Members of the UWA Handball Club were involved in Handball West’s squad that finished in fourth place at the recent National Championship in Sydney from 4-8 October. After many tough and hard fought games, they went down to Team New Zealand in the bronze final match.
Out of the 13 players who travelled to Sydney, 9 were from the UWA Handball Club, including 3 UWA students.
The sport of handball continues to grow in Australia, following on from the success and popularity it enjoys in Europe. After becoming a spectacle of recent Olympics, interest and excitement in the sport has extended across the country.
The UWA Handball Club is working hard to promote the sport within WA, and is always looking for new players to take up handball. In line with its European popularity, most of the club’s players are European, but the team does feature several Australians.
The UWA Handball Club was established in 2009. They train at the UWA Fitness Centre, and have a history of success in the Australian University Games, with several silver and bronze medals. The team have also been TSWA Handball Champions twice.
Speaking of the recent trip to Sydney, UWA Handball Club Secretary Martine said, “We came back as a stronger team and better players, and that’s more important than winning the medal.”
With the indoor handball season finishing soon, the club looks to start playing beach handball for the summer, before the indoor season resumes in the mid-February.
The club hopes to send team to Club Championships next May, as well as heading back to the National Championship with the aim of bringing back a medal.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events