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Date: 5/9/2017
 

The IHF U17 Beach Handball World Championship – Men's & Women's Qualification Games took place from May 2 to 5 in Rarotonga, Cook Islands, with Australia, American Samoa and New Zealand securing places at the 2017 IHF U17 Beach Handball World Championship.

 

The U17 World Championship is organised for the first time in 2017 as a qualification pathway for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, where beach handball will make its debut in the Olympic programme.

 

Two teams from each gender category qualified to represent Oceania at the World Championship, with Australia’s men’s and women’s sides both booking spots in Mauritius, while American Samoa claimed the other women’s place and New Zealand qualified as the second men’s side.

 

American Samoa won the women’s competition at the Qualification Games, beating Australia 2:0 in the final, while Australia claimed the men’s title after defeating New Zealand 2:0 in the trophy match. Hosts Cook Islands ranked third in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

 

The Most Valuable Player awards, presented by BSP Bank South Pacific, went to American Samoa’s Stephanie Floor and Australia’s Liam McCourt.

 

“I feel amazing about going to Mauritius,” said Australia men’s coach David Hudson on the Cook Island’s Beach Handball Facebook page. “We’ve watched the Europeans, we’ve watched the Pan Americans, and we’re ready to beat them all!

 

“Considering where they started [the teams], I think they’ve come a really long way. I hope they really enjoyed themselves and keep playing beach handball forever.”

 

The final standings are as follows:

 

Men’s competition

1. Australia – qualified for 2017 IHF U17 Beach Handball World Championship

2. New Zealand – qualified for 2017 IHF U17 Beach Handball World Championship

3. Cook Islands

4. American Samoa

5. Kiribati

 

Women’s competition

1. American Samoa – qualified for 2017 IHF U17 Beach Handball World Championship

2. Australia – qualified for 2017 IHF U17 Beach Handball World Championship

3. Cook Islands

4. Kiribati

 

Photo: Jun Tanlayco

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