win sending the boys to Hungary.

Unfortunately for the girls, they were unable to match it with a well drilled Australian Womens team.

Scores will follow

2016 Beach National Teams are Selected

Over the last three months our Beach Handball National Teams have worked hard to prepare for the Oceania Beach Handball Championships in Coolangatta (Gold Coast, Australia).
The tournament is hosted by Handball Australia and takes place the 27th and 28th of February 2016.

Both coaches did had not an easy job selecting players, but at the end they had to make some hard calls. 
Here now the official selection for both teams:

Adam Bradley,
James Cochrane,
Jared Eagle,
Aaron Huddleston,
Willy Makea,
Benjamin Potaka,
Timothy Rayner,
Ryan Roselli,
Thomas Roxburgh,
Nicholas Shields

Emily Ashby,
Janae Cotter,
Monique Dalley,
Samantha Gard,
Francie Graham,
Madeleine Hazelton,
Erin Roxburgh,
Jordan Thorstensen

Congratulations to all selected players and good luck for the tournament.

Announcement - New National Coach for the Senior Men Team

Dear New Zealand Handball community,

Over the last two months the NZHF Executive team underwent a thorough application process to find a new National Coach for our senior men’s team. We had multiple high quality applications and at the end of the recruitment process the successful applicant is Ludovic Galliegue.

All the applicants showed great passion and presented great ideas to apply to the National team in the future, all with ambitious goals in mind. We thank them for their time and effort in applying.

We would like to congratulate Ludovic on his appointment and wish him a successful coaching experience with the NZHF senior men’s national team over his coaching tenure.

Ludovic has brought on board with him a new Assistant Coach, Frederic Han. Congratulations to Frederic on his appointment.

As part of the NZHF’s desire for open and transparent processes, Ludovic temporarily stood down from the NZHF Executive Committee during the application process. With his successful appointment, Ludovic will immediately and permanently step down from his duties in the NZHF Executive team.

Ludovic and Frederic have received a handover from the NZHF and they are now starting their planning processes. Ludovic will be in contact with all existing senior male national team players and as well as with the regions to communicate the next steps.

We are looking forward to see the national team growing further under the leadership of Ludovic and Frederic.

The NZHF Executive Committee