Summary NZ Club Champs 2017

The 2017’s New Zealand Club Champs were hosted by the Wellington Handball Community and played at the ASB Sports Stadium.

The Vikings Handball Club entered one men and one women team into the competition, with the men team aiming for repeating their title from last year, and with the women team focusing on developing further their team play and hoping to pick up a few wins on the way.

Let’s start with the Vikings women team.
The team started with lots of players unable to attend due to injuries, sickness and other reasons, so the actual squad on day one of the tournament was minimal. The team though played hard and fought brave each game, unfortunately the women team wasn’t able to win any of the games.

Vikings HC vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC 16:39
Jensen; Maddy 7, Laura 4, Bridget 2, Siri 1, Ellie 1. Hannah 1, Taye
Vikings HC vs Sparkz 13:24
Jensen; Maddy 7, Bridget 4, Laura 2, Siri 2, Sue 1, Hannah, Te Mapihi, Taye, Jane
Vikings HC vs Otago Uni HC 19:26
Jensen; Maddy 7, Laura 6. Bridget 5, Te Mapihi 1, Taye, Hannah, Siri, Sue
Vikings HC vs Vic Uni Ravens HC 17:29
Jensen; Maddy 6, Bridget 4, Te Mapihi 3, Nina 3, Hannah 1, Siri, Taye, Sue

The Vikings men team started already on Friday night and looked forward to compete in a group of five teams and three of those five teams (including the Vikings) were expected to be up there playing for the tournament win. With such strong competition it was clear every game counts and also potentially the goal difference.
The team started very well with wins over the Vic Uni B team, the Brisbane Wolves and the Spartanz. On Sunday morning though, the team faced the Canterbury Quakes who was unbeaten until this game too and so the winner of this game will proceed to the final.
That was worst possible time on Sunday morning 8 am for the Vikings men to collectively didn’t play to their potential but congratulations to the Quakes who played very well and deserved to progress to the final.
In the small final the Vikings played better and secured the third place in the 2017 National Club Champs.

Vikings HC vs Vic Uni HC B 45:15
James, Cassius; Daniel 9, Paul 8 Todd 7, Jack 6, Harry 5, Alex 5, Miguel 3, Angus 1, Luke 1, Riley
Vikings HC vs Brisbane Wolves HC 30:27
James, Cassius; Luke 10, Daniel 5, Riley 4, Harry 4, Jack 2, Miguel 2, Todd 1, Alex 1, Sam 1, Paul, Angus
Vikings HC vs Spartanz 36:21
James, Cassius; Angus 6, Alex 6, Luke 5, Todd 5, Riley 4, Harry 3, Miguel 2, Jack 2, Sam 2, Paul 1
Vikings HC vs Canterbury Quakes HC 18:27
James, Cassius; Luke 6, Todd 3, Daniel 2, Angus 2, Jack 1, Harry 1, Sam 1, Miguel 1, Alex 1 
Vikings HC vs Auckland Pirates HC 38:30
James, Cassius; Luke 10, Daniel 7, Jack 5, Todd 5, Alex 5, Miguel 4, Sam 1, Harry 1, Angus

Overall it was a great tournament, seeing so many players and teams from across the country and also having an Australian club team there was awesome. James Weston, one of the mens goalkeeper won the “Goalkeeper of the tournament” award and Vikings players are ranked in both scorer lists within the Top 10 (Women – Maddy 5th, Bridget 10th; Men – Luke 3rd, Daniel 6th & Todd 9th).
It was also great to see that a lot of our young club members have blossomed during the games and improved further skills and confidence on the Handball court, well done both teams!!!

Also congratulations to the Northern Aguilas HC who won the men competition and the Vic Uni Ravens HC who won the women competition.
Both teams played great tournaments and can call themselves now the official NZ Club Champions 2017.

All detailed results you can find under “Competitions 2017/NZ Club Championships 2017”

Wellington women winning NZ Regionals 2017 with 3 Vikings players + Vikings Coach

Congratulations to the Wellington Women team who won the NZ Regionals last weekend in Auckland.
Three Vikings players were part of the winning squad – Congratulations!!!

While the Wellington Women team won, the Wellington Men fought hard and achieved a 4th place, just outside of the medal ranks.
Congratulations to Auckland for winning the men competition.

NZ Regionals 2017 - Wellington all

Both Wellington Rep teams (men and Women) at the NZ Regionals 2017 — Back Row (left to right): Willy, Sean, Shyam, Luke, Ocean, Scott, Nick, Thomas, Daniel — Middle Row (left to right): Nico, Tom, Aleksa, Maddy, Bridget, Ida, Abbey — Front Row (left to right): Claire, Kathleen, Chrissy, Emily, Maddie, Hannah, Maja


Vikings men won Massey Open 2017

First competition of the season and the first win.

Though this tournament wasn’t about winning, it was about giving all Vikings players a good start into the 2017 indoor season. The Vikings entered two men teams and one women team with a total of 26 Vikings players. Thanks to Rowan from the Massey Uni Handball Club and some of her friends from the Army who joined the Vikings women squad to give Handball a go.

The men competition consisted of eight men teams and the women competition of four women teams. Congrats to all teams and players who participated and a huge thank you to the Massey University Handball Club for organising another great tournament.

Next stop – start of the Wellington “4on4” league in two weeks.

Palmy 2017 - Women - Vikings

Massey Open 2017 at Palmerston North Vikings (women)

Palmy 2017 - Men - Vikings A

Massey Open 2017 at Palmerston North – Vikings A (men)

Palmy 2017 - Men - Vikings B

Massey Open 2017 at Palmerston North – Vikings B (men)

Upcoming Massey Open in Palmy

Next Saturday (29th April 2017) the Massey Handball Club is hosting the Massey Open at the Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North. The tournament has plenty of tradition and the Vikings Handball Club will send two men teams and one women team.

If you are around on the 29th in Palmy, please come along and support the team.


NZ Club Championships ahead – Auckland 13/14 August

On the 13th and 14th of August, Auckland Region Handball is hosting the 1st NZ Club Championships.
Until now, we had a tournaments throughout the year but none of them was explicitly called NZ Club Champs, though the Wellington Open were often the tournament closest to it. To showcase further our growth of the Sport Handball in New Zealand, the New Zealand Handball Federations has partnered up with Auckland Region Handball to start a new era.

The Vikings men are aiming to participate.

Vikings to conquer Palmy

The Vikings men team will enter the Handball Tournament in Palmerston North on the 7th of May 2016. We are looking forward to catch up with the New Zealand Handball community and to play some good Handball.

The Vikings women will not enter a team, as the majority of the team will play in the Wellington Under 18 team, which will use this tournament as preparation for their participation at the Australian Junior State Championships in late July.

Good luck to all players and hopefully lots of fun and smiles.

Wellington Open 2015

Hi all,

Last weekend we a break in our League schedule and instead we participated at the annual Wellington Open. The Tournament was now in it’s 9th edition and saw 5 men teams and 5 women teams competing for the Wellington Open Trophy.

Women Competition

The Vikings women team had nine players available and played in generally very well. Unfortunately little short comings prevented them from a win in this tournament. All girls improved from game to game and showed great passion and pride while staying competitive to opposition who was often highly more experienced.

Vikings HC vs Spartanz HC 6:9
Vikings HC vs The Expendables 12:21
Vikings HC vs Vic Uni HC 12:14
Vikings HC vs Hutt Hawks 11:18

For the Vikings women played:Mapihi; Laura, Lizzie, Alex, Catherine, Bridget, Ellie, Hannah O, Maddy

Congratulations to The Expendables for winning this year’s Wellington Open Women decision. The win was well deserved.

Men Competition

The Vikings men team was missing this Saturday three important players (Luke, Nico and Sam) and therefore faced some challenges with bench depth throughout the tournament. However, the team showed again how well they celebrate team handball and our younger players showed again their rising potential. The men team started with a win against the Spartanz and followed up with a nail-biter win against the Canterbury/Hutt Hawks team. Especially the defence showed great resilience and was present when we needed it. Special thanks here to our goalkeeper, Petr, who (again) saved us in some critical moments with crucial and heroic saves. In the third game versus Massey, the team started slow but half way through the first half we found our vibe and played in stretches effortless team handball. After three wins the tournament schedule provided a final like game in the last pool game of the day between the Vikings and their big Wellington rival from Vic Uni. Unfortunately for the Vikings, the missing bench depth showed and costed the team highly as Vic Uni were able to win clearly and deservedly the tournament.

Vikings HC vs Spartanz HC 22:13
Vikings HC vs Canterbury Braves HC /Hutt Hawks HC 13:12
Vikings HC vs Massey Mustangs HC 19:10
Vikings HC vs Vic Uni HC 6:14

For the Vikings men played: Petr; Jack, Harry, Todd, Pierre, Fred, Nino, Ben, Emmanuel and Daniel

Congratulations Victoria University to the win of the Wellington Open.

Vikings_Wellington Open 2015 II

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