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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!

Official logo & Facebook event page released

Behold, the logo for the upcoming 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships, to be hosted by the Fistball Federation of Australia later this year in Victoria, Australia.

In addition, the Facebook event page has been set up for the most up-to-date information regarding the tournament.

Link: 2018 Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships

More details to be released as they are finalised, including teams competing, location, venue and fixture. Also note that the dates indicated in the event may change, but are expected to be locked in shortly. Continue reading “Official logo & Facebook event page released”

Fistball Federation of Australia to host 2nd Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships in 2018

The Fistball Federation of Australia (FiFA) is excited to announce their commitment to hosting the 2nd Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships in November, 2018.

While the final dates, structure and venue are yet to be finalised, the tournament is expected to take place in Melbourne, Victoria.

The tournament will host national men’s fistball teams from across the Asia-Pacific region, and will act as the ideal warm-up tournament to the Men’s World Fistball Championships in Winterthur, Switzerland the following year (August, 2019). The possibility remains open for women’s national teams to also compete in the tournament, however this will be dependent on the availability of teams, given the Women’s World Fistball Championships will unfold in Austria less than four months prior. Continue reading “Fistball Federation of Australia to host 2nd Asia-Pacific Fistball Championships in 2018”