Møbelringen-Cup is a traditional preparation tournament, organized by the Norwegian Handball Federation.
This time the host venue is Drammenhallen and the participant teams are: South-Korea, Russia, Netherlands and the hosts from Norway.
This is the last preparation tournament before the WCh in Serbia, which starts next weekend.
The first match of the day is played between Russia and South-Korea, Russians being the only team here which is not qualified to the World Championships, they were eliminated by Netherlands.
Russia- South-Koreea 40-39, 36-36 (21-20)
Topscorers: Ekateryna Davydenko and Elene Avdekova (Russia) 6-6goals and Ryu Eun Hee (South Korea) 8 goals
Best players of the match: Ekateryna Davydenko (Russia) and Gwon Han Na (South Korea)
Norway- Netherland 28-26 (14-14)
Topscorers: Linn Jörum Sulland (Norway)10 goals and Lois Abbingh (Netherland) 5 goals
Best players of the match: Nora Mörk (Norway) and Nycke Groot (Netherland)
Norway started with Katrine Lunde, Karoline Dyhre Breivang, Linn Jörum Sulland, Anja Edin, Isabel Blanco, Camilla Herrem, Linn Kristin Riegelhuth-Koren and Mari Molid in defense changing position with Sulland.
The first half was a demonstration from 9 meters, Sulland and Edin scored from their backplayer positions and Isabel Blanco did good work on the line, getting seven meters and goals for her team. Netherland’s lineplayers Yvette Broch and Danick Snelder caused a lot of trouble for Norwegian defense, with seven meters and scoring many goals from that position.
Norway took the lead after 3 minutes, 3-1, 4-2, 5-3, 7-4, 9-6, 11-7. 12-8. In the last seven minutes of the first half guests made a strong comeback and managed to equalize the result by four consecutive goals scored by Broch, Luciano, Van der Hejden and Abbingh, 12-12. Half time result: 14-14
The second half was an exciting one, with two teams which made a close game, Netherland took the lead at 15-17, but an outstanding Nora Mörk step in and helped her team to rise up, scoring five times on a row, 20-19. To mention Katrine Lunde, saving 16 balls in this half, much over 50%. In the final Norway was better winning this game 28-26.