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!

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2nd Sunday of the season

Last Sunday was the second game day of the 2018 season.

The games for both Vikings men were postponed due to the majority of players being on tour with the New Zealand National Teams (Youth and Junior) attending the Oceania Championships in New Caledonia.

Though the Vikings women team played and faced the Hutt Valley Hunters.
Last time both teams met was at last years semi-finals which the Vikings won.
On Sunday the outcome was different and the Hunters won.
Unfortunately, due to absence and injury, the Vikings had only 5 players for the game. All 5 players played their heard out and fought all game but playing against a team with 2 players more on the pitch is almost a situation that can’t end with a win.
Vikings HC vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC 15:46
Vikings: Michaela Jensen; Te Mapihi Tutua-Nathan 6, Paris Tuimaseve-Fox 5, Catherine Graham 2, Siri Kolbeinsen 2
Hunters: Tahndae Wyatt; Shrena Faitua-Latu 16, Alish Akavi 10, La Winitana 7, Aneka Winitana 6, Kitana Tawera 4, Marie Winitana 3

Welcome to the new Season …

Last Sunday, the Wellington League started into the 2018 season.
The Vikings Handball Club is very proud and fortunate to enter one women and two men teams.

While writing in the past small game reports, I will just leave the result here for now:

Men Competiton:

Vikings HC Danes vs Northern Aguilas HC 20:33
Danes: James Weston; Jack Gallagher 5, Miguel Aizpuru 5, Daniel Triebsch 3/1, Nicolas Piveteau 2, Patrick Davy 2, Luke Ireland 1.  Riley Grice 1, Paul Ireland 1, Alex Bickers
Aguilas: Yoshi Watanabe; James Cochrane 9, James Palmer 8, Nicholas Shields 8, Tim Banks 5, Aaron Huddleston1, William Smith 1,  Zac Jarvis 1, Tyler Warrington

Vikings HC Norse vs Spartanz HC 30:27
Norse: Cassius Papera-Lewin, William O’Connor; Paul Ireland 6, Gus Hamilton 6, Angus Hazelton 5, Miguel Aizpuru 5, Josh Peterson 2, Eoin Murray 1, Jared Peterson 1, Bjoern Bengelsdorf 1, Shyam Saiyan 1, Liam Madigan 1, Patrick Garner 1, Pierre Tellier
Spartanz: Rhys Mountain, Thomas Roxburgh; Toby Stephen 7, Nicholas Poter 4, Baptiste Bouchereau 3, Rocco Wilhelmi 3, Tom Zur Brugge 3, Tom Tregdiga 2, Scott Balmfort 2, Fred Han 1, George Chrisholm 1, Mariusz Kanacki 1, Hayden O’Brien

Vic Uni HC Turtles vs Vic Uni HC Lions 28:11
Turtles: Jerome Leveneur; Aleksa Djorovic 5, Elliott Cheeseman 5, Jaxson Crouch 4, Daniel Moss 4, Ben Potaka 3, Lachlan Brown 2, Francisco Verbo 2, Ocean Grady 2, Fabio Suarez 1, Brendan Courtney, Michael Fenton, Jason Roche
Lions: Andrija Djorovic; Alowesi Vulailai 5, Hayden Rolston 3, Josh Turnbull 2, Milan Caird 1, Josh Love, Freddy Gard, Finn Russell, Matthew Geange, Patrick Wallis, Kian Foulkes, Te Kopae Filo, Djan Pye, Will Wallis

Women Competition:

Vikings HC vs Vic Un HC 16:26
Vikings: Michaela Jensen; Madeleine Hazelton 5, Isabella Anastasiou 4, Amelie Krewel 3, Te Mapihi Tutua-Nathan 2, Taye Lewis 1, Catherine Graham 1, Siri Kolbeinsen 
Vic Uni HC: Abbey L’Estrange, Laura; Madeleine Stephen 8, Samantha Gard 6, Carina Ingrid Larsen 5, Kate 3, Kelsey Hanrahan 2, Chrissy Real 1, ??? 1, Emily Russ, Kathleen Griffin, Anna B, Maggie Donavan,   

Spartanz HC vs Hutt Valley Hunters HC 23:31
Spartanz: Emily To; Jordan Thorstensen 8, Daniela Conforte 6, Francie Mills 6, Paolo Nigris 3, Ita Henegan, Courtney Jones, Aine Ceitinn
Hunters: Tahndae Wyatt; Tamara Baker 10, Ailish Akavi 7. Shrena Faitua-Latu 6, La Winitana 5, Kitana Tawera 2, Maire Winitana 1, Aneko Winitana, Te Hau Winitana, Hinetekawa Thompson-Laulu, Waimarie Weston


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!

11th day of the WHL 2017

The indoor season is coming soon to an end. After last weekend’s NZ Club Championships, tonight were the semi finals of the Wellington League.

The Vikings women faced off versus the Hutt Valley Hunters to battle out the second finalist for the Wellington League final.
The Vikings women started good into the game and build an early lead (3:1, 6:2, 9:4), though half way through the first half, the Hunters woke up and started fighting back (18:12).
The second half saw early on two equal teams battling for the spot in the final. The Vikings women left lots of scoring opportunities unused and though the Hunters fought back and the Vikings lead started melting slowly thinner (28:24, 30:27, 32:30), but then in the last ten minutes of the game our goalie Michaela saved ball after ball and secured the team’s win and spot in the final. Final score 36:31.
Vikings HC – Michaela; Bridget 11, Maddy 9, Hannah C 6, Laura 5, Lisa 5, Siri, Paris, Taye
Hutt Valley Hunters HC – Ailish 9, Marie 9, Georgia 6, Tamara 5,  La 1, xxx, xxx, xxx, xxx 

The Vikings Danes team faced the Vic Uni Turtles in the semi final and it was a game that saw two completely different halves.
The first half was a bit of a shock to the Vikings. The Turtles came prepared and put the Danes under pressure, creating numerous scoring opportunities and exploiting holes in the Vikings defense. On the other side, the Vikings attack suffered from inaccuracy and too much individual play, instead of the team play the team is known for. At halftime the Turtles led surprisingly 17:18 and the Vikings needed a wake up call during the half time break.
The second half started then with a very concentrated Vikings defense and a clinical Vikings attack. The defense forced turnovers and the fast break led to easy goals on the other side (24:20, 29:22). At the end, the Vikings cruised home to a 37:28 win, securing a spot in the final.
Vikings HC Danes – Cassius; Alex 7, Todd 7, Paul 7, Luke 6, Harry 4, Jack 3, Riley 2, Angus 1
Vic Uni HC Turtles – Jerome; Luke 9, Aleksa 6, Adam 4, Oceon 4, Sean 1, Pat D 1, Ben P 1, Ben A 1, Locky 1, Pat T, Nicolas

Other results:
Women – Spartanz HC vs Vic Uni HC Ravens 18:29
Men – Spartanz HC vs Northern Aguilas HC 13:33
Men – Vic Uni HC Wolves vs Vic Uni HC Royals (tbc)
(note: Vikings HC Norse– men – had a bye)