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Date: 10/13/2017
 

The 2017 Australian Open Handball Championships saw a tough competition between states to determine the national champions, with both men’s and women’s sides competing in the tournament in Sydney from 5 to 8 October. Queensland’s women’s side avenged their loss in the 2016 final at the hands of Victoria, as they beat the same rivals with a commanding final score of 20:9 to raise the trophy, while New South Wales defeated Victoria 24:20 and claimed the men’s title.

 

Queensland were undefeated throughout their campaign and entered the final as the favourites to emerge with the trophy. They did not falter, leading clearly with a score of 13:2 at half-time and dominating the match to the final whistle.

 

The bronze medal in the women’s competition was won by New Zealand, who beat Western Australia 22:20. New South Wales ranked fifth after defeating the Australian Capital Territory 17:15 in their play-off.

 

For the men’s New South Wales side, this year’s victory marks the end of a six-year drought and follows their loss in the historic 2016 final against first-time winners South Australia. The 2017 trophy match versus Victoria was level through the first 45 minutes before the home team created the decisive difference.

 

The ACT recorded a narrow victory against Queensland to finish with the bronze medal in the men’s tournament. After holding a five-goal advantage at 17:12 at half-time, the ACT let the comfortable lead slip as Queensland scored seven unanswered goals – but the ACT held on to finish with the win and leave the young QLD team frustrated with such a close defeat.

 

More information and photo highlights can be found on the Handball Australia Facebook page.


Photo: Bob Wood/Handball Australia

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