8th week of WHL 2017

In the 8th week of the Wellington Handball League, the men competition entered round 2. Round 2 split the 7 teams into a Cup competition (Top 4) and a Shield competition (Bottom 3).
For the Vikings men teams this translates, that the Danes will play the Cup competition as they placed 2nd in the Round 1 and the Norse will play the Shield competition as they placed 5th and narrowly missed the qualification for the Cup competition.

While the Vikings Norse had a bye on game day 8, the Danes were facing the Spartanz, who placed 3rd in Round 1.
The Danes started off with our Pivot Jacko in goal as for different reasons non of our goalkeepers could make it today. The team started the game very well off and build a quick 12:4 lead. Jacko in goal surprised the Spartanz multiple times with stunning saves and that gave the team even more confidence. Though the Spartanz didn’t want to gave this game up at all and ought back. While Danes went into half time with a 15:10 lead, the coach made clear that this game isn’t won yet and requested the team to keep going and not letting it slip.
The second half started as the first one ended, the Spartanz fought goal by goal their way back into the game (21:18). Half way through the second half, the Danes, stepped up their defense efforts and forced the opposition into turnovers and finally broke up the score with a range of fast breaks back to a more comfortable lead (28:21, 32:22).
At the end the Danes managed to come out as winner (37:27) with a well played game and lots of positives to take from. It seemed some of our less experienced players got the ‘real’ hang of it now and developed a nice feel for the game. Certainly something overall will led to more depth within the team (Norse and Danes together), especially for future competitions.
Also a great shout-out to Jacko, who had an absolute stunner game as goalkeeper.
Vikings HC Danes – Jack; Harry 10, Luke 8, Angus H 6, Todd 4, Riley 3, Paul 3, Alex 3
Spartanz HC – Rhys, Thomas R; Nick P 8, Max 6, Scott 4, Willy 3, Tom T 2, Sam 2, Fred 2, Shyam

The Vikings women team faced today the Hutt Valley Hunters. While the team had today very good player numbers, the team also had to deal with the fact that the majority of the team was participating all week on the Women National team training camp, so tiredness was part of the deal. If that wasn’t enough Michaela, our goalkeeper, couldn’t come either and therefore lots of improvising was required.
The team started great and the score was closed all of the first half, with the Hunters taking a 13:14 lead into half time. The second half didn’t go that well for the Vikings girls who wasn’t able to score much in the second half, while allowing to many own turnovers which resulted in easy fast break opportunities for the Hunters. The game ended in a 22:32 loss, but the score was misleading the fact how well the Vikings women played most of the game. Congratulations to the Hunters who played a solid game for 60 minutes.
Thanks to Catherine and Alex, our two Otago loans who were in town and helped out. Also thanks to Maddy, who was actually out of order due to sickness but she volunteered and came through as goalie replacement and showed off some good saves.
Vikings HC – Maddy; Laura 7, Catherine 4, Nina 4, Amelie 3, Alex 2, Bridget 2, Hannah C, Siri, Taye, Malin
Hutt Valley Hunters HC – Tahndae; La 9, Georgia 8, Shrena 7, Marie 3, Te Hau 3, Tamara 2, xxx 

Other results:
Women – Victoria University HC vs Spartanz HC 21:11
Men – Vic Uni HC Royals vs Vic Uni HC Wolves 20:22
Men – Vic Uni HC Turtles vs Northern Aguilas HC 20:36
(note: Vikings HC Norse– men – had a bye)

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

7th Week of WHL 2017

Another eventful Sunday of the Wellington Handball League.

The Vikings women team were facing off with the Vic Uni Ravens and the game was close, competitive and surely good to watch. Both teams added recently some new players, mainly foreign players, so there was a certain expectation of both teams raising their level of play.
Vic Uni started from the get go and build a slight 2 goal lead that they defended most of the game. While the Vikings played reasonable well in attack their defence still offered the Ravens way too many easy scoring opportunities and so they never really managed to equalise or even get in the lead. In the last 10-12 minutes, the Ravens, were able to add a couple of goals to the lead. The Vikings fought hard, came back to a 2 goal deficit (20:22) but the Ravens hold on to the lead and and finished with a 21:26 win.
Vikings HC – Michaela; Maddy 7, Amelie 5, Bridget 3, Hannah C 2, Paris 1, Nina 1, Laura 1, Taye 1, Siri, Malin
Vic Uni HC – Abbey; Ida 12, Maddie 8, Maja 3, Monique 1, Kelsey 1, Meli 1, Hanne, Antonia, Chrissy, Isaure

The Vikings Norse team was facing the Vic Uni Turtles fighting for a place in the Top 4. As this was the last round of the Pool – Round Robin, the winner of this game pretty much qualified for the Top 4 round. Both teams were obviously very focused and aiming to win.
The Turtles came out blazing and build a quick lead (0:3, 1:6, 3:10) that caught the Vikings team quite a bit from the side. For some reason the Norse really struggled and the Turtles knew how to capitalise on those struggles, while going with a 10:20 into halftime.
In the second half the Norse wanted to ensure the desaster happened in the first half won’t be repeated and they played with a bit more structured. Still unnecessary turnovers invited the Turtles to easy fast break goals that pretty much broke the Norse spirit towards the end of the game. The closes the Norse came was within 6 goals, but that wasn’t enough to shake the Turtles. Congratulations to the Turtles for a well deserved win (23:35) and the qualification for the Top 4.
Vikings HC Norse – Cassius, James; Daniel 13, Sam 3, Wagner 3, Nico 2, Miguel 2, PJ, Michael, Pierre, Rakesh
Vic Uni HC Turtles – Andrija, Jerome; Ben P 8, Aleksa 5, Luke 5, Ocean 5, Patrick D 4, Thomas 3, Ben A 3, Michael 1, Tile 1, Will, Sean, Pat

The Vikings Danes faced today the Northern Aguilas, a top of the table clash, first versus second. Even that both teams were already qualified for the Top4, there was a lot of pride to gain in this game. As expected the game was close most of the time, mainly with the Northern Aguilas leading by 1 or 2, but the Danes fought hard to stay close. Unfortunately too many unforced turnovers in attack invited the Aguilas to easy goals and that should proof to be the difference on this day. Both teams had really good goalkeeper today that kept the game very exciting for the audience. After a 11:13 half time lead, the Aguilas pulled away over the last 6-8 minutes of the game to secure a 20:28 win and finishing the Pool round on top of the table. Congratulations Aguilas, well done!
Vikings HC Danes – Loann; Paul 6, Luke 5, Alex 5, Todd 2, Jack 1, Harry 1, Angus 
Northern Aguilas HC – Yoshi; Nick 8, Tim 8, James C 4, James P 3, Jono 2, Cam 1, Aaron 1, Oscar 1, Max, Tyler, Matt


For the men competition that was the last day of the Pool Round and now we will have another set of Pool Rounds – a Top4 and a Bottom3 competiton based on a Round Robin.

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


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.