The thwock thwock of a bouncing tennis ball always takes me back to my primary school days, a time when pog and Nike Air Jordans were the coolest things ever and you couldn't walk through the school grounds without interrupting a game of handball.
Now that ripped jeans and John Lennon sunglasses have made a comeback, it seemed natural to me that handball would follow. However, during my research, I learned that handball is not a trend from the 90s. Handball is actually a pretty old game. While the rules were officially published in 1906, there is evidence that people were playing handball as far back as Ancient Rome. Handball is a summer Olympic sport and the International Handball Federation oversees the sport globally.
The Bouncing Back Handball festival is an initiative of the New Farm Neighbour Centre, supported by Brisbane City Council. On 26 May, Brisbane's finest will gather on the Performance Lawn of New Farm Park to compete for glory. Players of all ages and experience levels are welcome to enter for a fee. Registrations open at 8.45am on the day, with gameplay to start at 9am.
Handball is a simple game that can be played solo or in a group. All you need is a tennis ball. The aim of the game is to hit the ball with your hand (hence the name), making it bounce at least once before it moves on to the next move. Handball can be played solo against a brick wall or in a group on a handball court. For more information, read on here.
Both the BrisbanePowerhouse and New FarmPark offer a variety of other experiences to enjoy after the tournament. And, as always, I recommend catching the ferry to New Farm Park.