Accolades & Accomplishments
Australian Team Selections
- 1991 (Captain)
O'Connor Cup Champion
Australian Open Doubles
Warren Streets tells great handball stories. He remembers details and players. the disasters, remarkable moments and the purity of Handball played well. He is unhurried in storytelling and almost quiet when he speaks. But when he talks handball you can sense something of his delight in those playing days.
You hear about the excitement and great matches and close scores are remembered and sometimes you can see the fire of battle churning a little inside him. He has been involved in many contests, many handball moments; he has served our handball community through committee work and often when he tells a story he hints with a half smile and you know that something outrageous happened. Sometimes his eyes shine a little because he remembers the glorious and the extraordinary, and he cherishes those times of accomplishment.
He played in great handball days. He was immersed in our national rivalry and contested many battles. He was part of our larrikinism and the hard work of getting things organised. He was invaluable. A hard worker and a hard hitter, he understood the spirit of the games and made it better.
After beginning to play handball in 1963, I joined the South Melbourne Handball Club and made lifelong friends with Nick Sticca, John Black, Keith Williams and Chris King.
However I gave up Handball in about 1974, and played cricket up to 1980, I was lured back to the game by Peter Yuritta, and played for North Melbourne with Peter, Fred Italiano, Des Jones and Vic Di Luzio for a couple of seasons before rejoining South Melbourne in 1982, sharing a house with Chris King.
This was an eye opener for me, to witness the amount of work Chris put into handball, especially during the off season. I started to do the training with him, and realising I had an opportunity to make the Victorian team.
This came to fruition in 1984, when I made the Victorian team for the first time, missed out in 1985 and then made every team from 1986 - 1996.
So 12 times in the team, 3 times as captain and was lucky enough to make the Australian 8 on 7 occasions, once as Captain. I was also fortunate to win the Australian One Wall Doubles Championship with my good friend, the late Chris McLennan from South Australia. Also winning a 3 Wall Australian Masters Singles Title.