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