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Handball is a very European sport which has its roots in Germany and Scandinavia - and it has nothing to do with throwing a ball against a wall... ;-)
A team consists of 12 players. 6 court players and one goalkeeper are on court at the same time. It is mostly played indoors, on a basketball-sized court with two goals, the same size as for indoor football (soccer). But now also beach-handball is becoming popular - there was a tournament on Sumner beach on 27 January 2007.
There is a semi-circle in front of the goals, at a distance of 6 metres from the goal. This is the goal area, and apart from the goal-keepers no player is allowed to step into it. But the players can fly into the area and shoot while being in the air. If a team is in defense the players are taking position along this semi-circle. After bad fouls of the defenders the attacking team is awarded a seven metre penalty, for less brutal actions they get a free-throw from the interrupted 9-metre-line.
Of course, there are a lot more rules, but for a start this is enough explanation. If you want to play handball in Christchurch you can get the best coach you can imagine: Morten Hust Petersen, from Denmark, is the national coach of the New Zealand Handball Federation (NZHF) and the coach of the Canterbury University team which has its training sessions from February to November at the Wharenui Sports Centre (cnr Matipo & Elizabeth Streets) on Mondays from 7pm. The club president, Eric Mouhica, is a former French top player and also president of the NZHF, and member of the national team.
If you live in or near Christchurch and want to give it a go, have a look at the club website and contact Eric. Also students and exchange pupils who play handball in their home countries are welcome. I think cricket players would be very talented for handball with their throwing skills. Just the ball is a lot bigger... ;-) And there is no batsman in the way but a goalkeeper. Just give it a go!
You can read more about rules and clubs etc. on the NZHF website.
Equipment: For the start normal sports gear like for jogging is good.
Address: Wharenui Sports Centre, Matipo/Elizabeth Streets
Directions: Matipo Street between Riccarton and Blenheim Roads.
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