An overview over the Australian Open Club Championships 2017

The Australian Open Club Championships observed a great weekend filled with Handball and excitement. We had the chance to witness some top-notch Handball displayed by Handball teams from all over Australia and Oceania.

Day 1 and 2 saw teams battling it out in their respective pools to finish at the top and find a spot in the semi-finals. Day 3 witnessed some close games from top teams in both categories with audience glued to their seats to find out who would make the finals. The AOCC also had the privilege to witness a Wheelchair Handball Exhibition Match displayed between Darebin City and Coconut Handball Club.

With a winning streak, our visitors from New Caledonia – AS Dumbea made it to the finals in the Women’s category. With immense speed and strength, they gave defending champions Melbourne Handball Club a tough time from the very first second of the game. In a nail biting match, AS Dumbea came out victorious by one goal, winning 27-26. Their youngest and strongest, Cassidy Chambonnier was also crowned the Most Valueable Player and the Top Scorer of the tournament with 60 goals, more than any other player in the tournament.

The men’s finals observed an equally close game between UTS and Sydney Uni with the defending champions taking the title 30-24. The team will now move on to the Super Globe World Championships to be held in Qatar. While Caleb Gahan from the Wolves was crowned Most Valueable Player, he tied with Joan Carnillo (Check name) from UTS for Top Scorer with 37 goals each.

On the other hand, Maikel Takken and Manon Vernay took the title for the Best Goalkeepers in the tournament in their respective categories.

The President of Handball Australia, Helen Boyd blessed us with her presence and presented winners with medals and trophies, only to bring the AOCC 2017 to a close.

Sydney Uni HC and UTS HC Team 1 in the final of the Australian and Oceanian Open Club Championships in Geelong, VIC.

Most Valuable Players and the AOCC Dream Team

During the championships, we have seen plenty of great handball talent, incredible goals and top play. Though there have been some players that have been outstanding throughout the whole tournament and where the stats stacked up too. Therefore we could crown the following players for their superb performance: 
Most Valuable Players:

Men's: Caleb Gahan (Wolves HC) - 19 vote points
Women's: Cassidy Chambonnier (AS Dumbea) - 20 vote points

Top scorers:

Men's: Caleb Gahan and Joan Cornella (both 37 goals)
Women's: Cassidy Chambonnier (50 goals, excluding the final)

Australian Open Dream Teams:

GK: Maikel Takken (Sydney)
LW: Joan Cornella (Sydney)
RW: Vicente Sancho (Sydney)
LB: Arnaud Dib (UTS)
CB: Caleb Gahan (Wolves HC)
RB: Daan Versleeuwen (Sydney)
Pivot: Karl Warrener (UTS)


GK: Manon Vernay (Melbourne)
LW: Elaine Koeber (UTS)
RW: Jane Kirk (UTS)
LW: Elsa Perhag (Melbourne)
CB: Cassidy Chambonnier (AS Dumbea)
RB: Olivia Vaitanaki (AS Dumbea)

Pivot: Ana Medjed (Melbourne)

Day 2 of the Australian and Oceanian Club Champoinships

Day 2 of the Australian Open Club Championships saw St Kilda HC entering the men’s competition. After two close games and two draws for St Kilda HC, Group B finished with UTS 1 on top, St Kilda HC second and West Coast Handball missing the finals by just one goal.

In the men’s Group A, Sydney University continued their crusade and managed to clinch the top spot on the ladder. With one game left to play in Group B, it looks like the Wolves will take the second spot in the finals to face UTS 1. Archrivals Sydney Uni and St Kilda HC will be facing off in the other semi-final.

In the women’s competition, AS Dumbea progressed to the semifinals after two convincing wins. Melbourne HC finished second in Group A behind AS Dumbea by goal difference. AS Dumbea will face Auckland in the semi-final on Saturday whilst Melbourne HC will face last year’s finalists UTS.

We’re looking forward to an exciting Saturday afternoon when the finals kick off at the Corio Leisuretime Centre!

Saturday Fixtures

Court 2
StartEndGameTeam 1Team 2RefBench
09:0010:20MA5UTS 2Wolves HCDani /BibiSouthSide/Deakin
10:2011:40W-EliminationSydney UniSouthSide/DeakinMHC MMHC M
11:4012:40WheelchairDarebin CityCoconut HCVeronika 
12:4014:00WS1Dumbea HAAuckland UnitedSydney Uni MSydney Uni M
14:0015:20WS2Melbourne HCUTSWolves HCWolves HC
15:2016:40MS1Sydney UniSt Kilda HCCanterbury QuakesUTS W
16:4018:00MS2Wolves HCUTS 1Canterbury QuakesSydney Uni W
Court 2
StartEndGameTeam 1Team 2RefBench
12:4014:00MEliminationUTS 2West Coast UTS 1UTS 1

Day 1 of the Australian and Oceanian Club Champoinships

Opening match: Title defender Sydney Uni play against Brisbane Wolves HC

The first day at the Australian and Oceanian Open Club Championships was a success. The day started strongly with the title defending Sydney Uni men’s handball team beating the Wolves HC from Brisbane with 31 to 17 points. That said, it was not a one-sided game at all. The Wolves started off the game with 7 points to 1 against the favourite, Sydney Uni. Most through the match the two teams then were neck and neck, until towards the end of the second half Sydney Uni extended their lead and won.

Also in the first round of the men’s games, Melbourne HC could win the opening match against UTS 31-29 in a very tough game.  Melbourne HC mostly dominated the match and came in strong from the first minute. The strong and tactical play from Bojan Jasper and Dragan Javanovic, such as tall Oliver Mitchel on the wing, Melbourne could get through the UTS defence in the first half of the game and scored plentifully. Only in the second half, UTS manages to fight back and reduced the 7 point lead of Melbourne to a 2 goals lead.

In the last men’s match of the day the dominant UTS team won over West Coast HC with plenty of fast breaks with a total of 31 to 24 goals.

In the women’s competition, the title defending Melbourne HC won easily in the opening match against Sydney Uni with 34 to 18. At the same time, in the neighbouring hall, Auckland won 23 to 12 over SouthSide/Deakin HC. Unlike the score result, the match was extremely even in the first half with both teams scoring very little. Though in the second half Auckland’s shots find the goal more often, where SouthSide HC seems to miss a lot of opportunities.

Later that day, Auckland HC got a second match against the UTS women, in which UTS women defeat them in a very fast and emotionally charged match. The final score was 20 goals for UTS against 11 for Auckland. At the same time, the two strong teams of Sydney Uni and Canterbury Quakes played each other in an extremely close game. Both teams fought for the lead, but only towards the end, the Canterbury Quakes managed to get that all important win with 28 to 26 points.

The AOCC day one went out with a literal bang, as the two favourites, Melbourne HC and Dumbea HB from New Caledonia played each other in the probably most physical match of the day. In the first half Dumbea HC seemed to be unstoppable, with players like the only 17-year-old Cassidy Chambonnier scoring pretty much every shot towards the goal. Not even an Elsa Perhag, who has the strongest shot in the Australian women’s league, could get through the defence. Only in the second half, the Melbourne team managed to fight back and shoot several goals past the strong New Caledonian goalkeeper, Madeline Faupala, and finish the game even with both teams scoring 21 points.


Last years winner, Melbourne HC, playing against the UTS womens team

Letter from the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events: Hon John Eren

Yesterday, we got a lovely letter from the Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events in Victoria. This we would like to share with you:

"On behalf of the Victorian Government, welcome to our major events capital Victoria, proud hosts of the Australian Open Club Championships, at Leisuretime Centre in Geelong. Victoria lives and breathes sport. We’re home to some of the biggest events in the world including the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, Australian Open tennis, and Melbourne’s famous Spring Racing Carnival.

The Leisuretime Centre is regarded as one of Victoria’s finest regional sport facilities and provides a multi-purpose indoor venue for both competitors and spectators to enjoy.  We are delighted to be hosting the Australian Open Club Championships for the third time. Featuring more than eight men’s and women’s teams from Australia and overseas countries, spectators can look forward to four days of action-packed competition and a great atmosphere.

The Victorian Government is proud to  have provided support to Handball Victoria through the Significant Sporting Events Program to stage this fantastic event. Showcasing athletes in our own backyard provides inspiration for fans to emulate their heroes, join a club and get active and healthy through sport and recreation.

I invite all our guests to experience all the delights Victoria has to offer, starting with the Geelong region. There’s an enviable array of stunning beaches, restaurants, parks, museums, galleries and family–friendly attractions to enjoy.I wish all visitors, competitors, officials and volunteers a safe and exciting Australian Open Club Championships and an enjoyable stay here in Victoria.

Hon John Eren MP

Minister for Sport, Tourism and Major Events"


Best Thanks to the Minister and the Victorian Government for your support and we are excited to share our sport with you all!

Picture: Chris Eastman

Come and Watch!

The Australian Open Club Championships is the leading Handball tournament in the Oceanian region and the largest Australian handball event since the Sydney Olympics with over 250 players participating.

The winner of the men’s division qualifies for the Club World Cup in Qatar.

The best part is: The entrance to the games are FREE! Come along and watch Australia’s best Men’s and Women’s Handball Club Teams to be crowned Australian Club Champions.