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.