One of the most anticipated rivalries in women’s club handball got another sequel today in Norway, as GyoriAudi ETO KC defeats Larvik 23:29 (13:18).
Prior to the match, a ceremony was held in honor of the former coach of both teams and the Hungarian women’s national team, Karl Eric Bohn, who past away this weekend, aged 48.
Larvik hosted arguably the best team in the world right now,in a very difficult situation as the Norwegian powerhouse had already lost an awaymatch in the group 2 against Krim Mercator (24:18).
Despite the importance, the first half of this crucial match was a fairly one-sided affair for Gyor who got the early lead, forcing Ole Gustav Gjevik to call a time-out with tenminutes from the start of the match.Larvik was unable to respond to the attacking threat and solid defending from Gyor players coming from all areas of the court with the one-sided first half ends 13:18. The closest Norwegian team got was 16:18 four minutes into the second half, following a 3:0 series, courtesy ofLin JorrumSulland(3) who took up an old habit of shooting from the right-wing position. The commanding presence of Anita Gorbicz(8) was felt, as Gyor took their biggest lead of the game, 17:25 mid-way through the second half; with Bulatović(4), Loke(5)andAmorim(5) the main contributors to this great run. Larvik showed a lifeline with the only goal from the experienced Karolyn DyhreBreivang to seal the 6:2 run in their favor with the result 23:27 with ten minutes until the final whistle. This period was also married with mistakes from Gyor, who failed to find the net for 6 minutes as Larvik tried hard to get back into the match. It was ironically one of the Norwegians in the defending champion’s team who put an end to all doubts in this match Kartine Lunde, who kept a penalty from an othervise solid Nora Mork(4), and stopped Anja Hammerseng-Edin form adding to her tally of 4 goals at the very last minute of the match. Highest scorer for the home team was the experienced winger Riegelhuth Koren with 5, while of the best middle-backs in the world, Anita Gorbitz had a night to remember scoring 8 for the final score 23:29.
This loss will further complicate things for the ambitious Scandinavian side, as Larvik players now find themselves bottom of the group with no points from two matches.
Gyor,who is hotly tipped to be among the frontrunners for the trophy in Budapest, entered the match with highest ambition. A draw in their first match at home with Buducnost(23:23) was a wakeup call for the Hungarian side, and there were no excuses for missing out on two points again. Gyor will now take top of the Group2 with three points from two games, above Krim (2 pts.) who is to play an away match against Budućnost (1 pt.) on Sunday.
TEXT: NEMANJA SAVIC