Norway sovereign World Champions
For the third time in history Norway on Sunday could celebrate winning gold at the women’s world championship in handball as the Norwegians in the World Championship final outplayed the Netherlands and won by 31-23 after having led by impressive 20-9 at the break.
The Dutch had a grip in the start of the match but in the eighth minute their outsider chances were deteriorated as talented Estavana Polman fell awkwardly and injured her hand.
Later Polman however returned to the pitch but it was obvious at reduced power in the beginning, and when Nycke Groot was also able to find her normal level of play, had the Dutch had to rely on right back Sanne van Olphen and pivot Danick Snelder.
The Norwegians did not draw on individual players. On the contrary.
When the teams went to the break ten Norwegians were noted on the scoring list with left wing Camilla Herrem as the most prolific with four goals.
Polman and the rest of the orange Dutchmen refused to throw the gun and the game was far more attractive after the break. But never really exciting.
Eight minutes before time had Dutch closed more than half of the gap at 21-26, but the Norwegians withdrew again and secured a deserved title.See all match reviews here