After months of training, the New Zealand Men’s and Women’s National Fistball teams both took home the silverware last weekend at the Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships!
It was an amazing tournament and we must acknowledge the efforts of the Fistball Federation of Australia and their volunteers in running such a fantastic event.
Some intense battles for second and third took place in some trying weather conditions between both the men’s and women’s teams for Australia and New Zealand. The kiwi women managed to hold on to their winning streak and take home the Asia-Pacific women’s cup. The women’s teams played several games over 3 days against Australia and an All Stars team made up of players from Germany, Austria, India, Chile and England.
The kiwi men played some incredible Fistball, made sweeter by being able to take home the silverware at the end of some unbelievably hard fought battles. Both games against Australia were an absolute highlight to watch and I highly recommend watching the footage of the final game which is still available at https://apfc2018.com/tournament/livestream/
Well done to all players from all countries. The play on the field showed that the Asia-Pacific fistball region is one to watch. The Indian men’s team made a huge journey over and took out third place after some close games. In their International debut, Samoa quickly became the crowd favourites and played some excellent fistball, proving they’ll definitely be making some noise in future tournaments.
The NZFA are incredibly proud of the players, coaches and support teams who have worked so hard for these wins. We also couldn’t do it without the help of our sponsors. NZHL Canterbury Metro and The Good Home, your ongoing support means the world to us and we couldn’t be more thankful that you’ve embraced the vision and culture of what we’re trying to build here.
Full results can be found below.
Q1. IFA All-Stars def New Zealand 3:1 (15-14, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8)
Q2. IFA All-Stars def Australia 3:0 (11-6, 13-11, 11-9)
Q3. New Zealand def Australia 3:0 (11-5, 11-5, 12-10)
Q4. IFA All-Stars def Australia 3:1 (14-15, 11-5, 11-9, 11-5)
Q5. IFA All-Stars def New Zealand 3:2 (11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 6-11, 11-4)
Q6. New Zealand def Australia 3:0 (11-6, 11-4, 11-4)
Q7. New Zealand def IFA All-Stars 3:0 (11-7, 11-5, 11-9)
Q8. Australia def IFA All-Stars 3:2 (7-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-13, 11-3)
Women's Championship Final - New Zealand def Australia 4:0 (11-6, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4)
Q1. Australia def Samoa 4:0 (11-6, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5)
Q2. New Zealand def Samoa 4:1 (11-6, 11-8, 13-15, 11-6, 11-6)
Q3. New Zealand def India 4:0 (11-4, 11-9, 11-7, 11-6)
Q4. Australia def India 4:0 (11-5, 11-5, 11-8, 11-4)
Q5. India def Samoa 4:0 (11-9, 11-5, 15-13, 11-6)
Q6. New Zealand def Australia 4:3 (5-11, 4-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 14-12, 11-3)
Semi-Final #1 - New Zealand def Samoa 4:1 (11-6, 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10)
Semi-Final #2 - Australia def India 4:0 (11-5, 11-4, 11-3, 11-2)
Third Place Playoff - India def Samoa 4:1 (14-12, 11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 11-8)
Men's Championship Final - New Zealand def Australia 4:3 (3-11, 15-13, 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 12-10)
After 3 days of outstanding Fistball, the Trans Tasman Fistball Championship is done and dusted for 2018.
Both countries played well and some great battles were had on the field with the final scores perhaps not doing justice to some of the close sets had over the weekend.
Kicking off with the club and Master's game on Friday night, these teams set the bar for what was to come with some close sets and long rallies. This was followed by a quiz night where 30 teams battled for top of the academic table (it was won by Kiwi's....not that that's important...just a healthy tidbit of information).
Saturday and Sunday followed with some beauty weather and some excellent Fistball. As a relative newcomer to Fistball, the Kiwi teams were able to learn a lot from our Australian rivals who were happy to teach us a few friendly (and a few not so friendly) lessons in the art of Fistball.
Like most unforgettable weekends, it was topped off by a few beers in the sun and a friendly/suprisingly competitive game of Duck Duck Goose.
Men's Final Positions:
Women's Final Positions:
Master's Final Positions:
Club One-Match Series
The NZFA is proud to introduce the 2018 Men's and Women's National teams.
The teams will go head to head with Australia at the end of this month in the 2018 Trans-Tasman Fistball Championships which will be held in Christchurch from the 26th-28th of January.
NZ Men's & NZ Men's Masters
NZ Women's Team
The 2017 CFL Outdoor Season came to a close on Wednesday with some close finals games.
Fistnation ultimately took out the win for the competition, beating Otautahi 3-2 in the final set. An informal prizegiving took place afterwards to recognise the winners and celebrate the completion of New Zealand's first season of outdoor fistball after completing the indoor season in September.
Limited timeframes meant the whole outdoor season was played in 4 rounds, with every team playing 2 or 3 games each round. It took all of about 5 minutes for everyone to remember just how different the game is outdoors. Fortunately Christchurch put on some stellar evenings (and also some less than optimal ones to keep us on our toes) and some quality fistball was played, with huge improvements being made in every team each round.
In CFL tradition, several other awards were handed out on that evenings prizegiving.
The Canterbury Fistball League's inaugural indoor season competition came to a close last night with some close games between the four regional teams.
Magical Fistery Tour (MFT) battled it out with the competition's Master's team, Fistmasters, to take out first place while Middleton Grange Fistball (MGF) took on Otautahi Fistball to take out 3rd and 4th places respectively.
The final games were followed by what can only be described as a prestigious awards ceremony. As well as the much coveted 'Falcon of the Year' and 'Most Canadian' awards, a dream team of the competition's most outstanding players was also named.
The final games saw the end of 2017's indoor season as the teams will hopefully be joined by some newcomers as we head outside for the next season which will kick off in 2 weeks.
Round 1 of the Canterbury Fistball League indoor season kicks off tonight, with 4 teams battling for a bit of regional fisting glory.
As the first regional fistball competition in New Zealand, the Canterbury Fistball League will compete every second week with combined training sessions in the intervening weeks. The 4 teams will play each other twice over 6 rounds before heading to the semi-finals and finals in September.
October will see the Canterbury Fistball League head outdoors for the summer series which will be used to make selections for the national Men's and Women's fistball teams. These teams will compete against Australia in the second Trans-Tasman Fistball Championship in January next year.
Check out the Canterbury Fistball League page for more information on the draw, results and fixtures for the indoor season.
The women's national fistball team has brought home the winners cup from their international debut over Waitangi weekend.
Both the men's and women's New Zealand fistball teams travelled to Geelong, Australia, each playing a three-match series against the Australians for the Trans-Tasman Fistball Championship.
The women's team took home a victory, winning their series 3-0 while the men's team fought well but unfortunately lost to their Aussie counterparts 2-1.
The men's game concluded on the Sunday, sneaking in just before the weather turned and a downpour started.
The winning teams shared a pavlova to celebrate their victories followed by the traditional fistball 'exchanging of the game jerseys'.
Following their debut games on the international stage, there are plans to continue to grow fistball in New Zealand, hopefully expanding out of the Canterbury region - where the entire New Zealand team were based.
The New Zealand Fistball team are gearing up to make their international debut in Australia next week at the first Trans-Tasman Fistball Championship.
Having only been in action for 4 months and only playing with a real fistball for 1 month, things have moved quickly for the national Men's and Women's teams but it's fair to say we're excited to take a shot at the title.
The inaugural Trans-Tasman Fistball Championship (TTFC) is to be held in Geelong, Australia over Waitangi weekend.
Colloquially known as "The Pavlova Plate", the stakes are high as the TTFC see's Australia and New Zealand's national men's and women's fistball teams go head to head in battle for the championship trophy (and bragging rights...obviously).
Men's and women's trophies will be decided by a best-of-three match format spanning two days.
In what we hope will be the first of bigger things to come, the TTFC not only marks the first time NZ Fistball have made an appearance on an international stage, but also the first time they'll have played with a real fistball net, so watch this space.