Winners Are Grinners – NZ U18 boys won the Youth Oceania Champs

Yesterday, the New Zealand Under 18 boys made history and won for the first time the Youth Oceania Championships.
The team, led by Coach Tim Rayner and Coach Jack Gallagher (Vikings), went undefeated in the competition and were very dominant in each game.
In the team were four Vikings players, Paul Ireland, Miguel Aizpuru, Angus Hazelton and Will O’Connor, who all provided crucial for the team on the way to the title.
Congratulations to the team, the coaches and all the supporters who helped in achieving this massive milestone for New Zealand Handball.

At the same time, the Junior Oceania Championship happened at the same venue.
In the junior competition, the New Zealand team played an excellent tournament but fell just outside of the medal ranks and brought home a 4th place. The team was coached by Viking’s Luke Ireland and had five Vikings players in the line-up – Alex Bickers, Riley Grice, Jared Peterson, Cassius Papera-Lewin and PJ Garner.
The team managed to win 2 out of the 5 games with close defeats to the winner (Australia) and 2nd placed team (Tahiti). Well Done boys!

Vikings on route to represent New Zealand at IHF Trophy

In only two weeks, the NZHF will participate at a new version of the IHF Trophy, also functioning as the Oceania Junior and Youth Championships, played in New Caledonia.
Between the 10th and the 15th of June, various Oceania teams will play for the Oceania Championships. The winner will qualify for the IHF Trophy World final but also for the Youth World Championships or respectively the Junior World Championships.

The New Zealand Handball Federation has recently announced the teams, and we are proud that a few Vikings players have successfully trialled and made the team.
Congratulations to:

NZ U20 team (Coach Luke Ireland)

  • Alexander Bickers
  • Riley Grice
  • Jared Petersen
  • Cassius Papera-Lewin
  • Patrick John Garner 

NZ U18 team (Assistant Coach Jack Gallagher)

  • Paul Ireland
  • Angus Hazelton
  • Miguel Aizpuru
  • William O’Connor

The NZHF has also nominated two Vikings club members as the official NZ Referee pair

  • Madeleine Hazelton
  • Isabella Anastasiou

 

Congratulations to everyone and good luck for all of you at the tournament. Make us proud!

Vikings men selected for U21 National Team

Congratulations to following Vikings players:

  • Harry Ireland
  • Paul Ireland
  • Angus Hazelton
  • Riley Grice
  • Cassius Papera
  • Emmanuel Nagoor
  • Thomas Scott
  • Jack Gallagher
  • Antonino DeGregorio

All 9 of them were selected to represent New Zealand at the IHF Trophy 2017 Oceania, hosted by the Cook Islands between the 31st July and 4th August 2017.

Also, our beloved senior player Luke Ireland, was named Assistant Coach.

Make us and NZ proud!!! Good Luck!!!

Paul and Miguel won Silver at Beach Oceania Champs (Youth)

Congratulations to the Vikings Paul Ireland and Miguel Aizpuru, who just placed second with the Youth NZ Beach National Team at the first ever Under 17 Beach Oceania Championships.

2017 - U17 Beach NZ team
Paul (2nd from the left), Miguel (3rd from the left)

The team played well throughout the tournament winning three out of 4 games in the Pool rounds – Kiribati (2:0), Cook Islands (2:0), American Samoa (2:0) and Australia (0:2).
In the semifinal, the Kiwis faced the Cook Islands and this time won 2:0 in compare to the closer game during the pool rounds.
Then in the final, the old rival Australia, was waiting and unfortunately, the Kiwis weren’t able to win the final (0:2).

Congratulations to the winner (Australia) but also to the Kiwi team who played very well.

Also, thank you to the Cook Islands for hosting a great tournament and all teams who came to compete.

Two Vikings made the NZ U17 Beach Handball team

Congratulations to Paul Ireland and Miguel Aizpuru for making the New Zealand Under 17 Beach Handball team.

Both players went through a rigorous trial process and were selected as a part of 10 player squad who will compete at the U17 Oceania Championships held at the Cook Islands between the 3rd and 5th of May 2017.

Good luck to the Vikings boys and the team!

2017 IHF Beach Trophy

2017 IHF Beach Trophy