Champions League

Glassverket wants to gain international experience and please the fans

photo: Glasseverket IF
Glassverket wants to gain international experience and please the fans

Glassverket as a handball club had an amazing journey in the last years, as four years ago they have played in the second Norwegian division, called 1.divisjon. They won that league and stepped up to the Grundigligaen, the Norwegian championship. With hard work, a lot of ambition and faith the team managed to climb higher and higher in the Norwegian league, and last season they already finished on the second place behind Larvik HK, having the chance to play in the Champions League qualification tournament.  That time Glassverket had to face Győr in the final of QT, and they did not manage to qualify, their opponent gone all the way to the CL final last season. This season they had an easier way, overcoming Ankara and Podravka in the QT, Glassverket made it for the first time into the groups of Champions League.

The earlier head coach left the club and took with him most of the players from last season’s team, all of them landed in Kristiansand at Vipers.

The new head coach arrived and brought with him some earlier Champions League experience from his time at Byåsen. Some of the newcomer players have also experience from CL, like Marianne Iversen (earlier Larvik player), Birna Berg Haraldsdottir(from Sävehof) and June Andænes (earlier Byåsen).

08-DrammenshallenThe goal of Glassverket in this season is to gain international experience, to win one or two matches on home court and give some exciting games to their fans in Drammenhallen. At the same time, they want to  please their sponsors and make them continue supporting the club.

Left the club: Jeanette Kristiansen (Vipers), Kari Brattset (Vipers), Kristin Nørstebø (Vipers), Martina Thørn (FC Midtjylland), Monica Iversen (end of career)  Hege Bakken Wahlqvist (Tvis Holstebro), Eline Jarlsrud Rikartsen (Stabæk),  Headcoach: Kenneth Gabrielsen

Newcomers: June Andenæs (Molde), Marianne Iversen (Flint), Birna Berg Haraldsdottir (Sävehof), Martine Wolff (Nordstrand), Mette Leipart (Nordstrand), Amalie Jøsendal (Njård), Geir Oustorp (headcoach)

The squad

Goalkeepers: Guro Rundbråten, Marte Langeli, Silje Johanesen

Leftbacks: Magdalena Mitrovic (GER), Anna Riakhina

Rightbacks: Birna Berg Haraldsdottir (ISL), Line Ellertsen

Playmakers: Marianne Iversen, Tine Bronsta, Emilie Christensen, Anna Brekke Aasprong, Tyril Merg

Lineplayers: June Andenæs, Lisa Bernhardsen Forsberg, Martine Wolf, Anne Landaas Hovland, Monica Iversen

Leftwings: Aasbo Charlotte, Linn Andresen, Nina Bull-Engelstad, Henriette Josendal, Mette Leipart

Rightwings: Line Bjørnsen, Pia Narvesen, Pernille Hyggen


Opponents in the group matches: Buducnost, THC and Metz in Group A

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Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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