Aussies win big at the 2nd Trans-Tasman Fistball Championships in NZ

Well, the 2018 Trans-Tasman Fistball Championships are over, but what a cracking good weekend!

The Australian men’s team (aka the Wombats) were able to retain the Trans-Tasman Men’s Fistball Championship, winning the first 4 matches before dropping the final match in a thriller, while the New Zealand women’s team were once again too strong for the Australian women’s team (aka the Possums), retaining the Trans-Tasman Women’s Fistball Championship for the Kiwis in straight sets (5-0).

The second Trans-Tasman tournament also saw the official introduction of the Trans-Tasman Masters Men’s Fistball Championship, with Australia (aka the Dugongs) overcoming New Zealand in a tight battle 3-2, while the Australian club representative – this time South Melbourne Fistball Club (aka the Green Demons) – were able to down New Zealand club Fistnation to claim the Trans-Tasman Club Fistball Championship in their one-match series. All in all, the Aussies will be returning home with 3 of the 4 trophies on offer – a great achievement for Australian fistball.

Thanks to the New Zealand Fistball Association for hosting such a fantastic tournament – we look forward to hopefully returning the favour when we welcome you this coming November for the Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships. The bar has certainly be raised, both on the field and off.

Fist on!

Full scores from the tournament below:

Day 1 – Friday, January 26th, 2018
Club – South Melbourne (AUS) def Fistnation (NZ) 3:1 (7-11, 11-2, 11-6, 15-13)
Masters (#1) – Australia def New Zealand 3:2 (6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 11-9)

Day 2 – Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Masters (#2) – Australia def New Zealand 3:2 (11-9, 13-11, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9)
Women’s (#1) – New Zealand def Australia 3:0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-9)
Men’s (#1) – Australia def New Zealand 3:0 (11-9, 11-5, 11-5)
Masters (#3) – Australia def New Zealand 3:1 (11-5, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5)
Women’s (#2) – New Zealand def Australia 3:0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-7)
Men’s (#2) – Australia def New Zealand 3:1 (11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-6)
Masters (#4) – New Zealand def Australia 3:1 (11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5)

Day 3 – Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Women’s (#3) – New Zealand def Australia 3:1 (11-4, 11-8, 6:11, 11-5)
Men’s (#3) – Australia def New Zealand 3:1 (10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 11-1)
Women’s (#4) – New Zealand def Australia 3:2 (11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-5)
Men’s (#4) – Australia def New Zealand 3:0 (11-4, 11-6, 11-5)
Masters (#5) – New Zealand def Australia 3:1 (12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9)
Women’s (#5) – New Zealand def Australia 3:0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-8)
Men’s (#5) – New Zealand def Australia 3:2 (11-6, 11-7, 9-11, 10-12, 11-9)

Winners:

Men’s Fistball Championship: Australia won series 4-1 (3:0, 3:1, 3:1, 3:0, 2:3), MVP – Ben Hughes (AUS)
Women’s Fistball Championship: New Zealand won series 5-0 (3:0, 3:0, 3:1, 3:2, 3:0), MVP – Melanie Vannoort (NZ)
Men’s Masters Fistball Championship: Australia won series 3-2 (3:2, 3:2, 3:1, 1:3, 1:3), MVP – Jason Denholm (AUS)
Club Fistball Championship: South Melbourne Fistball Club (AUS) won series 1-0 (3:1), MVP – Jason Beelders (SMFC)

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