no doubt that 2012 is the best year ever for Australian Handball in
terms of participation in significant handball events. Following the
Australian Menís Team winning convincingly over New Zealand in the
Oceania Region World Championship Qualifier, the beach handball teams
equally performed very well in the 5th Beach Handball World
Championships held in Oman during 7-13 July 2013.
The Womenís Beach Handball Team finished in 8th position out
of 12 participating handball nations. The Womenís Beach Handball Team
won their games against China, Singapore and Poland. Being in the top
ten of the participating nations, the Australian Womenís Beach Handball
Team is assured of an automatic entry into the next World
Beach Games Championship to be held in Columbia, 2013. The menís team also showcased its Aussie fighting
spirit and skills on the sand.
|Back Row: Boris Mensing
[Assist. Coach], Amelia Wallace, Kate Napier, Clare Murray, Allira
Hudson-Gofers, Alice Keighley, Leah Cece [reserve], Nanna Hedberg
Front Row: Daniela Cook, Taylee Lewis, Vanja Smiljanic, Rosa
Boyd, Emma van Bussel [ Capt.]
Australia and the Australian handball family congratulate the beach
handball players and officials on their fine performance. They are
also proud that Australian Womenís Handball Team came a very close third
in Fair Play Award, with
winning it; whereas Spain won the menís award with Australian Menís
Handball Team a very close 2nd.
Back Row: Boris Mensing [Coach], Dan
Epstein, Andrew Mills, Lucas Turecek [ Capt.], Ben Dawson,
Andrew Kelso, Nanna Hedberg [ Assist. Coach ].
Front Row: Nick Thompson, Tim Harvey, David Hudson, David
addition to the beach handball teamsí great performance in the
tournament, Handball Australia is also proud that for the first time an
Australian was invited to be a Technical Delegate in the competition.
Although it was the first time that Mark Dawson of Queensland Team
Handball Association had this role in the tournament, he was appointed
as Delegate in three of the placement matches: the 9th v 10th
place Womenís between Poland and China; the 5th v 6th
Menís between Egypt and Spain; and to the Menís Bronze Medal Playoff for
3rd v 4th between Croatia and Russia. No doubt,
that aside from directly benefiting him, the experience he gained will
be valuable for, and benefit, both Australia and Oceania.
Commonwealth Games being held in Australiaís Gold Coast in 2018, there
is greater push for beach handball and indoor handball to be included in
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