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Saturday 10 December 2022 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Handball, Sports

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Tahiti and Aussie prove their strength in handball tournament
The Cook Islands has fought hard during five days of competition at the International Handball Federation Oceania Trophy Tournament on Rarotonga. 22120920

Before the final day of the Men's IHF Trophy Oceania, the winners of both youth and junior tournaments had already been determined.

At the youth (U18) event, Tahiti claimed their fourth straight win on Thursday, 47:19 against Cook Islands.

New Caledonia defeated Australia (34:24), and New Zealand proved too strong for Tonga (30:16).

With the maximum of eight points, Tahiti were certain of winning the title before their last match with Tonga, which was held on Friday. 

New Caledonia and New Zealand, who were tied on six points, were going on to fight for the second place in a direct duel.

The winner of that match was still within reach of Tahiti on points in case the leaders lost to Tonga.

Still, Tahiti had beaten both New Caledonia and New Zealand, so they had a head-to-head advantage.

Besides, Australia and Cook Islands, both on two points, were to face off.

At the junior (U20) competition, Australia played their last match on Thursday and celebrated a fourth straight victory, this time 29:18 against New Zealand.

After defeating all the rivals, the Australians secured the title.

New Caledonia, who beat Tonga (32:11), were second-placed with four points, two more than New Zealand and Cook Islands.

On the final day, Tonga were to meet New Zealand and New Caledonia was to face the Cook Islands.