No takers for handball - last time round

'It's a fast-paced game'

MURRAY HILLS
Last updated 05:00 07/09/2013
Jamie Houghton
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HANDBALL SHOT: New Plymouth's Jamie Houghton fires a shot towards the goal.

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Jamie Houghton is passionate about handball and he's keen to pass on his knowledge of the game to others.

Trouble is, no-one else appears to share his love.

No-one turned up to a children's handball session the 16-year-old organised at the YMCA in New Plymouth last Saturday.

"I thought we'd get a few kids along. It's disappointing," he said this week. "It was aimed at six to 12-year-olds. I tried to get it into Welbourn School; my little brother Liam goes there. We got it in their newsletter."

The no-show hasn't deterred the year 11 New Plymouth Boys' High School student.

Along with Carl Sulzberger and Ludovic Galliegue, he's planning another two sessions - one this afternoon at 2pm at the same venue and one the following Saturday.

"We hope to get some kids along and share our knowledge with them. We've had training sessions before and had between five and 15 people there," he said.

"It's a fast-paced game. It requires good hand-eye co-ordination."

Houghton said while there was no competition as such in Taranaki, the sport was fun to play.

"You play in teams of seven, plus two or three subs. You get one point for each goal."

Houghton is away in Wellington this weekend for a two-day national training camp involving about 20 players.

"I'll miss the session on Saturday, but I'll definitely be there for the following Saturday."

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