FAST AND FURIOUS – BEACH HAND-BALL 

Australia dominated last weekend’s Oceania Beach Handball championships, a qualifying tournament at Coolangatta taking out both the men’s and women’s titles.

Australia on attack against the Kiwis

Their victory qualifies them for the ANOC World beach games in Bali in July, an event that includes a multitude of sports, beach hand ball one of them.

In last weekend’s spectacular action Australia beat New Zealand in the final winning two sets. The Kiwis beat the Aussies in their pool match but Australia were in no mood to come second and took out the nail-biting final, with several spectacular goals from both sides.

LETHAL ON ATTACK

The men’s final was much tighter from start to finish. Australia took out the first set in golden goal after the half ended in a tie. New Zealand bounced back to take out the second set during which the least changed hands several times as both teams produced brilliant patches of play.

Australia got the upper hand in the shootout, New Zealand goalie Thomas Roxburgh making a crucial save which levelled the scores and took the game into golden goal. Australia nudged ahead and New Zealand came agonisingly close to levelling again only for a strong shot to hit the cross-bar and bounce away.

The Oceania Beach Handball Championships had national teams from Australia , New Zealand, Cook Islands and American Samoa.

AGOST RADZIK - Kiwi Star And Interesting Interview Below With Him

The Cook Island and American Samoa were the other teams competing.

COMMITTMENT ... IN BOTH ATTACK AND DEFENCE

In the women’s section Australia clean-sweeped the awards with Claudia Mitchell winning the MVP and was the leading goal scorer with Jemima Harbord the top goal-keeper.

SPEED AND PRECISION
FIERCE COMPETITORS BUT RESPECT AFTERWARDS

Australia's victory qualifies them for the ANOC World beach games in Bali in July

Listen to my (John Alexander) interview with Australia star Rose Boyd and an interesting young New Zealander from the men’s team. Agost Radzik was born in Hungary then moved out to New Zealand as an eight year-old, living in the Marlborough Sounds and attending both Queen Charlotte College and Marlborough Boys College.

He’s now attending Otago University majoring in psychology and has excelled in numerous other sports including surfing, badminton, rugby, swimming and water polo.

Story by John Alexander | All photos by Tony Stretch

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