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NZ win APFC titles

And just like that, after over 12 months of planning and preparation, the 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships are over!

A hearty congratulations to the New Zealand Fistball Association for their massive championship wins!

The Kiwi women’s team continued their dominance over Australia despite a much-improved Possums outfit, taking the final in a deceptively-close 4-0 straight sets final. The Kiwi men’s team on the other hand had to valiantly battle and scrap for the maximum amount of sets, as they finally turned the tables on the more-experienced Aussies, winning a thrilling back-and-forth final in 7 sets over more than 2 hours of play, in what was undoubtedly the greatest fistball match ever played Down Under.

In third place finished the late-arriving-but-very-welcome Fistball Federation Of India, after they used their experience to overcome the newest fistballers on the block – the crowd-favorite Samoan Fistball Association – in a tight 4-1 tussle. Despite having only played for 6 weeks prior to the tournament, the Samoans showed incredible improvement as the tournament went on, and were frequently on the highlight reel with some of their logic-defying desperation shots.

Rounding out the teams in the Women’s Championship was the IFA All-Stars – a team that could not win the trophy, but made sure each women’s team was pushed to the limit prior to their nightly Trans-Tasman battle. A wonderful mish-mash of players from all over the world, the squad featured Germans, Austrians, Indians, Chileans, the English, and one token Australian.

A huge thank you must of course go out to everyone who contributed to this unforgettable tournament – including the teams that sacrificed time and money to attend, the organisers that tried to plan the tournament down to the finest details, and the volunteers who helped wherever they could to ensure the whole thing didn’t fall down into a crumpled heap. And thank you of course to the Melbourne weather for giving our visitors a true “Melbourne Weather Experience”.

It truly was an unforgettable experience for all involved, and the bar has now surely been set for the future of international fistball in the Asia-Pacific region. And as always is the case with fistball – a large fistball family was formed at this event, and friendships have been formed that surely last the test of time.

All the matches from the last day can still be watched at the tournament website:

Full results can be found below.

Stay tuned for photos, write-ups and whatever else we get around to posting in the aftermath.

Fist on!

Women’s Championships:
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)

Men’s Championships:
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)


Second sponsorship announcement – Moon Dog Craft Brewery

Time for another 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships sponsor announcement!

Hot off the heels of our hotel sponsor announcement (The Swan Hotel), we are now very happy to announce the official brewery sponsor (we’re noticing a theme here…) for the tournament – Melbourne’s own Moon Dog Craft Brewery!

Based out of Abbotsford, just ever-so-slightly North East of the Melbourne CBD, the men and women down at Moon Dog have been pumping out “very Melbourne” beers for nearly decade from the same location – a small (but growing) brewery just around the corner from the multinational behemoth that is Carlton & United Breweries.

Thanks to their generous sponsorship, we will have their aptly titled Beer Can beers for sale throughout the tournament! The beer itself is an extremely drinkable tinny that’s chock-full of tropical fruit character – light and refreshing, it’s perfect for Summer merriment, outdoor drinking and watching fistball with mates. We lifted that description straight from their website without a single minor alteration.

We have secured a temporary liqour licence for the duration of the tournament, and beers will be at reasonable prices… but look out for happy hour prices when Australian teams are scheduled to take the field! All proceeds from the beer sales will go towards paying off this extravagant fistball affair.

We strongly recommend you pop into their Brewery Bar and Ballroom Oasis on Duke Street to try either their core range, or some of their more adventurous creations (anyone for a Bourbon Barrel Aged Wild Cherry Red Ale or Pine-Lime Icecream IPA?)… or both. They also have ridiculously good pizzas there, and the occasional meat raffle.

Fist on!

Moon Dog Craft Brewery contact details:
Instagram: @moondogbrewing

Livestream confirmed for final day of tournament

Are you ready to see fistball in Australia like it’s never been seen before?

Well, you’re in luck, as we’ve organised for the final day of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships to be live-streamed all over the interwebs with not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 high-definition cameras capturing all the action! See fistball unfolding on Australian soil with updating scores on screen, player graphics, insightful commentary, and most importantly – “kiss cam” (TBC).

The nice folks over at My Sport Live will be providing this service, and we look forward to working with them over the coming weeks to put together something special for the APFC 2018. All filmed matches will also be posted online at a later date for endless re-watching.

The livestreams will be viewable here on this website, on Facebook and hopefully also the website.

We will also likely provide some sort of low-quality live-stream for the first 2 days… probably a shaky hand holding an iphone in portrait mode. 👌

Fist on!

Samoa commits to inaugural international fistball appearance

The Fistball Federation of Australia are excited to announce that the Samoan men’s national fistball team will make their first-ever international fistball appearance in November 2018, after officially committing to the 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships this week!

While the Samoan team may be comparatively inexperienced in the ways of fistball when compared to the other nations competing, they certainly won’t be lacking in sporting prowess, with a rich history of competitive rugby and volleyball amongst the national squad. They have been training extensively with the New Zealand national fistball teams, and will be looking to make an impact at their first fist-off. As an added bonus, the international fistball community will hopefully get witness the first ever Manu Siva Tau on an fistball field!

With just 6 weeks to go until the tournament fists off the countdown has now truly begun, with the nitty gritty of the organisation well and truly in full swing. With India and Pakistan expected to confirm their visas and flights in the coming weeks, we can now hopefully look forward to an 8-team, 5-nation international competition for the ages. The necessary changes will be made to the full fixture to account for the Samoan addition, and exciting updates will continue to be provided in the coming weeks.

Look out Asia – this tournament just got a little more Pacific!

Fist on!

Australian national team squads trimmed after first selection trials

With 4 weeks of Australian national team selection trials completed for the upcoming 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships, our esteemed Head Coaches – Tommy Helber & Bianca Kruck – have trimmed the men’s and women’s playing squads to 14 and 12 players, respectively.

Of the 26 players still in the mix for both teams, a whopping 13 of these could potentially be making their Australian fistball debuts – 5 in the men’s team and 8 in the women’s.

Congratulations to the players below for making it through to the next stage, and the Fistball Federation of Australia wishes you the best of luck for the final 10-person team selections to be announced later in October.

Men’s National Team (aka The Wombats):
~ Ben Hughes
~ Brent Lehmann
~ Carl Creasey
~ Chris Milne
~ Derek Dobson
~ Jason Hughes
~ Jon Yaw
~ Jon Morley
~ Lee Morony
~ Matt Richards
~ Michael Alesich
~ Nathan Dixon
~ Paolo Nicolas
~ Rod Matthews

Women’s National Team (aka The Possums):
~ Alex Sinclair
~ Alex Treszise
~ Bethan Jones
~ Brooke McKay
~ Caitlin McCombe
~ Caitlin Shadbolt
~ Erin Donnellon
~ Hayley Kirk
~ Jessie Smith
~ Lindsey Lehmann
~ Tahnee Ashworth
~ Tess Feery

Fist on!

New sponsorship from The Swan Hotel provides funds for tournament

The Fistball Federation of Australia is delighted to welcome a new sponsor into the fistball fold, with the kind folks at The Swan Hotel agreeing to come on board as a FiFA sponsor.

As well as providing a significant financial contribution – one that will very much come in handy for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships – The Swan Hotel will also act as the official location for our future FiFA-related events, beginning with the APFC After Party on Saturday 24th of November!

Located on the corner of Swan & Church Streets, Richmond, The Swan Hotel is one of Richmond’s iconic Pubs. The Swan’s traditional charm and casual atmosphere make it a perfect place to enjoy sociable drinks, a quick meal, a special function or a night out. Walking distance to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), AAMI Park, Melbourne Park for the Australian Open, and most importantly Alan Bain Reserve – the home of Richmond fistball – it is also the perfect place to have a drink and a meal before or after any one of Melbourne’s many quintessential sporting events. Or you can just skip the event itself (so long as it’s not fistball) to watch it on one of the many screens at the pub.

We would like to extend our immense gratitude to The Swan Hotel for their sponsorship, and we look forward to a long and prosperous association.

Fist on!

The Swan Hotel contact details:
Instagram: @swanhotelrichmond

Full tournament match schedule released

With just over 100 days to go until the first fists fly at the 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships, the Fistball Federation of Australia is excited to release the full planned match fixture for the tournament.

Assuming all teams participate as expected, all players and spectators can look forward to international fistball matches in both day and night conditions, the latter being unprecedented for international fistball competition in Australia. Matches will begin on Thursday, 22nd of November and conclude on the evening of Saturday, 24th of November. Men’s Championship matches will be played to best-of-seven, while Women’s Championship matches will be played to best-of-five.

Fist on!

Four nations confirmed for APFC 2018

With the deadline for team registration now passed, we are excited to confirm that four fistballing nations – India, Pakistan, New Zealand and, of course, Australia – have registered their attendance for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships to be hosted by Fistball Federation of Australia (FiFA) in November, 2018. All nations other than Pakistan have committed both a men’s and women’s team, with Pakistan planning on sending a men’s team only.

With India and Pakistan locking in their planned attendance, three of the four men’s teams from the last Asian Fistball Championships will be battling it out once again, continuing the fistball rivalries that began in force back in April 2014 at the University of Lahore in Pakistan. The fourth team from that tournament – Nepal – will effectively be replaced by FiFA’s Trans-Tasman neighbours New Zealand, having begun their fistball journey in 2016 and already faced Australian men’s and women’s teams at the Trans-Tasman Fistball Championships in 2017 (in Geelong) and earlier this year in Christchurch, NZ.

Almost as significant is the fact that these 4 nations already share a strong sporting rivalry through the trials and tribulations of international cricket. In fact, of the two Cricket World Cups co-hosted by Australia (with New Zealand), the most recent in 2015 was won by Australia (against New Zealand in the final), and the iconically-stylish 1992 tournament was Pakistan’s sole World Cup victory to date. Even outside of cricket, India and Pakistan have one of the fiercest rivalries in world sport, and they will be looking forward to going head-to-head once again on the international fistball stage. While Australia may generally have the upper hand in cricket, New Zealand regularly torments Australia in rugby union, and in retaliation Australia tends to claim New Zealand’s more prominent entertainment figures as their own. It should make for a fantastic tournament.

Of course, while registration for the tournament has officially closed, any non-registered Asia-Pacific region fistball federations are still welcome to enquire in the coming months about attending the tournament, as some flexibility remains on the potential fixture and overall organisation of the event.

With the tournament now confirmed as going ahead, national team nomination will open for Australian fistball players on Monday, June 4th.

Fist on!

First Bulletin for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships released

The first Bulletin has been released for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships, and sent out to the relevant national associations to provide both up-to-date information and a several calls to action.

Link to shortened public version: Official Bulletin 1 – 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships

The most important points of the first Bulletin are as follows:

  • the requirement for the interested nations to
    • confirm their attendance
    • pay a small deposit (to secure accommodation)
    • outline an estimate of accommodation requirements
  • information regarding the venue and accommodation details as compiled so far
  • the requirement of relevant nations to begin their visa application process to ensure a stress-free tournament attendance

Details regarding confirmed teams, fixtures, tournament structure and player nominations will be included in future Bulletins.

Fist on!


APFC venue secured

It is with great delight that the 2018 APFC committee (in conjunction with the Fistball Federation of Australia) can announce the securement of the Kevin Bartlett Sporting & Rec Complex (specifically, the EJ Bastow Oval) for the upcoming 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships.

The EJ Bastow Oval is a well-maintained high-quality soccer field in the heart of Burnley, Melbourne, tucked in between Richmond and Hawthorn, and one that is categorised as a ‘Category A’ sports field by the Yarra Council. With excellent grass, a quality pavilion and floodlight facilities opening up the possibility of night games, we hope it will raise the bar for international fistball tournaments in the Asia-Pacific region.

A short 20 minute drive from the Melbourne CBD, the facilities can also be accessed by train (Alamein, Belgrave, Lilydale or Glen Waverley lines) or tram (Route 70), hopefully making it easy for any casual or dedicated supporters to access the event.

Currently the home of the Richmond Soccer Club, it will temporarily be the home of the Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships, come November 2018.

Fist on!