Norwegian NT is in a preparation period, where hey played two matches, Norway B defeated Sweden (which will play ECh qualification match against Slovenia this weekend) and Norway’s best team has been defeated in South Korea by hosts.
Norway B is a team with nine newcomers, players from the U20 NT, born is 1994, and some more experienced young players as goalkeper Emily Stang Sando, Jeanette Kristiansen, Gina Lorentzen or Sakura Hauge.
“It was fun to win this fight. The girls has worked hard, I was really impressed with the work they showed in this game. Especially in defense the things worked out very well, in a 5-1 defense we had practiced in only one workout session”- Aksel Staffansson siad.
Elverum, Terningen Arena, 100 spectators
Norway B – Sweden 34 -25 (18 – 15)
NOR: Ingvild Bakkerud 7, Martine Hovden 6, Gina Lorentzen 5, Hanna Bredal Oftedal 3, Jenny Osnes Græsholt 3, Kristin Nørstebø 2, Kari Brattset 2, Emilie Hegh Arntzen 2, Jeanett Kristiansen 2, Emily Stang Sando 1, Silje Waade 1
Topscorers SWE: Johanna Ahlm 4, Anna-Maria Johansson 4
SK handball Stadium, 3000 spectators
South Korea – Norway 32 – 30 (14 – 17)
Scorers Norway: Veronica Kristiansen 5, Camilla Herrem 5, Stine R. Skogrand 4, Tine Stange 3, Maren Gundersen 3, Linn Gossé 3, Hanna Yttereng 2, Karoline Dyhre Breivang 2, Nora Mørk 2, Bettina Riegelhuth 1
Norway was in lead after the break, 17-14, and they kept the lead, having a fout goal advantage at 24 – 20, when it looked like that the Norwegian play is appropriate, but South Korea managed to close the gap and in the dying minutes of the match hey turned the score.
Norway tried to play with seven court-players, changing the goalkeeper for the offensive phase, but Korea was better when the final whistle gone.
“Koreans have an unusual playing style. We have not played much against that type of movements, this made that we lost. We had several good attacks and counterattacks. Camilla Herrem showed off his speed and played well.
Veronica Egebakken Kristiansen also stood up. She is constant and had a good control of the game. In addition, lineplayers got many chances, whic is positive.
We got too many goals, which was unwanted, so we have to improve our defense to the next game.” – Mia Högdal Hermansson said.