Just a few days ago the IHF Continental Trophy Oceania finished with a great result for the NZHF U17 and U19 female teams.
While in both age groups New Caldonia dominated the tournament, the NZHF U17 girls were the only team challenging the New Caledonian team and came in on a great 2nd place. The NZHF U19 girls also did a great job by finishing on 3rd place only giving in to the winner New Caledonia and the 2nd placed team Australia. New Caledonia will now represent Oceania at the IHF Intercontinental Trophy in early 2020.
Congratulations to all participating teams, Handball is certainly on a steep growing pathway in Oceania. Also, thank you to the New Caledonian Handball family to host this event.
On Friday the 9th August, two NZ women teams travelled to New Caledonia to compete at the 2019 IHF Continental Trophy.
The NZ Under 17 team with Viking player Paris Tuimaseve-Fox and the NZ Under 19 team with Vikings players Kristina Hames and Ella Amos have trained hard over the last few months towards this tournament.
The Vikings Handball Club wishes all Oceania teams good luck and of course cheers for the NZ teams to win it all.
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!
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.
NZ U20 team (Coach Luke Ireland)
Patrick John Garner
NZ U18 team (Assistant Coach Jack Gallagher)
The NZHF has also nominated two Vikings club members as the official NZ Referee pair
Congratulations to everyone and good luck for all of you at the tournament. Make us proud!