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Date: 10/5/2017

The Australian University Games were held from September 24 to 29 on Queensland’s Gold Coast, with 11 teams competing in the mixed handball competition. Griffith University won the gold medal after beating the University of Canberra 35:24 in the final, while Queensland University of Technology claimed bronze following a 25:23 victory against Western Sydney University.


The competition began with a round-robin phase, during which all teams, representing three states, faced each other. From the preliminary matches, the top four sides proceeded to the semi-finals, while the next four contested the 5-8 placement round. In the semi-finals, champions Griffith University won 22:19 against Western Sydney, and the University of Canberra beat Queensland University of Technology 25:21.


The final ranking for the 2017 Australian Uni Games handball competition is as follows:


1. Griffith University

2. University of Canberra

3. Queensland University of Technology

4. Western Sydney University

5. University of Technology Sydney

6. Australian College of Physical Education

7. University of Sydney

8. University of Queensland

9. University of New South Wales

10. Bond University


The multi-sport Australian Uni Games were first held in 1993 in Brisbane, Queensland, and have taken place annually since the maiden event, attracting 6,000 participants per year. Handball has been part of the Uni Games since 2007, with a men’s competition run from 2007 to 2010 before the tournament became mixed in 2011. In 2017, handball was featured alongside 32 other sports.


Based on the results of all sports featured in the Games, an Overall Champion university is named. The University of Sydney, known in international handball circles for their participation in the IHF Super Globe, are the most successful university with regard to this ranking, having claimed the title nine times. In 2017, the University of Technology Sydney finished as Overall Champions.



Photo: Griffith University