To many, handball is associated with slightly geeky school children. In actuality, handball has its origins in the ancient world. Nonetheless, the modern game of handball originated in the 19th century. With two teams of seven, each player is allowed to pass, throw, catch and dribble while trying to score goals. The games themselves last for 60 minutes.
The Australian Handball Federation governs the sport in Australia, with regional associations presiding over their statewide competitions. It is perhaps a sign of the increased popularity of handball that the Australian Handball Federation has been invited to the International Handball Federation Super Globe championship this year.
Both the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney take part in handball competitions. The Sydney University team has both women's and men's teams, and newcomers are encouraged to attend. The UTS handball team is a recent arrival on the handball scene. WIth both social and competitive games for men and women, training runs on Sundays.