finally new team pictures …

First we needed a while to get our new playing kit sorted and printed, then we needed another while to get the majority of the teams together and finally here are the latest team pics.

Vikings HC – Women

Back row (left to right): Nina Stollberg (10), Siri Kolbeinsen (15), Michael Jensen (1), Laura Albiston (4), Madeleine Hazelton (5), Bridget Ireland (8), Daniel Triebsch (Coach)
Front row (left to right): Hannah Chapman (7), Amelie Krewel (9), Paris Tuimaseve-Fox (16), Taye Lewis (17)
Missing: Julia Kanning, Hannah Koeck, Te Mapihi Tutua-Nathan, Marie Rusch, Malin Suler

Vikings HC Norse – Men

Back row (left to right): Nicolas Piveteau (2), Samuel Keegan (10), Rakesh Kumar (5), PJ Garner (4), Daniel Triebsch (6)
Front row (left to right): Pierre Tellier (19), Wagner Ishikawa (3), Cassius Papera (12), James Weston (18), Miguel Aizpuru (20), Michael McKay (14)
Missing: Emmanuel Nagoor (9)

Vikings HC Danes – Men

Back row (left to right): Jack Gallagher (4), Todd Anderson (3), Luke Ireland (8), Angus Hazelton (21), Alexander Bickers (17)
Front row (left to right): Paul Ireland (16), Loan Valton (1), Harry Ireland (5)
Missing: Josh Petersen (19), Petr Holic (1), Riley Grice, Thomas Scott, Angus Stallman, Lachlan Harrison, Tim Rowe

Upcoming NZ Regionals in Auckland

This upcoming weekend (12th/13th August) the NZHF has invited to the NZ Regionals.

This tournament is a competition for the Regional Representative teams battling out the NZ title.
Following teams have confirmed:
Men – Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington
Women – Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington

The Wellington Handball Federation will confirm the final team squads tomorrow.

A new season is knock’in on the door

Welcome to 2017 and new Handball season not far away.

After a very successful 2016 season, the Vikings will have high ambitions to build on those experiences and to get better.

Now it’s time for pre-season and the Vikings will start on the 17th of January with two trainings a week.

The first tournament in 2017 will be the Wellington Beach tournament on Saturday the 28th of January 2017 at the Oriental Bay beach.

More information for the upcoming Handball season will follow soon.

If you are interested in giving Handball a go, or you are an experienced player – kiwi or foreigner – please contact vikingshc@gmail.com.

Let’s GO Vikings

Third week of Beginners league

Yesterday was the third week of Wellington’s beginner league and the Vikings Handball Club has seen again a few new faces giving Handball a go, as well as seen some less experienced players blossoming while improving and while trying out new positions.
Both teams – women and men – have lots of fun and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere off and on the court around the beginner league,

There are three more games in the beginner league to go –
Sunday, 11/9/2016
Sunday, 25/9/2016
Sunday,  2/10/2016

Come along and have a go at Handball, you will play against other beginners and willhave lots of fun.

If you are keen, email vikingshc@gmail.com with your contact details and we will contact and invite you to come along.

Wellington Beginners League started

In 2016, Wellington Handball has introduced a new beginners league on the back of the Olympic games. Historically the Olympic games have ramped up the interest in our beloved sport and therefore all clubs, including the Vkings, have agreed a beginners league will help enable new players to jump in to just give it a go.

Both Vikings teams – women and men – have entered the competition and welcoming every week new players, or returning players to try Handball out.

If you are interested you can join our practices and games and see how you like it.
Practices are held every Tuesday between 6:45pm and 8:45pm at Samuel Marsden College (entrance via Vera Street) and the games are held Sunday afternoons (first game starts at 3:30pm) at the ASB Sports Stadium.
Either way, just come along, join our team and play some Handball 😉

Vikings men are National Champions

On the weekend 13th/14th August, Auckland Region Handball hosted the first official New Zealand Club Championships.

Six men teams participated and fought out over the weekend the New Zealand Champion.
The Vikings men team was in the pool with Auckland City HC and Spartanz HC, while the other pool consisted of Auckland Pirates HC, Victoria University HC and the South Island Squad.

On the first day (Saturday, 13th August), the Vikings played their pool games with the first game versus Auckland City HC (ACHC). This club dominated the majority of tournaments over the last 3 years and therefore was probably the favorite to become NZ Champion.
The game itself was a nail-biter in which both teams fought hard and showed great Handball. Though the Vikings seemed to be able to minimize ACHC’s feared fast breaks and on the other side found consistently holes in their defense to score. In the last 5 minutes the Vikings even managed to extend their lead and won with 36:31.

The second game was versus the Spartanz HC, a well known Wellington based club, that the Vikings already faced during the Wellington Regionals.
The game itself was not as high class as the Vikings’s first game but the team was clearly dominating the opposition and ensured their place in the final by winning 40:31.

On the second day (Sunday, 14th August), both pool winners were facing each other to play for the New Zealand Club title. The winner in the other pool was the old Wellington rival Victoria University Wolves HC, who ensured teir place in the final winning against the South Isladn Squad and against the second Auckland base club team, the Auckland Pirates HC.
As both teams know each so well there was a lot of tension in the air, even before the game started. The Vikings team though managed to fire up immediately and build a 5:1 lead in the initial minutes of the game.Of course the Wolves were fighting back, after all this game decides the NZ Club champion and the Wolves recently lost the Wellington title to the Vikings. At halftime the Wolves were leading 19:16 and the Vikings took a chance to regroup during halftime.
With the start of the second half, the audience saw now a very focused Vikings team who tightened up their defense and played great team handball in offense, especially creating good scoring opportunities for their wing attackers. On the other side the Wolves struggled a little bit with the offensive defense of the Vikings which were focused on limiting the activities of the Wolves two back players.
In that first span of the second half the Vikings turned the score around so they were up 29:24 with 13 minutes to go. At that time it was clear – on and off court – that this game isn’t over yet. Some unlucky executions in the Vikings attack and a few lapses in the defense were enough to shift the momentum back towards the Wolves, who capitalized from those mistakes to reduce to the Vikings lead to two goals (32:30) with 6 minutes to go.
Obviously this was now a thriller and the Vikings refocused and were able to play down the last few minutes containing the Wolves and keeping the lead . Final score 36:34.

Vikings HC - NZ Club Champs 2016

A big thank you to both referees – Gaston Fuso and Herve Roy (both from Auckland) – who handled the pressure of a final very well and were also able to ensure the game was played hard but fair.