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Date: 10/8/2018

The first event of the women’s 2018/19 Golden League was recently held in Denmark, with the usual trio of Denmark, Norway and France joined by invited side Poland. It was a tournament of surprises, as each team met the other three opponents with some unexpected results.


Though Norway topped the table after the round-robin competition, thanks to two wins and one draw, it was Poland who stole the show. Poland have had a disappointing few years since making it to the 2015 World Championship semi-finals, having contested the President’s Cup (for 17th place) at the 2017 World Championship – a clear drop in ranking in just two years. However, over the tournament, Poland showed they are making their way through their transition to reach the other side, as they defeated none other than current world champions France and also EHF EURO 2016 semi-finalists Denmark.


Poland’s victory over France came on the final day of competition and saw them turn a 9:10 half-time deficit into a 22:16 victory, with all credit to their outstanding defensive game. Prior to the match against France, Poland defeated Denmark 23:21 (12:14) and lost to Norway 27:34 (14:17). Poland finished second on the table courtesy of their two wins.


Competition winners Norway followed their opening victory against Poland with a tough 22:22 (14:9) draw versus France.


“We started a bit like against Poland. We got too far down and France came too easily into the match. We got a little stressed. It was getting better at the end, but we have to put the ball in the goal,” said Norway coach Thorir Hergeirsson after the game, which was a rematch of the 2017 World Championship final won by France.


In their last game, Norway beat Denmark 25:20 (14:12), who placed third thanks to their 24:21 (14:9) win versus France.


The next Golden League competition will be the Møbelringen Cup held in Telenor Arena, Norway on November 22-25. The Cup will be the participants’ last test prior to the EHF EURO 2018 in France. Along with regular participants Norway, France and Denmark, it will be Hungary who joins the four-nation tournament.


Photo: DHF/Jan Christensen