Norwegian Cup final
Vipers Kristiansand – Storhamar HE 29 – 26 ( 15 – 11)
Referees: Liltved, Jørstad
Vipers: Pedersen, Yang (GK) – Hegh Arntzen 8(2), Aune1, Morais, Jonassen 2 , Waade 4, Andenæs, Vehusheia, Dahl, Tomac 1, Yttereng, Reistad 5, Næss Andersen 3, Andersen, Løke 5
Storhamar: Liden, Lerstad (GK) – Skinnehaugen 5, Folkvord 3, Jakobsen, Mortvedt, Venn 4, Enkerud 6, Andersen, Løkke-Øvre, Solberg Svele 4, Fredriksson, Haugen, Sjaamo, Hovden 3(1)
Suspensions: 8 minutes; 6 minutes
7-meters: 3 (2); 3 (1)
The traditional Norwegian Cup finals are organized at the end of the year in Oslo Spektrum. The best two teams have qualified to the women final, Vipers and Storhamar.
Vipers play without Katrine Lunde, Linn Jørum Sulland, Tonje Refsnes meanwhile Storhamar misses Bettina Riegelhuth and Guro Nestaker, the two leftbacks.
The first half was a close one, in the first 15 minutes Vipers tarted better, 3-1, but they never managed to make a bigger gap and Storhamar equalized 8-8 than took the lead 8-9. The two goalkeepers, Stine Liden for Storhamar and Andrea Austmo Pedersen for Vipers made a fantastic first half, the best goalscorers were Heidi Løke (5) and Henny Ella Reistad (3) back after a long injury-break. Half time result: 15-11.
In teh second half of the final Vipers had a better start, leading 19-13 after 10 minutes of play, 22-15 after 12 minutes. Hegh-Arntzen and Næss Andersen were the main scorers for Vipers in this half, Storhamar had problems finding the goal at all. Vipers had a good period, gathering an eight-goal lead, 24-16, but Storhamar made a final effort and clsed the gap 27-25 just 4 minutes before the end. Tonje Enkerud, Elise Skinnehaugen or Kristinn Venn scored for Storhamara and Tonje Lerstad showed some good saves in the goal. In theis period Vipers seemed to lose focus both in attack and defense and the dying minutes become more exciting than expected.
Andrea AUstmo Pedersen closed the deal with two extremely important saves in last minutes and Reistad scored in attack, 28-25.
The last Storhamara timeout could not solve any problem, Vipers won the final 29-26.