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Sandball 2013: Tournament review

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One year on from Handball’s massive success in London 2012, Newquay Handball Club celebrated by hosting Cornwall’s first ever Handball tournament last Saturday.

What a day it was at Watergate Bay; four teams competed for the illustrious title of Sandball Champions. Players varied in experience so a member of NHC captained each of the teams, which included local people wanting to try the game and sporty beach dwellers on the day.

In the build up to the tournament, the news spread far and wide. This attracted the attention of Handball superstar Aden Woodall (pictured below) from 2012 national Super 8 champions, Salford.

Aden Woodall beach handball shot at Sandball 2013

Photo credit: Helen Muskett

Sandball is a fast, furious and fun sport to play, but it’s great for spectators too because at the heart of Sandball lies showboating. Extra points are awarded for goals involving 360 spins, flips, tricks and any other extravagance. Aden lead the way, scoring a from multitude of physics-defying positions. He is proof of the potential for Handball when proper equipment and great coaching is available. Newquay has the latter in the form of Jürgen Koenen, the former is work in progress.

The tournament consisted of a group stage, followed by a 3rd/4th playoff, then the final. The group stages proved a hard fought and tight affair. Lee Springlett lead his team to the top of the group, after producing a penalty shootout victory over Geoff Muskett’s team. Third place in the group went to Team Adolf, fourth to Team Eddie.

This result meant that the 3rd/4th playoff was contested by Team Adolf and Team Eddie (pictured below). With little between the sides, Team Adolf took the first half 6-4, with Team Eddie striking back in the second 9-7. In Beach Handball when a team wins a half they receive 1 point, so this ended a draw, 1-a-piece. However Sandball is a sport that loves a winner; a penalty shootout soon distinguished the third place team. High quality finishing took the score to 3-3 with Eddie’s penalty next. In true Sandball fashion he unleashed a barrel shot, going for a 2 pointer to finish the game. Make or break. The ball struck the post, giving Team Adolf third place.

Eddie Percy-Hughes beach handball shot at Sandball 2013

Photo credit: Helen Muskett

Final time, and a rematch of the last group stage game – Team Geoff versus Team Lee. Team Geoff (pic below) and their fans were out for revenge; and they didn’t disappoint. They took the first half 10-6 and the second 9-6, meaning a 2-0 victory and the title of Sandball 2013 champions!

Geoff Muskett beach handball shot at Sandball 2013

Photo credit: Helen Muskett

Inspiring a generation

After the tournament it was the over to the kids who had waited patiently, taking in the rules and showboating ethos demonstrated in the main competition.

Two games were played out with 18 children aged from 5 to 14 taking part. The sheer enthusiasm for the sport was obvious to see as the kids were pulling out 360’s, spins, twists and commando rolls.

Inspired by the excitement and energy of the kids game, Newquay Handball Club are planning to run sessions for youngsters from September. Email Geoff at for more information.

Join the club

NHC are looking to join the South and West Development league which is due to start in October. However they need players! Join us to be on the forefront of a new wave of Sport in Cornwall.

Newquay Handball Club run regular beach training sessions every Thursday night which are open to anyone over 16, no experience necessary. This will continue over the summer until the light is against us, at which time we will return to a sports hall for the winder months. Sessions start at 7pm and cost just £2 per person. Check, Newqhay Handball Club on Facebook, @newquayHandball on Twitter, for more information.

Thank yous

Newquay Handball Club would like to thank our kind sponsors of Sandball 2013; Plumbase for supplying equipment for the goals, Worlds Apart for supplying the T-shirts, The Print Environment for printing the banners, the Lighthouse Cinema for their sponsorship, the Extreme Academy for allowing us to take over part of the beach, and Leafhoppers for their continued support of the club. Sandball 2013 could not have happened without the support from these local companies – its great to receive contributions even through a tough economic climate

Sandball 2013: results

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Sandball 2013 winners

Full write-up to follow from a superb day of Beach Handball on Watergate Bay. Results from this inaugeral tournament are below:


Team Geoff 2 – 0 Team Lee

3rd/4th playoff

Team Adolf 1 – 1 Team Eddie (Team Adolf win on penalties)

Group stage results:

Team Played Won Lost Points
Team Lee 3 3 0 9
Team Geoff 3 2 1 6
Team Adolf 3 1 2 3
Team Eddie 3 0 3 0


WTW Cinemas confirmed as sponsor

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We are pleased to announce that WTW Cinemas are confirmed as one of the sponsors of Sandball 2013. To have such a prestigious and high profile organisation involved is a major plus for the event.

WTW Cinemas has such deep roots in Cornish History, serving big screen entertainment for almost 70 years!. This fantastic legacy is one that we Newquay Handball Club aspires to, starting now with Sandball 2013.

The Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay is a state-of-the-art digital cinema complex, a perfect location to watch the latest blockbuster in all its glory!

Lighthouse Cinema Newquay

The Plumbase penalty shootout

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After the qualifying rounds at Sandball 2013 Beach Handball Tournament on Watergate Bay, NHC are hosting a fun penalty competition sponsored by Plumbase.

Can you score against the Newquay Handball Club goalkeepers?

We encourage crowd participation in this competition, all proceeds go to Childrens Hospice South West, we ask for at least £1 to enter – please give generously to this worthy charity.

Hadball shot through net

For more details about the event being held on the 27th July check out the official page.

Announcing Sandball 2013: Beach tournament 27th July!

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This is huge! We’re running our fist beach handball tournament in partnership with Watergate Bay Hotel on the 27th July.

The tournament is for local people to make a team and come along to enjoy the phenomenon that is Sandball! No prior experience is necessary, the rules are pretty easy to pick up. Anyone who’s participated in team sports will pick it up no trouble.

Check the official page for more info and to enter. Let’s play Sandball!