Is a Scandinavian handball tradition to play the finals of the Cups between Christmas and New Year’s Eve and was nothing different this year in Norway.
On 29th of December the finals of the Norwegian Cup was organised as always in the Oslo Spektrum. On the women side, Larvik HK was facing Tertnes Bergen and everyone was expecting a clear Larvik-victory. Tor Odvar Moens team had to play without Alina Wojtas (knee problems) and Kristine Breistøl (bursitis).
Tertnes girls arrived to Oslo Spektrum motivated and gave a very hard fight to Larvik, who never managed to find the fluent attacking play and new European champion, 18 years old Kjerstin Boge Solås was unstoppable, putting nine goals behind Sandra Toft in the Larvik goal.
In the first half Tertnes and Larvik were close all the time, Larvik went to the locker rooms with a slight one goal advantage, 12 -11. Solås and Riegelhuth-Koren were the topscorers of their teams and the question was if the young team from Bergen will manage to keep up the fight against a more experienced Larvik.
The answer came in the second half when Tertnes was as close as 15-15, then managed to take the lead 15 -17. Larvik struggled in attack, Gro Hammerseng-Edin could not find the place behind Davidsen, but Marit Malm Frafjord was very efficient.
In the last ten minutes of the match Larvik managed to improve their defence, Toft made some important saves, Kurtovic, Riegelhuth-Koren and Frafjord scored, and Tertnes did not manage to keep up the pace with their experienced opponent.
Larvik HK – Tertnes Bergen 24 – 19 (12 – 11)
Topscorers: Linn-Kristin Riegelhuth Koren (Larvik HK) 8 goals and Kjersti Boge Solås (Tertnes) 9 goals