Australia’s top handball team, Sydney University, surpassed all expectations for this year’s IHF Super Globe, finishing fourth behind FC Barcelona, last night in Doha.
The Aussies went down to FC Barcelona 30:20 (15:10 at the break), in the third-place play-off, but not before rattling the European Champions. At the outset, Sydney hit the front with two quick and unanswered goals from pivot Pierre Bonnin, and kept up the pressure on FC Barcelona via a three-goal spree from Diego Llorente, taking a 6:3 lead at the ten minute mark.
Sydney University Handball club went down to Hungarian Champions, MKB-MVM Veszprém, 29:17, in last night’s Super Globe semi-final in Doha.
The Australian champions put in a remarkable first-half performance, keeping the Hungarians to only 9 goals in thirty minutes. Uni kept up the pressure on Veszprém up until the 40th minute mark, staying within striking distance of the Hungarians, but then a three-goal spree had the Aussies trailing by five with 15 minutes on the clock.
Sydney University Handball Club held-off a late challenge from Qatari club, Al Sadd, to claim their first victory at the IHF Super Globe, winning by a single goal 21:20, last night in Doha.
Sydney University’s win comes after four appearances at the prestigious international event that brings together all continental club champions.
Australia drew with the eventual winners of the IHF Emerging Nations Men’s Championship, the Faroe Islands, recorded a big win against Armenia and finished with their only loss of the group phase against hosts Kosovo, but it was not enough to earn a spot in the qualification phase.
Instead the team took to the court for three placement matches, which saw Australia emerge victorious after facing Albania, a tough loss in the highly anticipated match against Great Britain, and finally a tense game against Bulgaria that ended with a penalty shootout.
Australia took their first two points of the IHF Emerging Nations Championship with a decisive victory over Armenia on Monday.
Australia vs Armenia 61:20 (28:9)
Australia had a mission to score as many goals as possible on Monday, as the team could still qualify for the second phase if Kosovo beat Faroe Islands in the second match of the evening.
Coach Jan Ottosen approached the game with this in mind:
Both the Australia U19 Women and U20 Men placed second at the 2014 Oceania IHF Trophy held in Wellington New Zealand between December 8-13.
The Women progressed through the rounds and semi-finals undefeated, meeting New Zealand in the finals. Both teams played heavy defence with the Australians unable to break through and down 1:6 at half time. The Aussie girls had their chances and at 15 minutes before the end started their best period of play to close the gap to 2, but ultimately finishing up 11:7.
The Oceania Continent Handball Federation held its Congress in Guam between October 23-24 at the Oceania Nations Olympic Committee office in Guam on October 23-24. The President of the IHF, Dr Moustafa attended the Congress and opened the proceedings. The meeting recognised the new body and asked the existing member nations to recognise and endorse the new member countries, now numbering 16 in total.