League Day 12

The season nears the finish line and on Sunday the men competition had their last pool round, while the women competition had their semi-final round.

The Vikings women faced the Spartanz women and were very motivated to win so they qualify for the Bronze match.
The game started as expected and the Vikings were able to build a quick lead (2:1, 5:2, 7:3) and looked like in control. At half time we were up 15:8.
While the result should speak for itself the defence still had a few unnecessary breakdowns and in attack we were missing more team play.
With the big lead in their heads, the Vikings girls lost a bit of their efficiency in the second half but the win was never in doubt. The final result was a 28:18 win and the girls are ready for the Bronze final against Victoria University next Sunday!

The Vikings men faced yesterday as well the Spartanz team and unfortunately, we were a bit thin on the bench but given our season so far the team wasn’t that concerned to start with.
The game started an expected with the Vikings playing nice team handball and racing off to a 9:5 start. Then a bunch of unnecessary turnovers in attack and resulting fastbreaks against us, as well as some bad defence, saw the Spartanz closing and taking the lead (10:12). That was certainly not what we were hoping for but it was also a good test of character for the team. After regrouping and focusing on minimising those turnovers we first equalised (14:14) and then took the lead 18:15. In the last few minutes prior to halftime, the Spartanz closed in again and the game was tight (19:18).
In the second half a couple of defensive adjustments and the better team play by the Vikings allowed us to control the game better and build a comfortable lead (24:20, 28:22, 32:23) and at the end an ‘on-paper’ comfortable 42:34 win was on the scoreboard.
Overall it seemed the Vikings wanted to avoid injuries prior to the final while the Spartanz fought hard at every minute and were able to capitalise of the missing focus at times. The second half was played with more focus and the result shows.

Stats – women
BYE – Hutt Valley Hunters HC

NZ U17 vs Victoria University HC 30:14 (18:7)
NZ U17:
Valini V; Brenna A (9), Elemenioti P (7), Kiera-Leigh D-K (7), Aneko W (3), Paris T-F (2), Tesara-Rose F (2), Clare T,
VUW: Abbey L; Sam G (8), Antonella C (3), Chrissy M (2), Meli P (1), Valerie C, Vanessa

Vikings HC vs Spartanz HC 28:18 (15:8)
Vikings: Kristina H, Michael J; Maddy H (8), Charline K (6), Inga Z (4), Ida P (3), Bridget I (3), Georgia M (2), Ella A (2), Ruby O, Maya M, Izzah S, Rosa C, Elizabeth T
Spartanz:Alex; Rowan M (9), Erin R-M (5), Lara M (2), Lottie J (1), Courtney J (1). Billie, Olivia

Fruitflies HC vs Victoria University HC A 32:29 (21:17)
Stefanos H, Cassius P-L; Luke I (12), Time R (8), Jack G (5), Brendan C (4), Josh B (3), Adam B, David I
VUW A: Wiliam R; Luke N (10), Alban N (8), Syloun P (6), Sean F (3), Felipe R (1), Matt S (1), Freddy G, Milan C

Northern Aguilas HC vs Victoria University HC B 50:12 (21:4)
Yoshi W; Jono R (9), James C (8), Zac J (6), Max B (6), Alex J (5), William S (5), Lucas G-O (4), Cameron R (4), Tyler W (3), Oscar B-I
VUW B: William R; Freddy G (6), Milan C (3), Felipe R (1), Liam A (1), Tom C (1), Patrick W, Santiago L, Matt S, James M, Maxime

Vikings HC vs Spartanz HC 42:34 (19:18) – W
Vikings:Petr H, James W; Paul I (8), Miguel (7), Nico P (6), Alex B (6), Liam M (4), Jay M (4), Harry I (3), Malte H (3), Daniel T (1),
Spartanz:Rhys M; Nick P (13), Antoine D (9), Scott B (5), Willy M (3), Te Hoera S (3), Esrah (1), Aidan C, Tom R

League Day 11

Another Sunday, and more Handball games.

The Vikings women team faced the Spartanz women team and the recent influx of new players and better commitment to trainings is starting to pay off.
The game started furious for the Viking women team and a quick lead was established (4:2, 7:4) and at half time we were up 14:10. At this stage, we still had a few communication issues in the defence but overall we played well as a team.
In the second half we were able to improve in all areas and the score went eve more into our favour (19:11, 28:16) and at the end, we won 32:17).
Great game from all girls and the finals can come.

The Vikings men team was squaring up with the Northern Aguilas. A game that promised intensity and two opponents fighting for each millimetre on the court.
The Vikings started with great attack sequences but the Aguilas goalie Yoshi was today in top form – again – and kept his team in the game. The score stayed close throughout the first half and no team could really pull away (3:3, 3:5, 7:6) and both teams went with a 10:10 draw into half time.
The second half turned then into a nailbiter. While the Vikings improved their scoring percentage against Yoshi, in defence we got caught out again and again by the very effective fastbreak game of the Aguilas. The game ultimately went down to the wire (15:15, 20:19, 21:22, 23:22, 25:27).
1.5 minutes to go, the Vikings two down and having the ball – oldie Daniel went straight through the middle to close down on 26:27. The Aguilas in the next attack fumble the ball and a great hustle play by Paul led to a successful fastbreak goal by Bjoern – 27:27 – and 20 seconds to go.
One more attack for the Aguilas and Max B found a way through on the right side to score with just 4 seconds on the clock and it turned out to be the game-winner.
It was – like always – a game which promoted New Zealand Handball and both teams showed lots of skills and courage but also sportsmanship and camaraderie as many of players from both teams play regularly together in NZ and Wellington Regional selection teams.
Both teams have already booked their tickets for the Wellington League Grand final on the 1st September 2019 – a must watch!!!

Stats – women
NZ U17 – BYE

Vikings HC vs Spartanz HC 32:17 (14:10)
VIK:Michael J; Inga Z (8), Ida P (7), Bridget I (5), Maddy H (4), Merle A (4), Ruby O (3), Petula M (1), Rosa C, Elizabeth T, Maya M
SPA:Laura M; Rowan M (8), Paola N (2), Lottie J (2), Taylor N (2), Erin R-M (2), Francie M (1)

Hutt Valley Hunters HC vs Victoria University HC 28:13 (16:7)
Andrea M; Ailish A (12), Bella A (6), Leonie P (4), Acacia S (3), Taylor G (2), Meghan W (1), Bridget K
VUW: Abbey L; Meli P (6), Chrissy M (3), Antonella C (2), Valerie C (2), Frances B, Vanessa

Stats – men
Vikings HC vs Northern Aguilas 27:28 (10:10)
VIK: James W; Daniel T (7), Bjoern B (6), Alex B (5), Liam M (4), Paul I (3), Nico P (2), Harry I, Jay M, James F
AGU: Yoshi W; Tim B (7), James C (6), Jono R (5), Max B (4), Zac J (3), Pavlo P (2), Tim R (1), Cameron R, Oscar B-I, Tyler W

Spartanz HC vs Fruitflies HC 28:24 (13:10)
Rhys M; Nick P (8), Scott B (6), Aidan (4), Te Hoera S (3), Willy M (3), Jonan (2) Antoine D (2), Hayden O, Frank G
FF: David I; Josh B (7), Tim R (6), Brendan C (4), Jack G (3), Patrick L (3), Michael F (1)

Victoria University HC A vs Victoria University HC B 40:23
George G (1); Matt S (12), Alban N (10), Syloun P (10), Maxime C (4), Theo Thavisouk (3)
VUW B: Jaxson C; Milan C (9), Sam S-S (4), Tom C (3). Felipe R (3), Santiago L (3), Liam A (1)

IHF Continental Trophy 2019 – women

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.


Results - IHF Continental Trophy 2019 - U17s
Results – IHF Continental Trophy 2019 – U17s
Results - IHF Continental Trophy 2019 - U19s
Results – IHF Continental Trophy 2019 – U19s

League Day 10

Yesterday, was day 10 of the 2019 Wellington Handball League and the teams completed the second round robin.

The Vikings women faced the Vic Uni team, like last week and the Vikings men team faced the Vic Uni B team.

The Vikings women had a few people sick, injured and away but also welcomed two new players – Ida Petersen and Merle Arnold.
The team started well but easy mistakes in defence invited the opposition to score easily and we never were able get away with more than 2 goals (3:1. 7:5) and both teams went with a 10:10 draw into halftime.
In the second half, the Vikings coach urged his team to focus more on the defensive end and the team did just that. Slowly but surely the lead increased (14:13, 17:15. 20:16) and at the end the Vikings team could celebrate their first win of the season – 23:17.
Great team effort and certainly something we can built on towards Club Nationals.

The Vikings men team played straight after the women team and faced the Development team from Victoria University HC. On paper, this supposed to be a clear win but you never know.
The team started well and set the tone early on (5:1, 10:3) and from there went to a 19:8 half time lead. Eight goals were a bit too much but we were also given some less experienced players more opportunities.
The second half went almost the same way and with the final wbistle, the scoreboard showed a 37:18.
Overall, the defence was a bit too soft at times and especially during the end of the game our offence struggled as the game was already decided.

Men – stats
Vikings HC vs Victoria University HC B 37:16 (19:8)
James W; Bjoern B (7), Daniel T (6), Liam M (6), Miguel A (6), Harry I (4), Paul I (3), Jay M (3), Patrick D (1), Samuel C (1), James F
VUW B: Luke N, George G; Matt S (5), Tom C (4), Freddy G (2), Patrick W (2), Liam A (1), Santiago L (1), Sam S-S (1)

Spartanz HC vs Victoria University HC A 38:34 (18:15)
Rhys M; Scott B (10), Toby S (9), Willy M (7), Te Hoera S (6), Antoine D (4), Hayden O (1), Tom R (1), Jack P, Frank G
VUW A: George G, Han; Luke N (14), Alban N (6), Sylouan P (6), Matt S (4), Freddy G (3), Sean F (1), Patrick W

Northern Aguilas HC vs Fruitflies HC 39:20 (24:11)
AGU: Yoshi W; Zac J (7), Tim R (6), Jono R (6), Tim B (4), James C (3), Tony S (3), Pavlo P (3), Alex J (2), Cameron R (1), Lucas G-O (1), Tyler W (1), Max B (1), William S (1), Osca B-I
FF: Stefanos H; Luke I (6), Jack G (3), Brendan C (3), Josh B (3), Ben C (3), Patrick L (1), Edmund C (1), Adam B

Women – stats
NZ U17 – BYE

Hutt Valley Hunters HC vs Spartanz HC 20:15 (10:6)
???; Ailish A (7), Bella A (7), Bridget K (2), Taylor G (2), Leonie P (1), ???
SPA: Jordan T; Rowan M (7), Erin M-R (3), Taylor N (2), Paola N (2), Lottie J (1), Laura M

Vikings HC vs Victoria University HC 23:17 (10:10)
Michaela J; Inga Z (11), Ida P (5), Merle A (3), Bridget I (3), Ruby O (1), Georgia M, Maya M, Tessa M, Rosa C, Petula M
VUW: Abbey L; Meli P (6), Kelsey H (5), Frances B (4), Antonella C (2), Clara N, Kathleen G

Day 10 – League Summary

IHF Continental Trophy 2019

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.

Go Paris, Go Ella, Go Kristina

NZ Under 17 and Under 19 teams at IHF Trophy 2019