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DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4: Vipers Kristiansand

photo: Terje Refsnes/Vipers
DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4: Vipers Kristiansand
Ibolya Szekeres

DELO WOMENS EHF FINAL4 – 11-12th of May 2019

Budapest, Papp László Sportsarena

The four participants: Metz Handball (FRA), Rostov Don (RUS), Vipers Kristiansand (NOR), Győri Audi ETO KC (HUN)

Vipers Kristiansand – facts

Norwegian champion 2018, 2019

  • participates for the first time
  • the second season in the Women’s EHF Champions League and made it to the DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4
  • mainly Norwegian players in the squad, with the exception of one Danish player – Mathilde Kristensen and one player from Angola, Caroline Morais (rightwing)
  • has only two players with earlier CL trophies: Katrine Lunde – 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2014, Linn Jørum Sulland – 2011, and the head coach Ole Gustav Gjekstad won CL with Larvik back in 2011, in addition, the assistant coach Kristine Lunde Borgersen has also two CL-titles with Viborg HK as a player
  • only two players competed earlier in Women’s EHF Final4 in Budapest: Katrine Lunde (2013/2014 with Gyor-winner), Linn Jørum Sulland – 2015 (with Larvik, silver medals) and 2016 (with Gyor, silver medals)
  • Vipers will be supported by several hundreds of pink-clothed Norwegian fans on the stands in Budapest, this is a first time for them too
  • Vipers Kristiansand will meet Győri Audi ETO KC (the title holder) in the first semifinal on Saturday, the 11th of May, 15.15
  • Vipers had already met Győr twice during the Main Round and the Hungarian side finished both encounters victorious, but even it sounds a cliche, in the Final4 every match has its own life…

Fun facts:

  • Katrine Lunde has played last time in the Women’s EHF Final4 as a Győr player, and now she will face Győr in the semifinal
  • Jeanette Kristiansen (Vipers) will face her sister Veronica Kristiansen (Győr) in the semifinal, and both will make their debut at this event
  • Caroline Morais will be the first player form Angola to play at the DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4
  • Katrine Lunde seems to be the oldest player at this event, she is 39 years old
Kristiansen vs.Kristiansen, photo: gyorietokc

The recipe for the teams play is the Scandinavian one, based on hard and compact defense backed by an experienced goalkeeper, combined with deadly fastbreaks and easy goals. The mix of experienced and young, talented players could also give an extra boost for this team as well as they think big and are hungry for success.

Ole Gustav Gjekstad (former Larvik head coach) took over the team after he had a break from handball and had worked with insurance for three years. His arrival seemed to add the necessary extra to the play of this team, even if the head coach himself is also a bit surprised over such a quick success:
“The players have responded very well to the changes I have made, and I am really happy to work with them. We have been achieving great results in the Champions League sooner than we could allow ourselves to hope for, so the season has been one big upturn.
“Playing the FINAL4 means a lot to us all. Before the start of the season, most of the people in the club probably did not believe this to be possible.
– Gjekstad said for the ehfcl.com.

Key players: Katrine Lunde – goalkeeper, Linn Jørum Sulland – right back, Henny Ella Reistad – playmaker, Malin Aune – rightwinger

The team:

Goalkeepers: Katrine Lunde, Eline Fagerheim

Leftwings: Karoline Olsen, Sunniva Næss Andersen, Vilde Jonassen

Rightwings: Malin Aune, Caroline Morais

Playmakers: Henny Ella Reistad, Marta Tomac, Tonje Refsnes

Leftbacks: Emilie Hegh-Arntzen, Jeanett Kristiansen

Rightbacks: Linn Jørum Sulland, Silje Waade

Lineplayers: Mathilde Kristensen, Hanna Yttereng, Pernille Wibe

Headcoach: Ole Gustad Gjekstad, assistant coach: Kristine Lunde-Borgersen

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Ibolya Szekeres

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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