After relinquishing their EHF EURO summit December 2018, Norway took a statement win in the next leg of their 2018/19 Golden League because they recorded three consecutive victories to choose both the tournament trophy and the total variation name. At the four-nation tournament, contested between regular Golden League participants Norway, Denmark and France, in addition to encouraged squad Romania from March 21 to 24, Denmark ranked 2nd behind Norway, France finished third and Romania set fourth.

 

Norway’s outcome comprised a remarkable win over current European and world champions France, who claimed that their initial EHF EURO name in December. After winning six of those eight available European names between 2002 and 2016, and finishing as runnersup on both of the other occasions, Norway’s rank at the EHF EURO 2018 turned into a severe downturn.

 

“France are ruling only just a tad too much now.  We do not like that! ” Norway captain Stine Oftedal told the official website of the Norwegian Handball Federation after her side’s win over France on the last evening of Golden League competition. After trailing by one goal at half-time, 11:12, Norway played with a more rigorous 2nd period to maintain a 24:22 win.

 

Within their other encounters, Norway recorded a 31:27 (16:15) effect against Romania daily two after a dominant 31:20 (15:7) win Denmark to start their campaign. The round one clash was the 156th match between Norway and Denmark, and the ninth successive win for Norway from the head-to-head recording.

 

It wasn’t really a really positive tournament for hosts France, who may have expected for more considering their status as the reigning European and world champions. France not just lost to Norway, but were also defeated by Denmark, 22:25 (12:12).

 

Their sole victory at the home tournament in Boulazec came Romania daily one, also it seemed that a confident beginning with an obvious 28:18 (15:8) lead to France’s favour. However, Denmark goalkeeper Sandra Toft proved a tough obstacle for France over the next match day, and so they could not get over losing to challenge Norway for its win.

 

Along with their victory over France and losing to Norway, Denmark’s record at the last 2018/19 Golden League tournament contained an obvious win against Romania. Over the last day of games, on Sunday March 24, Denmark beat the EHF EURO 2018 semi-finalists 36:23 (13:11). This game was the 70th with current coach Klavs Bruun Jorgensen at the helm.

 

Another variant of the Women’s Golden League will be played within the 2020/21 year old. Back in 2019/20, the adult men ’s Golden League may require its turn in the spotlight.

 

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