Following a season of continuous winning and no defeat at the world championship, the Hungarian Junior handball team could finally put an end to what they started in 2001 and 2003 in the world championship finals, as Nemzetisport.hu reports: they defeated Norwegia and won the World Cup in 2018!
This year, we have already written about Győr’s success at the Women’s EHF Champions League. This time, the Hungarian Junior Handball Team once again proved what they are capable of: after getting into the finals and reaching the second place at the 2001 and 2003 contests, defeated by Russia, for the third time, head coach Gologon Vlagyimir could lead the team to winning the game in Debrecen, at Phoenix Stadium.
However, it is not the first time that a Hungarian handball team has won such a contest: our adult team has been the first in 1965 at the World Championship, while the Junior Beach Handball Team has won last year’s world contest.
Following the group matches, where the Hungarian team remained undefeated until the end, the game started with much enthusiasm on both sides. In the seventh minute, the Hungarian team was leading 4-1! In the first half of the match, it seemed that the game would not be so easy to win from either of the sides: the teams went to break with a thrilling 10-12 result.
The Hungarian team could win the final even with their Captain, Rita Lakatos taken to hospital care due to injuries throughout the game.
Katrin Kujber, Háfra and Sára Suba were unstoppably playing, enabling the team to take great leaps forward to win the game finally
The Junior team could efficiently work even without Rita, winning the second half at 18-10 points and the Championship at 28-22 points.
Nevertheless, for those who followed the group games, the Hungarian winning might not have been a surprise. Ours performed outstandingly during the matches, with wins against Brazil, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovenia, Romania, South Korea and finally, Norwegia.
The final result of the championship
World Cup winner: Hungary, 2. Norwegia, 3. South-Korea, 4. Russia, 5. The Netherlands, 6. Denmark, 7. France, 8. Romania, 9. Croatia, 10. Iceland, 11. Brazil, 12. Sweden, 13. Germany, 14. Japan, 15. Slovenia, 16. Montenegro, 17. Spain, 18. Portugal, 19. Angola, 20. Chile, 21. China, 22. Paraguay, 23. Egypt.
Háfra, Klujber 8-8, Lakatos 4, Fodor 3, Pásztor, Szabó K. 2-2, Faluvégi 1 and Reistad 7, Jacobsen 4, Gabrielsen, Ellertsen, Fossheim 2-2, Olsen, Hovland, Nestaker, Lund, Syverud 1-1.
The players of the winning Hungarian Junior Handball team
Binó Boglárka, Faluvégi Dorottya, Fodor Csenge, Giricz Laura, Háfra Noémi, Hlogyik Petra, Hornyák Bernadett, Horváth Laura, Kácsor Gréta, Klujber Katrin, Kuti Bettina, Lakatos Rita, Márton Gréta, Pásztor Noémi, Pénzes Laura, Suba Sára, Szabó Kitti, Tóvizi Petra, Head coach: Golovin Vlagyimir, Assistant coach: Pigniczki Krisztina.
Featured image: MTI.