Train with the women’s national team!!!

On the weekend of the  Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st January the women’s beach handball national team has a trainings camp in Melbourne. This is your once in a life time chance to train with the girls from Aussie National Team! Not only will you get to meet the national team, but also get a weekend of top quality coaching and fun!

The cost will be $120 for both days (4 sessions) or $60 for one day (2 sessions).

Please let Olivia Doherty (National Beach Handball Team Manager) or Handball Vic know if you are interested in joining the squad. A great weekend to be had with top quality coaching.

Cheering at the World Championships – photo credit Handball Australia


Victorian Handball School Championships 2017

Handball Vic together with School Sports Victoria are organising the 2017 Handball School Championships.  If interested, please sign up by the 16th October 2017.


Year 9 and 10 girls and boys (not mixed)

28/11/2017 from 10am to 2pm

Albert Park Indoor Sports Centre, Pitt Building,  3 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park VIC-3206

Contact contact the School and Junior Development Coordinator Veronika Page:
Phone:  +61 46 6089 909

Open Position: Team Manager for the Senior National Beach Handball Teams

Handball Australia is looking to fill the position of Beach Handball Teams' Manager:


Applications are invited from suitably qualified people for the Australian-based combined position of National Team Manager – Open Men’s Team and Open Women’s Team.

The position cover both senior teams as Beach Handball events usually have categories for both Men and Women at the same event.


How to register your interest:

Applicants must apply in writing addressing the relevant Criteria for Position (as listed in section of attached Position Description) and stating their credentials, experience and qualifications relative to the position applied for. 


Please submit inquiries and applications are to the Secretary General at and enclosing all relevant documents as attachments.


Equal opportunities:

The AHF is committed to equal opportunities in its employment policies, practices and procedures.

Closing date for applications:  

21 September 2017.


Link to the position description can be found here:

Australian National Team Beach Handball Camp 2018

Last week we got following message from the Australian National Beach Handball Organisation:

2017 is in the bag and will go down as the most successful year to date in the Men's Beach Handball Team's history.


Overall results were: 

  • 22 international games, 14 wins, 8 losses.  
  • The greatest loosing margin in a set was 7 points.
  • We scored 30+ points for the first time in a set.
  • Our shooting average improved from 36% at last year's World Championships to 63% at the World Games.
  • We were the second best defensive team in the World (behind Qatar). 
  • We lost to the best 3 teams at last year's World Championships (Croatia, Brazil, Qatar) by an average of 4 points a set. 


While this can be seen as a major improvement and achievement, we still lost and there is much to improve on. However being that close to the World's best should give everyone a major confidence boost going into 2018. 

More important than the results, over the last few months the group have set the standard, defined values and implemented a culture to be proud of. 

It's one of RESPECT - respect for your teammates, respect for your coaches and support staff, respect for officials and their decisions. 

It's one of PRIDE - pride in your teammates, pride in yourself, pride in your country and the uniform you're wearing. 

It's one of TRUST - trust that everyone is on the same page, trust that everyone is doing their best for the team, trust in the process and decisions. 

It's one of SELFLESSNESS - putting the teams' interest before personal interest. 

It's one of OPENNESS AND HONESTY - open and honest conflict, open and honest communication, open and honest criticism. 

And it's one of SPACE - space to grow, space to voice your concerns, space to be yourself, space to be the best you can be!

Going forward these are the values and standards we hold dear and expect! 

It is called the BAR OF AWESOMENESS

It has been raised and set very high. Entering into this team, this squad, this program you are all held accountable for your own actions, you are all responsible for meeting these standards and raising the bar every single day! 

This is the National Team of Australia, welcome to the squad! 


Training camps:

Training camps will be run on Saturday and Sunday

You are encouraged to fly in on Friday pm and to not book your flights out before 6pm on Sunday to maximise time together. 

We are cost sharing, meaning we add up flight costs and divide by the number of participants to keep the cost the same for every single player.

I will send out flight costs approximately 4 weeks prior to camp.

If you chose to wait longer, book later, book business class or luggage and pay more than the allocated price, you are expected to bear that extra cost yourself. 

If you book early, use points, get free flights, let us know too, so we can adjust total cost of camp. 

As player from the state we're training in, you're expected to do pick ups, drop offs and make a bed or mattress available for your teammates. 

In some cases it may be a little cozy, but it's just what a team does!


Confirmed camp dates are:

Sydney 18/19 November 2017

Melbourne 20/21 January 2018 

Tiger Airways have a special on for November flights, some as low as $33 one way! 

So if you already know you'll be there, let me know and get booking while it's still cheap to save yourself and everyone else a Dollar or two. 

Otherwise another email with allocated flight costs will be send mid October.

From previous camps experience, cost will approximately be between $150 and $200. 

However last year, if players had booked flight specials early, some camps could have cost as little as $50-60. 

We are still awaiting confirmation of date and location of World Championship Qualifiers. 

If, and it's a big if, qualifiers are held in Adelaide on Nationals weekend, we'll put on a day camp the day before Nationals to finetune. 

Also squad members are encouraged to not enter into mixed competition! Team to play Qualifiers will be announced at conclusion of that one day camp!

If qualifiers are held in another country, we'll let you know asap! 

We're still waiting for OCHF and HA confirmation on this! 

To wrap it up, you are responsible for your own training! Just attending a camp every month is not enough if we are going to beat the best in the world. If you do not train, and more importantly play weekly, it is obvious. So organise training, organise games, work individually. 

Finally, it's your responsibility to attend camps in a way that aligns with our standards and values.



For any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact Patrik (0420809666) or Kelso.


2017 Australian Schools Handball Championship

The Australian Handball Federation is proud to extend an invitation to your school to participate in the 2017 Australian Schools Handball Championship to be held in Sydney, from 14 to 16 November 2017. Schools are encouraged to enter as many teams as they like in any or all of the age divisions.



Tuesday 14 November 2017 to Thursday 16 November 2017


Blacktown Leisure Centre Stanhope (Sydney, NSW)

Stanhope Pkwy & Sentry Drive, Stanhope Gardens NSW 2768


Entry fee $250 per team

Registration fees and date due:

Team registrations and full payment of entry fees due on or before

30 September 2017


Under 15 Boys (born 2002 or later) Under 15 Girls (born 2002 or later)

Open age Boys                                     Open age Girls

Team and age limits:

Teams are subject to a limit of 16 players per team, (minimum of 10 players per team). Teams must be school-based. Participants born in 2002 and later are eligible for the Under 15 competition.  Open age participants must still be at school or finishing Year 12 in 2017.

Competition schedule:

The competition will consist of round-robin preliminary rounds followed by semi-finals, finals and play-offs. Full schedules will be published after entries and registrations are completed.

Comp. times:

9am to 6pm each day

Additional opportunities:

Schools may participate in coaching and officiating (refereeing) instruction and training during the event, by request and arrangement with the organiser. Some school resources will be available at the event.


Please complete the on-line entry form at:


Please contact Alex Gavrilovic on 0414-614560 or at


Please deposit your full payment (clearly identifying your school) at:

Handball Australia

BSB: 06 2124   Account No.: 1026 0483

Expression of Interest for Victorian State Team

The 2017 Senior Nationals will be held at Blacktown Leisure Centre, Stanhope Gardens in Sydney (NSW) from Thursday 5th (approx. 12pm) to Sunday 8th October (5pm).

There is a significant amount of organising that needs to be done for thid event (accommodation, uniforms etc), so in order for Handball VIC to make the necessary arrangements and give people enough time to book flights, the team will be announced on Monday 4th September

To be eligible for selection, all players must complete the following criteria by Saturday 26th August:

  1. Be financially registered with Handball VIC
  2. Complete and return the attached form indicating your availability to
  3. Pay $170 deposit into the account (details below)

The $170 deposit will be used to purchase required accommodation, uniforms and equipment. Should the total cost per player be under $170 asa result of fundraising activites, players will have the difference refunded.

it is the player's responsibility to ensure their availability for the tournament and to book necessary flights/transportation. The $170 deposit will only be refunded should a player a) not be selected in the final team or b)is unable to attend due to injury. Any player not selected in the final team will have their $170 deposit returned on Friday 15th September.

Payment of deposit is to be done into the following account:
Handball VIC Incorporated
BSB 033181
Account No. 549326

24 Hour Beach Tournament in Christchurch New Zealand

The Christchurch International
Open 24-Hour Beach Handball Tournament


Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd of December 2017

The Elmwood Club Urban Beach Court

83d Heaton Street, Christchurch, New Zealand

Canterbury Handball is proud to host this unique 24hr beach handball event. Please see the attached information and register your interest at the contacts below. We will then be in touch personally with further registration details.


Important Dates/Deadlines


  • Expression of Interest (NZ$250 non-refundable deposit)   11th September 2017
  • Team Entry Registration  09th October 2017 (Balance of entry fee due)
  • International 24hour Tournament 2nd December 2017



Contact Details:

Canterbury Handball Association


Bank Details:

SBS Bank 031355 0630217 00





83D Heaton St

Strowan, Christchurch

New Zealand




The Urban Beach at the Elmwood Club was once a bowling green but was destroyed in the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. Since then it has been filled with 900 tonnes of fresh sand. It is New Zealand’s number 1 beach handball venue.


The area can hold 2 full sized beach courts with clean, debris free sand and has a clubhouse attached with an upstairs bar open to participants.

The Elmwood Club is the home of many Christchurch sports clubs. During the tournament other clubs affiliated with Elmwood will showcase their sports. The weekend will be a community event and the gates will remain open for the entire 24 hours of the tournament. Security will provide safety around the venue during the hours of darkness.



Elmwood Park is in near the heart of Christchurch close to Papanui Road about 15 min walk from Christchurch CBD. A supermarket, restaurants and shops are within walking distance.



From the airport, your team will be picked up and shuttled to your accommodation or venue. Canterbury Handball will assign you a local host to help you to get around and answer all your questions.



Due to the tournament being held over the Saturday night, the teams will only require accommodation for Friday and Sunday nights depending on travel arrangements. Canterbury Handball is working on accommodation options to help with these arrangements please advise us on your arrival and departure times.



For NZ$15 per person Canterbury Handball can provide a breakfast on the tournament Sunday. You can select your preferred choice at the time of registration.

Food stalls are available from 11 o’clock in the morning.

Water is available at any time.



 Tournament Briefing and official opening on Saturday at 11am.

The tournament starts at 12 noon on Saturday and ends 24hrs later on Sunday.


There will be three categories

  • Women’s
  • Men’s
  • Social mixed


Each category will consist of a maximum of 5 teams. The tournament will be played in a round robin format with the top four finishing teams going through to semi-finals and finals.


Night games, from 10pm-6am, have been allocated a longer 1hour time slot to allow athletes sufficient rest.


Referees will be rostered into the draw to allow sufficient rest for those who are player/refs.



Games will be officiated in accordance of the International Handball Federation Beach Handball rules. Score sheets will be handed to the tournament administration immediately after the game ends.


In event of a dispute Canterbury Handball will provide a Disciplinary and Dispute Committee.



Each Team will be provided with one complete set of uniforms for the tournament. (This is included in the registration fee). These uniforms will be yours to keep and sizes can be chosen on the registration form.



The men’s and women’s teams consists of maximum of 10 athletes.

The social mixed teams can have 10 athletes and must allow for 2 females to be present on court at all times.


Each team will name a minimum of 2 people to referee and teams will be asked to provide people for duty. These can be registered players and we will do our best to allow the officials sufficient rest time.



  • Alcohol is provided at the Venue, however this will be restricted and monitored. Misconduct by a single person will result in the disqualification of the entire team.
  • Before entering the clubhouse facilities, players must be clean and have appropriate footwear on.
  • There will be rest/sleeping areas and indoor/outdoor showers at the venue.
  • A Physio/First Aider will be on site to assist with minor injuries.
  • Sunscreen and water will be provided.



There are no postponement dates for this tournament. This means despite the weather the tournament will go ahead rain or shine. Canterbury weather is unpredictable even in summer so we urge all athletes to bring appropriate clothing to keep warm and dry.




  • Expression of Interest (NZ$250 non-refundable deposit)   11th September 2017
  • Team Entry Registration NZ$ 500  09th October 2017 (Balance of entry fee due)





As a member of the New Zealand Handball Federation, Canterbury Handball Association is granted the right to use photos and other graphic materials of players and officials as well as team names, logos, uniforms etc. for promotion of the sport.



The tournament director and organizing committee will act as the Disciplinary and Disputes Committee to decide on any dispute or disciplinary issue.

Current vacancies

We are currently looking for :

  • Both a Women's and Men's State Coaches
  • Women's and Men's Team Manager
  • A general Handball Vic Board Committee Member


The Position descriptions can be downloaded below. 


To Apply:

Please provide a letter outlining your interest and what you can bring to Handball VIC in this position until July 21, 2017.

If you need further clarification please do not hesitate to email Handball VIC


Handball Australia is seeking Youth Beach Handball National Players!

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) added three new sports at the Youth Olympics, which already take effect at this coming Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires in 2018. One of these sports is Beach Handball and Australia is a hot contestant to send a junior team to South America.

The road to Buenos Aires goes through a couple of qualification stages. Firstly, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has to shortlist 4 sports for each boys and girls to see which sports Australia qualifies. Beach Handball is on that list and so far the teams are going strong. As Allira Hudson-Gofers, the juniors national coach and representative of Handball Australia explains: “The International Handball Federation (IHF) qualification pathway was first to place[our teams] in the top 2 in Oceania, which our boys won undefeated and the girls lost their final so made them the second qualifier as runners-up”.

The next qualifying step is the U17 World Championships in Mauritius from 11-16 July 2017. Hudson- Gofers mentions: “We need to be the top Oceania team there. Once qualified, the Australian Olympic Committee chooses from among the 4 shortlist depending on what other sports end up qualifying.”

Even though the team is going strong, the Australian beach teams are on the lookout for more players. “We are looking for 3 more boys and 4 girls,” said Allira Hudson-Gofers. To do so, a junior beach selection camp is held over the weekend of the 3-4 June in Brighton Le Sands in NSW. Allira also says: “If they want to be considered for selection they must turn up to this camp.” Therefore, if any 14-17 year old is interested representing Australia in beach handball, we are interested hearing of them. This is a once off chance to get into an up and coming sport, which we
hope will soon be also represented at the Olympic Games. For more information, contact your state handball association or Handball Australia directly.

For anyone else, who is interested to see what Beach Handball is all about, the women’s national team are having a training camp in Melbourne on the 17-18 June and train at South Melbourne beach. Spectators are welcome and any support is greatly appreciated.