Lavik HK has qualified to the Main Round from the second position of their group, after being defeated twice by Krim and landed right among the three teams which has qualified from the group of death (Győri Audi ETO KC, FCM, CSM Bucuresti). After their weaker performance from the fall nobody has expected such a strong performance in the Main Roud from the Norwegian champions. The club has economical troubles (again) , and only few players from the actual squad has extended their contracts. The Hammerseng-Edin couple has announced their retirement after this season, Sanna Solberg transfered to Denmark and an unsecure financial background is hanging over the team as the sword of Damocles. Despite all these circumtances, Larvik HK played a close game in Bucuresti, earning one point (and loosing the other one acually, after they were in lead almost all the way), than managed to beat FCM on homecourt and to put the powerhouse of Győr to the wall in the previous round, in Győr.
CSM Bucuresti has qualified from the last position with only two points in their baggage. Than lost one point against Larvik, but defeated Krim and Esbjerg clearly. The team of Aurelian Rosca arrived to Norway to get the victory.
The match was very exciting and supporter-friendly, even for neutrals, because the two teams scored a lot of goals, with a bunch of eye-catching phases in attack, and the first half ended 18-18. None of the goalkeepers were in great shape, Toft, Ungureanu and Grubisic had tough moments during this match, not being able to show their real level.
Larvik was driven by an amazing Amanda Kurtovic, Thea Mörk and Gro Hammerseng-Edin, as Bucuresti’s leaders were Carmen Martin, Isabelle Gullden and Linnea Torstensson.
After the first half’s draw Larvik made a 4-0 in the first three minutes of the second half (22-18) and later they increased to six goals lead, 30-24. But the opponent was not done yet, so they made an impressive comeback in the dying minutes, 34-33, when Gro Hammerseng-Edin decided the whole game with a last fastbreak, 34-32, keepeing the important two points home.
With this victory Larvik secured quarter-final berth, but their position is unsecure, as they could end on the fourth place still.
Larvik HK – CSM Bucuresti 34 – 32 (18 – 18)
Larvik: Kurtovic 8, Frafjord 7, Mörk 7, G.Hammerseng-Edin 5, Riegelhuth-Koren 3, Breistöl 2, Stange 2, Breivang 1
CSM Bucuresti: Martin 6, Gulldén 7, Torstensson 5, Niombla 4, Ayglon-Saurina 4, Lobach 2, Mehmedovic 1, Curea 1, Bradeanu 1