This October 15 the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre is hosting our fourth annual Bouncing Back Handball Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm.

This Aussie school yard handball competition was created to give the people in our neighbourhood the opportunity to come together on a beautiful spring day and to enjoy a community event all without cost.  People of all ages and abilities are invited to play and to have fun.  Last year we had over 250 players and as many spectators. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive – watch this video taken last year.

The Festival is an all ages, alcohol free and cost free event.  We will have music, a massive handball competition, games and craft activities, face painting, a jumping castle, a BBQ, coffee, cakes and information stalls.

We encourage everyone to wear their most FABULOUS dress ups and make the whole event spectacular. 

Download your very own poster here and help us spread the word  

The New Farm Neighbourhood Centre is a not-for-profit organisation working with the local community towards social justice, diversity and inclusion. As a significant Community Development project for the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, the Handball Festival aims to bring together all ages and abilities to participate in the game we all love, whilst boosting social capital and engagement within the community. It is developed in collaboration with community members, local businesses, politicians, other community services and local schools and is a true community-wide effort.

We hope you can join us!

  • Bouncing Back Handball Festival
  • Sunday 15 October, 9am-1pm
  • Player registrations open at the Festival at 8:45am and numbers may be limited.
  • Entry is by donation to our food relief pantry (non-perishables such as tins, pasta, noodles, long-life milk etc)
  • Brisbane Powerhouse, Lamington Street, New Farm

Read the rules of the competition

Handball is the most awesome universal game ever. At the Bouncing Back Handball Festival we will be playing Championship Matches between 2 players at a time.

Other social games of 4-square and ins and outs won’t require scoring.

Please read these rules carefully. You will need to agree to play by these rules, to be fair and to have fun before we will accept your player registration.



The winner of the game is the player who reaches eleven points first. The winner must win by two points. The game will continue past eleven if necessary in order for the winner to win by two points.


  • The serve will be decided by choosing a hand of the referee that is holding an object behind the referee’s back. The player who chooses the correct side, either left or right will serve first.
  • Service must be made using one hand, and must first bounce in the server’s square, before the opponent’s. The serve must be above the knee and ‘decent’ (i.e. hittable) or the opponent can call for a replay.
  • There are NO faults – a false serve is a lost point.
  • After 5 serves, service alternates between players.


  • Return can be made with any part of the body or apparel.
  • Return must first bounce in your own square, before your opponent’s.
  • A ball can be returned without it having bounced in your own square first.
  • Ball must only bounce off the surface of court – not off walls or other surfaces.


  • Rolls
  • Out – if the ball lands outside the lines
  • Full – if the ball does not bounce in your square first after you hit it
  • Doubles – if the ball bounces twice in your square before you hit it
  • Double touch – if you touch the ball twice before it leaves your square
  • Woops – if you miss or fail to hit the ball after it has landed in your square
  • Grabs – if you grab the ball before or during a hit
  • Played On – if you return a Full from your opponent

The referee can call a replay on a point if:

  • Lines – the ball lands on any of the lines
  • Rolls – if the ball is so low that you can’t tell if it has air or not!
  • Interference/Into – if a foreign object enters the square and interrupts play (i.e. a spectator, a rock or sibling)
  • Decent – the serve is ugly and unfair

Please note: The Referee’s decision is final, and the Replay never lies!