On the first day of Provident Cup in Hungary the hosts met the team of Norway B. The match was an exciting battle between a Hungarian team, which had not played any matches this year and an ambitious Norwegian B-team.
The first half was balanced, Hungary led by Anita Görbicz and Zsuzsanna Tomori took the lead in 20.minute, after a long period of draw, 4-4, 8-8, 10-10 .
Hosts increased the lead to three goals, 13-10, but after a Norwegian time-out, the first half ended by 15-15. Norwegians had leaders in Camilla Herrem, Kamilla Sundmoen and Tonje Nöstvold.
The second part of the match started with Norwegian scoring 15-17, than became balanced, the result was very variable, Norway leading, draw, Hungary leading.
Evolution of the score: 15-17, 19-17, 19-20, 20-22, 22-22, 23-22, 23-24, 25-24, 26-26 , 28-26, 28-27. Half minute before the final whistle Thea Mörk managed to score from the wing, saving the match for her team, which ended by draw, 28-28.
Hungary- Norway 28-28 (15-5)
Topscorers: Zsuzsanna Tomori (Hungary) 7 goals and Tonje Nöstvold-Camilla Herrem (Norway B) 6-6 goals
János Hajdú, head-coach, Hungary:
” It was a tipically preparation match, where my team had problems with defense and to stop the fast offensive play of the opponent. We had some good periods, both in attack and defense, against a well prepared, technically skilled team. Our shape is as expected in this period of preparation.”
” We did not expect such a balanced match, but we were aware of the fact that this Norwegian team is quiet strong. This is our first match together with the national team, and I feel that passed a quiet long time without match-time.
Now the main issue is to make our team compact and well assembled, to improve our offensive play, because we have to know each others thoughts until WCh. Defense is also important, but we are able to do it better than today.
In the second match of the day Brazil crushed Croatia in a simple match.
Brazil-Croatia 32-23 (17-10)