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.