EGE Trans Arena, Bietigheim
Norway – Poland 35 – 20 (18 – 11)
Norway – Kristiansen 6, Herrem 3, Mørk 4 (2), Skogrand 4, Oftedal 5 (1), Brattset 3, Ingstad 2, Kurtovic 2, Solberg 4 , Jacobsen 1, Fauske 1
Poland – Achruk 1(1), Zych 4, Zawisztovszka, Drabik 2, Szarawaga 2, Kudlacz-Gloc 3, Grzyb 3, Janisewska 2, Roszak 1. Liszewska 2
Suspensions: 2 minutes; –
7 meters: 5/3; 5/3
Player of the match: Veronica Kristiansen (NOR)
Norway line-up was weakened as Heidi Løke and Emilie Hegh Arntzen was forced to stay in the player-hotel, as they got food poisoning. Despite this Norway started strong, I would say toxic for Poland, as Katrine Lunde had “the day” in the goal, presenting a clean goalkeeper show, Veronica Kristiansen has found her shooting hand for this match, but on other positions was not worse either. Herrem scored from fastbreaks, Brattset from the line, Skogrand from the right wing. Nora Mørk and Stine Oftedal made whatever they wanted in the middle, in front of Polish defense. Poland stuck to their opponent in the first ten minutes, 6-3, 7-4, but Kudlacz-Gloc and her team were not anymore able to follow the stormy Norwegians. First half was won 18-11 by Thorir Hergeirssons team.
The second half got not any better for Poland, as Norway continued on a higher speed as earlier in the match, for the last 15 minutes Kari Aalvik Grimsbø replaced Lunde in the goal and she ended up on 64% of saves. Poland made mistakes, missed clear chances and all in all had a bad day against a Norway in big shape. Final result: 35-20.