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Goalball is a sport for people with a vision impairment.  It was invented in 1946 by Austrian, Hanz Lorenzen, and German Sepp Reindle, in an effort to help in the rehabilitation of blinded war veterans.

The game was introduced to the world in 1976 at the Paralympics in Toronto, Canada and has been played at every Paralympic since. As well every four years a World Championships has been held with the first being in Austria in 1978. Since that time the popularity of goalball has increased to where it is played competitively around the world.

Goalball competitions are unique to all other sports due to the required quiet atmosphere inside the playing venue.

The object of the sport is to roll the ball into the opposition's goal while the defensive team try to block the ball with their bodies.  Bells inside the ball help to orientate the players by indicating the direction of the oncoming ball.  In addition all court lines are done in raised, tactile markings.  This allows players to orientate themselves and be aware of their position on the court.

Goalball is played by both males and females, and all athletes wear "blackout" eyeshades whilst on the playing court.  This allows players with varying degrees of vision impairment to participate together

Goalball Australia is the governing body for the sport of Goalball in Australia and works with state goalball associations, Blind Sports Australia and the Australian Paralympic Committee to develop and grow the sport.


LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS
GM17 A Success
(published 10 October 2017)
The 37th Australian Goalball Championships, held in Melbourne last week, has concluded on a high.

For the first time Queensland took home the Goalball Australia Shield as the Champion State, winning Gold in both the Men and Women, and Silver in the Juniors.  

In the Men's division the Queenslanders went through the entire tournament undefeated, but were pushed all the way, particularly by Western Australia.  In a tense final, WA went up 4-0 early in the match before Qld fought back to take it out 10-6.

The Women's division was, as expected, a battle between Qld and NSW.  In the round-robin, Qld dropped only 1 match, whilst NSW lost just 2.  The Gold medal match was a very tight affair,  with scores locked at 1-1 for the majority of the match before Qld came home with a flurry of late goals to take it 6-1, though the final scoreline doesn't truly reflect the closeness of these 2 teams.  Special congratulations must go to the GA Combined Team, who were a combination of players from different state who had never played or trained together.  Whilst not winning a match, they improved greatly throughout the tournament.

South Australia Youth, playing the entire tournament with only three players (no substitutions), also finished the entire tournament undefeated.  They showed amazing grit claiming the gold medal over Victoria 15-5.

Once again, the junior division was a real delight.  NSW proved their dominance at this level, also claiming the Gold medal by going undefeated through the tournament.  Although they weren't unchallenged, showing great determination to fight back from deficits in a couple of matches.  In the Gold medal match the NSW team showed their experience, beating Qld 12-5.

At the Presentation Dinner on Saturday night All Star 6 teams and MVPs were presented:

Men
All Star 6
Daniel Dalton NSW
Jon Horsburgh QLD
Daniel Morrish WA
Steffan Nero WA
Daniel Pritchard VIC
Michael Sheppard QLD

MVP
Jon Horsburgh QLD

Women
All Star 6
Nicole Esdaile QLD
Meica Christensen QLD
Alison Jones QLD
Sarah Plunkett NSW
Michelle Rzepecki (Combined)
Tyan Taylor (NSW)

MVP
Meica Christensen QLD

Youth
All Star 6
Thientuoc Autran VIC
Matthew Bowry NSW
Nikita Grosser SA
Joe Hogg SA
Callum Saunders Vic
Scott Tiller SA

MVP
Scott Tiller SA

Junior
All Star 6
Darren Coyle WA
Sean Kendrick QLD
Tysson O'Neil NSW
Ethan Scaturchio NSW
Molly Smith NSW
Sidney Whipp QLD

MVP
Sidney Whipp QLD

Congratulations to all players, coaches and team officials on a great tournament.

Goalball Australia would like to thank the Victorian Goalball Association organising committee and all of the volunteers and referees for ensuring the event ran so smoothly.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Perth in 2018.



Aussies in Thailand
(published 30 August 2017)
The Aussie Belles and Aussie Storm have returned from the 2017 IBSA Goalball Asia-Pacific Regional Championships, held in Thailand 21-26 August 2017.

The Belles returned with a Bronze medal, whilst the Storm finished 4th overall.  Whilst this sees neither team qualify for the World Championships next year, the overall results are encouraging for the drive towards qualification for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The Aussie Storm performed particularly well, finishing their pool matches undefeated, along the way beating World # 4 China, World # 14 Japan and World # 20 Iraq.  Overall the boys finished with 4 wins and 2 losses, with their only losses being in the semi final and Bronze medal game.  The result moves us from 9th to 4th in our region.  We are especially proud of Jon Horsburgh finishing the competition as Highest Goal Scorer.

The Aussie Belles Bronze is a repeat result from the 2015 Regional Championships held in China and they remain 3rd in the region behind China (World # 1) and Japan (World # 6).  In pool play, the Belles defeated Thailand and Korea before a draw with Iran and tough losses to China and Japan.  We faced China again in the semi final, before defeating Korea for Bronze.  Meica Christensen finished 5th in the Highest Goal Scorers for women.

This brings to an end our international senior commitments for the year as we start planning and preparing for 2018.

You can watch all of the Australian Teams' matches from Bangkok on the Goalball Australia You Tube channel (thanks to Simon Smith for filming and uploading them).

Golden Glow in Budapest
(published 10 July 2017)

The Aussie Glow are the new Youth World Champions after defeating Russia in the final of the 2017 IBSA Goalball World Youth Championships in Budapest overnight.  The girls created history becoming the first Australian team to win gold at a major international Goalball tournament.  The Glow went through the entire tournament undfeeated and are more than worthy champions.  Goalball Australia are incredibly proud of the girls and the team staff Murray Elbourn and Faith Voytas - the hard work that was put in by all over the past 12 months has certainly paid off.  We look forward to being able to defend the title in 2 years time.  Congratulations to Brodie Smith on being the tournament Highest Goal Scorer.

Aussie Belles Team Announced
(published 31 May 2017)
The Aussie Belles team who will represent Australia at the 2017 Asia Oceania Regional Championships in August has been announced.  Congratulations to the following team members:

Jenny Blow (NSW)
Meica Christensen (Qld)
Nicole Esdaile (Qld)
Alison Jones (Qld) - on debut
Raissa Martin (Qld)
Tyan Taylor (NSW)

Head Coach: Peter Corr
Assistant Coach/Manager: Simon Smith
Massage Therapist: Kerri Young

The team have been working hard all year towards selection and their hard work will intensify over the next few months before heading to Bangkok on 17 August.  The Regional Championships is the qualifying tournament for the 2018 World Championships.


Aussies Storm Europe
(published 29 May 2017)

The Aussie Storm (ranked 35 in the world) have completed the first leg of their European tour, contesting the Malmo Mens Intercup in Sweden.  After going down to Sweden (World Ranking 7) 12-5, USA (World Ranking 4) 12-8 and Turkey (World Ranking 3) 12-4; the team bounced back to defeat Japan (World Ranking 13) 9-6 and Great Britain (World Ranking 21) 9-3.

The team will now have a few days of training with Sweden, Turkey and USA before heading to Lithuania for the Trakai tournament.