Finals day at NZ Club Champs

Sunday’s is Finals day …

Coming into Finals day, the Vikings men started off with the semi-final game versus Auckland. Both teams knowing each other well from previous years and expected a close match.
But today, the Vikings were on fire – probably the best game they played all season. The team started off very concentrated and the defence and Jimmy in goal built a concrete wall. The team built a quick lead and after 20 minutes was up with 13:3. Auckland had no answer for the Vikings defence and on the other side had also no answer for the Vikings attack.
In the end, the scoreboard showed a 42:24 Vikings win.

As the Northern Aguilas won their semifinal against the Otago team, the final was again between the Vikings and the Aguilas. The fifth time this season that both teams square up against each other.

For now, let’s talk about the Vikings women bronze match versus the Hutt Valley Baby Hunters. The game was close through all game and very questionable referee decisions had probably more impact on the outcome of that game as they should. But on the other side, that’s Handball. After all Referees are also just humans who are not perfect.
A tough 31:32 loss for the Vikings women team who would have had deserved the Bronze medal after peaking at the right time of the year at the Nationals.

Now let’s go straight to the Final – and what a final it was.
Both teams know each other exceptionally well and given the Vikings win in the Wellington League final two weeks ago, the Aguilas were keen on revenge.
The game was at all-times close, no team could really pull away and each centimetre on the court was hard fought for. At halftime the scoreboard showd a one goal lead (11:12) for the Aguilas, same as in the final two weeks ago.
The second half started like the first one finished with both teams battling each other possession by possession. The crowd was sitting on the edge of their seats and the atmosphere was loaded. Great goalkeeper saves, great individual plays were the flavour of the second half.
With 10 minutes to go the Vikings put themselves in the driver seat building a small 3 goal lead (23:20). At this stage it felt the Vikings started controlling the game but – you guessed it – the Aguilas came back and after a couple of 2 minutes suspensions the Aguilas equalised first with 60 seconds to go, and a concentration laps of the Vikings let to a turnover, a fastbreak and suddenly teh Aguilas were 23:24 up with barely 20 seconds to play. The crowd was on their feet and the Vikings had one last attack to strike back.
And boy, a miracle shot from Nico over Yoshi marked the 24:24 equalizer with 3 seconds to play. The crowd gone wild – what a game.
Now two times 5 minutes extra time and if still a draw, a penalty shootout was looming over both teams.
At this stage, you could see that both teams had played their 4th game over the last 48 hours and both teams were ready to give it all to make one more big push for the win.
The first half of overtime was almost like the calm before the storm and after 5 minutes it was 26:26.
Now, 5 minutes to go, both teams knew it was now the time to go big or go home. With 3 minutes left on the clock, Banksy scored with one of his trademark shots and gave the Aguilas the 26:27 lead.
The following attack led to another exceptional save by Yoshi but also to a penalty for the Vikings and with 1:45 mins to play the game was on the line.
And then calm and collected, Daniel made the penalty – 27:27.
Now, the Aguilas back in attack but with 60 seconds to go they turn the ball over and Nico’s quick play ahead through the hands of two Aguilas players led to a fastbreak goal by Bickie, putting the Vikings 28:27 up.
Now 40 seconds to go and a last time out for the Aguilas to talk it through.
But it was too late, the Vikings defended well and the Aguilas were unable to create one more last chance.

The Vikings are the 2019 New Zealand Club Champion!

Vikings HC - Winner photo
Back row: Miguel Aizpuru (13), Nico Piveteau (2), Harry Ireland (5), Bjoern Bengelsdorf (23), Liam Madigan (11), Paul Ireland (8), Jay Macdonald (9), Daniel Triebsch (6)
Front row: Nino DeGregorio (16), Laurin Schoppe (1), James Weston (18), Samuel Chrisp (21), Miguel Bickers (17)
Missing: James Nixon (12), Patrick Davy (15)

(photo credits @Jun Tanlayco)

What a great game to watch and worthy of a final. Both teams have deserved the win, but only one team could win. On this day and two weeks ago, we were the lucky ones. But over the last two years often enough the Aguilas were the lucky ones. Still, New Zealand Handball wins anyway, a great game to promote this awesome sport.

Also newsworthy – the Otago women team (Austago Shags) won the women final against Auckland with 27:23.
As well a very close game and a well-deserved winner.
Congratulations to Otago Handball.

(photo credits @Jun Tanlayco)

Men – stats:
Semifinal – Northern Aguilas HC vs Otago Shags HC 29:26
Yoshi W; James P (7), Nick S (6), Tim B (6), Tim R (4), James C (3), Max B (2), Cameron R (1), William S, Zac J, Alex J, Tyler W, Jono R, Pavlo P
OTA: Alex B; Magnus H (5), Aston L (5), Eoin M (4), Bernhard A (3), Ludovic G (2), Riley F (2), Akashdeep S B (2), Gus H (2), Mitchell L, Joe M, Jackson M

Semifinal – Vikings HC vs Auckland HC 42:24
James N, James W, Laurin S; Daniel T (9), Paul I (9), Miguel A (7), Alex B (4), Liam M (4), Nico P (4), Bjoern B (2), Nino D (1)< Jay M (1), Harry I (1), Sam C
AKL: Alex W, Alfonso M; Janneg S (8), Nikola I (6), Tim S (2), Roland v.d.T (2), Matias L (1), Gaston F (1), Toby S (1), Keller H (1), Thomas S (1), Ahmed M (1), Nayu K, Qassim H, Henri P. Pepe R

Place 7-9 – Spartanz HC vs Victoria University HC 27:23
Rhys M; Nick P (7), Scott B (6), Aidan C (4), Willy M (3), Te Hoera S (3), Kishore B (2), Frank G (1), Jordan G (1), Ezra S, Hayden O
VUW: Matt C (4); Felipe R (8) Freddy G (3), Sean F (3), Syloun P (2), Luke N (2), Santiago L (1), Liam A, Patrick W, Maxim C, Chris R, Fabio S

Place 5/6 – Canterbury Quakes HC vs Fruitflies HC 27:20
Justin C; Phil E (6), Peter E (6), Petr S (4), Ondreij D (4), Drew M (3), Willy S (2), Axel M (1), Nicolas G (1), James W, Hayden J, Sergiu P, Paul P, Julien P
FF: Stefanos H; Luke I (8), Michael F (2), James B (2), Josh B (2) Brendon C (2), Edmund C (1), Jack G (1), Jared P (1), Raphael C, Lachy H, Adam B

Place 7-9 – Cook Islands vs Spartanz HC 18:21
Ryan N (5), Jesse T (2), Logan A-W (2), Kavius A (2), Peteru P (2), Paul v.E (1), Peter J (1), Henry K (1), Willynn K (1), Dyrell A (1), Lucky N, Nathaniel P, Samuel P, Thomas T, Dominique K
SPA: Rhys M; Willy M (9), Scott B (4), Nick P (3), Aidan C (2), Frederic H (2), Te Hoera S (1), Ezra S, Hayden O, Frank G

Place 3/4 – Otago Shags HC vs Auckland HC 35:33
Alex B; Aston L (7), Riley F (6), Magnus H (5), Caedyn W (4), Bernhard A (3), Joe M (3), Gus H (2), Mitchell L (2), Eoin M (1), Jackson M (1), Adkashdeep S B (1), Ludovic G
AKL: Alex W, Alfonso M; Thomas S (10), Nikola I (5), Janneg S (3), Roland v.d.T (3), Pepe R (3), Gaston F (3), Matias L (2), Toby S (2), Qassim H (1), Tim S (1), Henri P, Keller H, Nayu K

Final – Vikings HC vs Northern Aguilas HC 28:27 (11:12, 24:24. 26:26)
James N, James W, Laurin S; Alex B (8), Paul I (5), Daniel T (5), Liam M (3), Nico P (2), Bjoern B (2), Miguel A (2), Harry I (1), Jay M, Nino D, Sam C
AGU: Yoshi W; Jono R (7), Zac J (5), Nick S (5), Tim B (5), Tim R (2), Max B (2), William S (1), James C, Tyler W, Alex J, Pavlo P

Women – stats
Place 7/8 – Victoria University HC / Spartanz HC vs Cook Islands 23:6
Abbey L, Jordan T; Sam G (8), Rowan M (7), Valerie C (3), Meli P (2), Paola N (2), Laura M (1), Frances B, Antonella C, Katrhleen G, Erin R-M, Vanessa M, Lottie J
CI: Dalen P (3), Shannon v.E (1), Parerima W-C (1), Tekitha T-I (1), Tiare K, Maureen K, Malee T, Rangina A, Kura S, Maxine M, Quila H, Dallas T

Place 5/6 – Canterbury Quakes HC vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC 23:31
Tamara S; Jaclyn P (7), Florence G (6), Melissa V (4), Erika M (3), Noemie P (1), Tiffany B (1), Bec W (1), Mariel A, Danielle M
HVH: Andrea M; Hope H (7), Tahndae W (6), Ailish A (4), La W (4), Taylor G (4), Te Hau W (3), Georgia B (1), Bridget K (1), Acacia S (1), Bella A, Meghan W

Place 3/4 – Vikings HC vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC Juniors 31:32
Kristina H, Bridget I (8), Inga Z (7), Maddy H (6), Nele G (5), Ida P (4), Ella A (1), Charline K, Paris T-F, Maya M, Georgia M, Izzah S, Ruby O, Rosa C, Laura K
HVH-JNR: Valini V, Faith H; Ele P (7), Waimarie W (5), Kiara D (5), Aneko W (4), Brenna A (3), Mercy-Lea T-L (3), Metiria D (2), Leonie P (1), Hine L (1), Phoenix P (1), Charise P, Tawhirikura D

Final – Auckland HC vs Austago Shags HC 23:27
Chrissy M; Maëlys B (6, Sarah M (5), Leonie J (3), Helen D (3), Giuliana K (3), Milena J (2), Agnes K (1), Jule S, Asta M K, Angela L
OTA: Chi N; Alex M (7), Jessica F (7), Tess F (4), Laura P (3), Jessie W (2), Briony S (1), Kate D (1), Berna C (1), Mathilde C (1), Elizabeth T, Cassandra D, Shannen S-S

NZ Club Champs 2019
2019 NZHF Club Championships – Overview

2nd day at NZ Club Champs

On day 2 of the Nationals, the tournament went into full flight and saw a total of 18 games played across three courts. Most of the results were close which shows that the quality and depth of the tournament has increased and clearly the audience loved it.

The Vikings women faced on day 2 at first the Austago Shags, The Otago University team with some guest players from Australia. The Vikings started strong and went quickly to a 4:1 lead and until the 35th minutes, this lead kept roughly the same (15:12). Then, the Handball gods left the Vikings and over the next 15 minutes we could not put the ball in the back of the net and instead tested the durability of the goalposts. In the meantime, the opposition scored goal by goal and was suddenly 15:20 in the lead. At the end, the scoreboard showed 21:26. A well-deserved win for the Otago team but the Vikings women felt like there was more in it for them.
In the second game of the day, the Vikings women faced the Cook Islands team. Given all the other results, we couldn’t qualify for the final any more but with a 21 goal win, we had the chance to secure a place in the small final. The game started as we hoped and we were building a quick lead (6:0) in the first 10 minutes. Further along, we increased the lead (10:2, 16:4, 20:5) but we also left a lot of chances unused and as you could have known, it came down to the wire. With 5 seconds to go and a 20 goal lead (30:10), we had a penalty and yes we scored – 31:10, the exact goal difference we needed to advance into the Bronze match on Sunday.

The Vikings men team faced with the first game of the day, the Victoria University team (VUW). A known oppposition from the Wellington League and we were clearly the favourite. Given yesterday’s draw it was clear that the pool win came down to who will win with the largest goal difference against VUW, The Otago team or us.
The Vikings team started strong (6:2) but then missed out on a few too many opportunities and VUW could stay in the game until the 25th Minute (12:11). With the last sprint before halftime, the Vikings had built a 3 point goal difference (15:12).
In the second half, we knew we had to push the tempo and minimise our defensive lapses. And yes we did, our defence forced more and more turnovers and our efficiency in attack raised as well. Still, we let many scoring opportunities out and at the end, we had a 39:28 win on our site. But would that be enough?
Yes, it was, the first surprise, the Otago team won only by 7 goals against VUW (Thank you VUW!!!!!!) and second surprise of the day, the Spartanz team beat the Fruitflies. With that constellation, the Vikings were ranked 2nd best team at the end of the pool round and therefore directly qualified for Sunday’s semifinals.
After the Quarterfinals (Auckland won against Canterbury and the Otago team won against the Fruitflies), the semifinals in the men competition are Vikings vs Auckland and Northern Aguilas vs Otago.

Let’s bring on Sunday, it’s finals day!!!!

Men – results – day 2
Pool A – Vikings HC vs Victoria University HC 39:28 (18:16)
Laurin S, James W, James N; Miguel A (8), Paul I (6), Nico P (5), Daniel T (4), Liam M (4), Bjoern B (4), Nino D (2), Alex B (2), Patrick D (2), Jay M (1), Harry I (1), Sam C
VUW: Jerome L; Felipe R (8), Luke N (6), Fabia S (3), Syloun P (3), Matt C (2), Milan C (2), Chris R (1), Sean F (1), Liam A (1), Patrick W (1)< Santiago L, Freddy G, Matt S, Maxime C

Pool B – Auckland HC vs Fruitflies HC 25:26
Alex W, Alfonso M; Janneg S (11), Thomas S (3), Keller H (3), Nikola I (2), Matias L (2), Toby S (1), Henri P (1), Qassim H (1), Ahmed M (1), Nayu K, Gaston F, Tim S, Roland v.d.T, Pepe R
FF: Stefanos H, Cassius P-L; Luke I (12), Adam B (3), Max N (3), Raphael C (2), Michael F (2), Josh B (2), Brendan C (1), Lachy H (1), Edmund C, Jack G, Francis V

Pool C – Northern Aguilas HC vs Cook Islands HC 28:14
Yoshi W; Tim R (6), Nick S (6), James P (5), William S (4), Max B (4), Pavlo P (2), James C (1), Zac J, Tyler W, Jono R, Cameron R, Tim B
CI: Dyrell A (4), Paul v.E (2), Willynn K (2), Henry K (1), Jesse T (1), Kavius A (1), Peteru P (1), Logan A-W (1), Dominique K (1), Peter T-J, Ryan N, Nathaniel P, Thomas TSamuel P

Pool A – Otago Shags HC vs Victoria University HC 33:26
Alex B; Riley F (5), Gus H (5), Caedyn W (4), Bernhard A (4), Magnus H (4), Ludovic G (3), Mitchell L (2), Joe M (2), Akashdeep S B (2), Eoin M (1), Aston L (1), Jackson M
VUW: Jerome L; Felipe R (11), Luke N (6), Freddy G (3), Matt S (2), Matt C (1), Liam A (1), Seah F (1), Syloun P (1), Milan C , Santiago L, Maxime C, Chris R, Fabio S

Pool B – Spartanz HC vs Fruitflies HC 31:26
Rhys M; Nick P (7), Jordan G (7), Aidan C (6), Antoine D (5), Kishore B (3), Scott B (1), Frederic H (1), Ezra S (1), Willy M, Te Hoera S, Frank G, Hayden O
FF: Stefanos H, Cassius P-L; Luke I (7), Lachy H (6), Brendan C (4), Adam B (4), Edmund C (2), Jack G (2), Josh B (1), Raphael C, Michael F, Francis V, James B

Pool C – Canterbury Quakes HC vs Cook Islands 20:13
Justin C; Drew M (5), Phil E (3), Axel M (3), Julien P (3), Peter E (2), Hayden J (2), Willy S (1), James W (1), Ondreij D, Paul P, Nicolas G, Sergiu P, Petr S
CI: Lucky N (3), Willynn K (2), Thomas T (2), Paul v.E (1), Ryan N (1), Jesse T (1), Dyrell A (1), Kavius A (1), Nathaniel P (1), Henry K, Peter J, Samuel P, Peteru P, Logan A-W, Dominique K

Quarterfinal – Auckland HC vs Canterbury Quakes HC 23:16
Alex W, Alfonso M; Thomas S (4), Tim S (3), Matias L (3), Ahmed M (2), Janneg S (2), Toby S (2), Gaston F (2), Nikola I (2), Qassim H (1), Keller H (1), Henri P (1), Nayu K, Roland v.d.T, Pepe R
CAN: Justin C; Phil E (3), Ondreij D (3), Peter E (2), Hayden J (2), Axel M (2), Petr S (1), Willy S (1), Drew M (1), Nicolas G (1), James W, Sergiu P, Paul P, Julien P

Quarterfinal – Otago Shags HC vs Fruitflies HC 40:33
Alex B; Gus H (10), Caedyn W (5), Bernhard A (5), Aston L (4), Akashdeep S B (4), Mitchell L (3), Eoin M (3), Riley F (3), Magnus H (2), Ludovic G, Joe M
FF: Stefanos H, Cassius P-L; Luke I 13, Brendan C (7), Adam B (4), Edmund C (4), Jack G (1), Michael F (1), Jared P (1), Raph C, Lachy H, Josh B, Francis V, James B

Place 7-9 – Victoria University HC vs Cook Islands 22:21
Jerome L; Luke N (5), Felipe R (5), Matt C (5), Syloun P (3), Maxime C (2), Freddy G (1), Liam A (1), Fabio S, Patrick W, Sean F, Matt S, Milan C, Santiago L, Chris R
CI: Lucky N (6), Jesse T (5), Paul v.E (3), Ryan N (2), Willynn K (1), Dyrell A (1), Peteru P (1), Samuel P (1), Logan A-W (1), Dominique K, Nathaniel P, Thomas T, Kavius A, Henry K, Peter J

Women results
Pool A – Victoria University HC / Spartanz HC vs Auckland HC 19:23
Abbey L, Jordan T; Rowan M (7), Sam G (5), Meli P (3), Frances B (2), Valerie C (1), 小野寺遥奈 (1), Antonella C, Kathleen G, Erin R-M, Lottie J, Laura M, Paola N
AKL: Chrissy M; Guiliana K (6), Agnes K (5), Helen D (4), Maëlys B (4), Leonie J (3), Milena J (1), Angela L, Jule S, Asta M K, Sarah M

Pool A – Canterbury Quakes HC vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC Juniors 26:20
Tamara S; Tiffany B (5), Erika M (4), Noemie P (4), Jaclyn P (3), Florence G (3), Bec W (3), Mariel A (2), Melissa V (2), Danielle M
HVH-JNR: Valini V (4), Faith H; Kiara D (7), Waimarie W (4), Hine L (2), Mercy-Lea T-L (2), Metiria D (1), Aneko W, Brenna A, Tawhirikura D, Leonie P, Charis P, Phoenix P, ELe P

Pool B – Austago Shags HC vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC 15:14
Chi N; Laura P (3), Jessica F (3), Alex M (2), Mathilde C (2), Tess F (2), Kate D (1), Briony S (1), Berna C (1), Jessie W, Elizabeth T, Cassandra D, Shannen S-S
HVH: Andre M; Ailish A (3), Acacia S (3), Bella A (3), La W (3), Georgia B (2), Bridget K, Hope H, Meghan W, Taylor G, Tahndae W, Te Hau W

Pool A – Canterbury Quakes HC vs Auckland HC 28:30
Tamara S; Jaclyn P (11), Noemie P (8), Florence G (3), Melissa V (2), Erika M (1), Tiffany B (1), Bec W (1), Mariel A (1), Danielle M
AKL: Chrissy M; Sarah M (7), Maëlys B (5) , Agnes K (4), Guiliana K (4), Helen D (4), Milena J (3), Leonie J (2), Asta M K (1), Jule S, Angela L

Pool B – Austago Shags HC vs Vikings HC 26:21
Chi N; Mathilde C (7), Tess F (6), Laura P (5), Alex M (5), Jessica F (2), Kate D (1), Briony S, Shannen S-S, Cassandra D, Elizabeth T, Jessie W, Berna C
VIK: Kristina H; Charline K (5), Maddy H (5), Ida P (3), Inga Z (3), Merle A (2), Bridget I (1), Paris T-F (1), Ella A (1), Nele G, Maya M, Izzah S, Ruby O, Rosa C, Laura K

Pool B – Cook Islands vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC 9:25
Dalen P (4), Shannon v.E (2), Malee T (1), Maxine M 91), Paereima W-C (1), Tiare K, Maureen K, Rangina A, Kura S, Quila H, Tekitha T-I, Dallas T
HVH: Andre M; Ailish A (7), Bella A (6), Georgia B (5), La W (3), Hope H (2), Tahndae W (1), Te Hau W (1), Taylor G, Meghan W, Bridget K, Acacia S

Pool A – Victoria University HC / Spartanz HC vs Canterbury Quakes HC 25:23
Abbey L, Jordan T; Erin R-M (), Sam G (6), Rowan M (5), 小野寺遥奈 (3), Meli P (2), Frances B (1), Antonella C, Kathleen G, Valerie C, Vannessa M, Lottie J, Laura M, Paola N
CAN: Tamara S; Jaclyn P (8), Melissa V (6), Tiffany B (3), Florence G (2), Mariel A (2), Erika M (2), Danielle M, Noemie P, Bec W

Pool A – Auckland HC vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC Juniors 24:26 (9:12)
Chrissy M; Leonie J (6), Agnes K (6), Guiliana K (5), Sarah M (4), Maelys B (2), Milena J (1), Angela L, Helen D, Asta Marie K, Jule S
HVH JR: Valini V; Waimarie W (7), Ele Paasi (6), Brenna A (6), Aneko W (3), Hine L (1), Kiara Davidson (1), Metiria D (1), Mercy-Lea T L (1), Phoenix P, Charise P

Pool A – Vikings HC vs Cook Islands 31:10 (14:3)
Kristina H; Inga Z (9), Ida P (7), Bridget I (5), Madeleine H (3), Nele G (2), Merle A (1), Ella A (1), Paris T-F (1), Maya M, Georgia M, Izzah S, Ruby O, Rosa C, Laura K
CI: Malee T (2), Maxine M (2), Paerima W-C (2), Tekitha T-I (2), Dalen P (1), Quila H (1), Tiare K, Shannon v.E, Maureen K, Rangina A, Kura S

1st day at NZ Club Champs

The first day of the 2019 NZHF Club Champs is over and 6 games are played.

In short, the Vikings women had a bit of a false start, but given the number of new players who joined the team over the last 4-6 weeks, we needed some time to find together. Overall the game felt like we could have won but we haven’t. While the first 40 minutes were in favour of the Hunters (8:13), the Vikings showed they won’t give up and started controlling the game onwards. Goal by Goal they came closer and even had the lead (19:17) but were unable to take advantage of our chances and the Hutt Hunters earned the draw (20:20).

The Vikings men went into the game as the favourite, especially after winning 2 weeks ago the Wellington League title against the NZHF Club Champion of the last two years, the Aguilas.
The game started as expected and the Vikings built a little lead (9:5) but halfway through the first half, we struggled to convert our chances and the hard and brave fighting Otago team clawed their way back in the game (11:11). Another little push of the Vikimgs led to a 15:12 half time lead.
In the second half, the Vikings seemed somehow paralysed and were unable to play their usual team game and the Otago team was going to wait for the Vikings to get into gear. With 2 minutes to play the Vikings were down by two and pushed for more and with 20 seconds to play drew the game (32:32). Otago couldn’t respond to the lats Vikings goal and both teams deserved at least that one point.

Women competition:
Austago Shags HC vs Cook Islands 25:7
OTA: Chi N; Jessica F (8), Tess F (5), Cassandra D (3), Kate D 92), Alex M (2), Laura P (2), Jessie W (2), Berna C (1), Briony S, Shannen S-S, Elizabeth T, Mathilde C
CI: Dalen P (4), Shannon v.E (1), Maureen K (1), Dallas T (1), Tiare K, Malee T, Rangina A, Kura S, Maxine M, Quila H, Tekitha T-I, Parerima W-C

Victoria University HC/Spartanz HC vs Hutt Valley Baby Hunters HC 17:18
Abbey L (1), Jordan T; Rowan M (9), Sam G (3), Erin M-R (2), Meli P (1), Frances B (1), Antonella C, Kathleen G, Valerie C, Vanessa M, 小野寺遥奈 , Lottie J, Laura M, Paola N
HVH JR: Valini V, Faith H; Phoenix P (5), Ele P (4), Brenna A (2)< Kiara D (2), Aneka W (1), Mercy-Lea T-L (1), Metiria D (1), Waimarie W (1), Hine L (1), Tawhirikura D, Leonie P, Charise P

Vikings HC vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC 20:20 (7:11)
VIK: Kristina H; Maddy H (5), Inga Z (5), Merle (4), Ida P (3), Bridget I (1), Nele G (1), Laura K (1), Charline K, Paris T-F, Maya M, Georgia M, Ruby O, Ella A, Izzah S
HVH: Andre M; La W (7), Bella A (4), Acacia S (4), Georgia B (2), Tahndae W (2), Te Hau W (1). Bridget K, Hope H

Men competition:
Auckland HC vs Spartanz HC 43:25
AKL: Alex W, Alfonso M; Thomas S (9), Tim S (6), Janneg S (5), Nikola I (5), Pepe R (5), Gaston F (4), Toby S (4), Ahmed M (3), Roland v.d.T (1), Henri P (1), Keller H, Qassim H, Nayu K, Matias L
SPA: Rhys M; Nick P (8), Antoine D (4), Willy M (3), Aidan C (3), Jordan G (3), Te Hoera S (2), Scott B (1), Kishore B (1), Ezra S, Frederic H, Frank G, Hayden O

Northern Aguilas HC vs Canterbury Braves HC 34:20
AGU: Yoshi W; Tim B (7), James C (5), Zac J (5), James P (4), Cameron R (3), Max B (3), William S (3), Alex J (2), Nick S (1), Jono R (1), Tim R, Luca O-G, Tyler W, Pavlo P
CAN: Justin C; Nicolas G (5), Phil E (4), Hayden J (3), Peter E (3), Julien P (2), Sergiu P (1), Willy Silcock (1), Paul P, James W

Vikings HC vs Otago Shags HC 32:32 (15:12)
James W; Daniel T (10), Paul I (7), Alex B (6), Nico P (3), Miguel A (2), Liam M (1), Harry I (1), Bjoern B (1), Patrick D (1), Nino DeG. Sam C
OTA: Eoin M; Magnus H (10), Bernhard A (5), Ludovic G (5), Caedyn W (4), Akashdeep S-B (4), Joe M (2), Tom B (1), Jackson M (1), Mitchell L

Closing in on the season final

After the Wellington League finished a week, all Wellington teams but also all other club teams from all over New Zealand are preparing for the NZHF Club Championships.
Like last year the tournament is held at the ASB Sports Stadium in Wellington and will start on Friday 5pm and finishes 33 games later on Sunday at 3pm.

In 2019, a total of 17 teams have registered (9 men teams + 8 women teams) and this includes a Vikings men and a Vikings women team.

Come and support us trying to win it all this year!!!

Draw – NZHF Club Championships 2019

League Finals

Yesterday, the 2019 Wellington League came to an end with the Finals day.

In the women competition, the Hutt Valley Hunters were a clear frontrunner dominating most if not all pool games and they faced off with the NZ Under 17 team which steadily improved throughout the year.
The game itself was a battle with the Hutt Hunters leading all of the game but the under 17s did not concede and fought until the last second.
While the Hunters were already up by 7 goals midway through the second half, the young ones came back and almost pushed the Hunters off the throne. But the superior experience prevailed and the Hunters won 28:26 (HT 14:13).

The Bronze final in the women competition was played between the Vikings and the Victoria University team. As both teams faced off each other 3 weeks ago, the Vikings won their first game of the season, and as they won all games since then, there was some hope we can finish the season strong with a win and the 3rd place.
The women from the Victoria University team had obviously different plans and showed from the first minute of the game their determination to win this final.
Throughout the game, the Vikings women had a few too many concentration lapses in defence and our shooting was subpar on the day, so while we battled all game and generated plenty of scoring opportunities, unfortunately, our lack of efficiency allowed the Vic women to stay on top and take away a 17:25 (HT: 9:13) win to win the Bronze medal in the 2019 Wellington League.

In the men competition, we start with the Bronze final between the Fruitflies and the Spartanz. The Fruitflies, technically a Vikings off-cut, showed throughout the season that they are a force to reckon with. And the Spartanz, one of the founding members of the Wellington Handball League has made great progress recruiting very talented new players who have shown tremendous improvements over the last 6 weeks.
The game itself was very quickly in control by the Fruitflies who came out guns blazing and never looked back. While the Spartanz had phases they looked like they might claw their way back into the game, the Fruitflies managed to keep them in check and won comfortably 39:31 (HT: 20:16).

Now let’s go to the men’s grand final. For the third year in the row, the Vikings and the Northern Aguilas faced off each other and after losing in 2017 and 2018, it was time for the Vikings to show up and break that streak.
While the Aguilas won all three pool games during the 2019 season, the last pool game was only decided by a last-second goal to win it for them. So the Vikings had plenty of belief and confidence that they will come out on top.
The game itself was probably one of the best games of this year’s league and worthy of a final including a great audience turnout of probably around 100-150 people watching.
The Viking started strong and built a 4:1 lead even with leaving out massive scoring opportunities. Especially, the goalie god himself Yoshi, seemed to be on a mission to put his stamp on that game as he dominated the Vikings shooters in that first half of the game. As the rule says, if you don’t use your chances, they will come and haunt you and that is exactly what happened, the Aguilas fought their way back and were up 4:6 half-way through the first half. Now both teams showed tremendous grit and battled ball for ball, possession for possession and both goalkeepers – Yoshi (Aguilas) and James (Vikings) – ran hot. At halftime, the scoreboard showed a narrow Aguilas lead (13:14).
In the second half, The Aguilas were initially able to hold on to the lead (13:15, 14:16, 15:17) and you could see that both teams defences were dominating the game. Goals were hard to come by but in the last ten minutes the Vikings team took over (18:18, 20:19, 22:20) and with 5 minutes to play they were closing in on the win.
Though, as Handball is, it always comes different and here they came, the Aguilas worked their way back into the game and equalised with three minutes to go (22:22), and even took the lead with two minutes to go (22:23). As you can imagine, the crowd was in the game and everyone was sitting on the edge of their seats.
Next attack, the Vikings were able to capitalise a defence mistake and equalised, they also forced a turnover in the following Aguilas attack and with 48 seconds to go had the ball in hand to close out the game.
15 seconds to play, another tremendous save from Yoshi led to an Aguilas fastbreak, a lucky deflection turned the ball over again and a counter fastbreak through Miguel landed in Paul’s hand and he kept a cool head and netted for the win, 0.9 seconds later, the horn signalled the end of the game.
The final score 24:23 for the Vikings.
What a game – great for the audience, and a relentless and fair but hard battle of both teams.

Stats -women
Spartanz HC – BYE

Grand Final
Hutt Valley Hunters vs NZ U17 28:26 (14:13)
Andrea M; Bella A (11), La W (7), Ailish A (6), Acacia S (2), Taylor G (1), Bridget K (1), Tahndae W, Leonie P, Meghan W
NZ U17: Valini V, Faith H; Eleminiotti P (11), Clare T (5), Paris T-F (4), Brenna A (3), Anneko W (1), Metiria D (1), Waimarie W (1), Tawhirikura D, Mercy-Lea T-L, Kiara-Leigh D-K, Tesara-Rose F

Bronze Final
Vikings HC vs Victoria University HC 17:25 (9:13)
VIK: Michaela J, Kristina H; Maddy H (7), Inga Z (4), Ida P (3), Maya M (1), Georgia M (1), Ella A (1), Ruby O, Izzah S, Merle A, Elizabeth T, Rosa C
VUW: Abbey L; Sam (5), Meli P (4), Sophia T (4), Haruna (4), Valerie C (3), Frances B (2), Chrissy M (1), Kathleen G (1)

Victoria University HC A and Victoria University HC B – BYEs

Grand Final
Vikings HC vs Northern Aguilas HC 24:23 (13:14)
 Petr H; James W, Laurin S; Daniel T (6), Paul I (5), Alex B (5), Miguel A (3), Harry I (2). Liam M (1), Nico P (1), Riley G (1), Patrick D, Jay M, Sam C
AGU: Yoshi W; Tim R (6), James P (6), Zac J (4), Cameron R (4), Jono R (2), Tim B (1), James C (1), Lucas O-G (1), OScar B-I, Tyler W, William S, Pavlo P, Alex J

Bronze Final
Fruitflies HC vs Spartanz HC 39:31 (20:16)
Stefanos H (1), David I; Luke I (13), Jack G (10), Tim R (8), Edmund C(3), Josh B (3), Lachlan H (1), Adam B
SPA: Rhys M; Nick P (11), Antoine D (7), Aidan C (6), Willy M (3), Te Hoera S (3), Scott B (1), Tom R, Esrah, Hayden O, Frank G