On July 27th Newquay Handball Club hosted Cornwall’s first ever handball, or Sandball, tournament at Watergate Bay and what a day it was. Four teams competed to become Sandball champions!
Each stage of the tournament proved to be hard fought, with each team giving it their all until the very last minute to move onto the next phase. The tournament consisted of a group stage, followed by a 3rd/4th playoff, then the final.
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 after a penalty shoot out where Eddie, of Team Eddie, narrowly missed scoring the winning goal when the ball hit the post.
Final time; Team Geoff versus Team Lee. Team Geoff were out to win, winning both halves of the match meaning a 2-0 victory and title of Sandball Champions 2013!
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. If you’d like to join Newquay Handball Club then head over to Porth Beach on Thursday nights and get stuck in.
Photography by Helen Muskett