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Date: 12/15/2014

A tournament of surprises! It is for the first time in the history of the IHF Trophy in Oceania that the Competition was not won by Australia in any of the tournaments.

 The men’s Competition was rather exciting as hosts New Zealand lost the opening match against New Caledonia 27:29 in Group A. Group B started just as exciting, as Tahiti surprisingly clearly defeated the defending Champion Australia 26:19. Until the end of the Preliminary Round both New Caledonia and Tahiti won all of their matches while New Zealand and Australia also qualified for the semi finals.

 In the first semi final Australia narrowly defeated New Caledonia 23:21 in a very exciting match, while Tahiti showed their intention of winning the Competition by defeating the host an organizer New Zealand narrowly 31:29. The Final, just as the two semi finals was a rather exciting affair. After showing an amazing defensive performance Tahiti defeated Australia 20:17 and thus qualified for the Inter Continental Phase of the IHF Trophy. In the bronze medal match New Caledonia was better than host New Zealand and won 29:25.

 In the women’s competition it was New Zealand, Vanuatu, Australia and New Caledonia that qualified for the semis. In that part of the Competition Australia was too strong for Vanuatu and won the match clearly 28:11, while host New Zealand had to work really hard in a match dominated by the defences to win narrowly 13:11. The Final between the traditional rivals Australia and New Zealand was  once again a match where the defences where playing the key role. New Zealand won 11:7. In the match for bronze medal, New Caledonia was better than Vanuatu clearly 30:12

 During the Event, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. John Key  had a chance to be introduced to handball as he attended the matches of the New Zealand teams.

 As is usual practice, the International Handball Federation organized seminars for referees and coaches during the Event. The coaches course was headed by Mr. Frantisek Taborsky (CZE) while the course for referees was staged by Mr. Roger Xhonneux (BEL).

 The full match summary as well as the final ranking can be found on the following link: