Robbie Bradley Yr13, NZ Men's Handball Team
Congratulations to Robbie Bradley who was selected as a member of the New Zealand Men’s Handball Team, to represent NZ at the recent Oceania Men’s Handball World Championship Qualifier tournament in Sydney, Australia on 22 & 23 June.
NZ unfortunately were unable to overcome the strong Australian side, however the team played well and learnt a lot, and there is now a group of Scots boys training twice a week and hoping to be selected to go to Samoa in September with the NZ U20 team.
Handball is an Olympic sport played on a 20 x 40m indoor court with goals at each end. The ball is passed between team mates at high speed and attacking players use fast counter attacks and clever moves to overcome the defence and create opportunities to score.
Only the goalkeeper is allowed in the 6m semicircle surrounding the goal. The final confrontation between shooter and goal keeper adds to the dramatic outcome of an attack. Handball is reputed to be the fastest team ball sport. There is a great deal of physical contact and end-to-end action involving high jumps, powerful throws and spectacular agility.
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