3rd December 2018

European Challenge Cup: GD fight to the end

London GD’s European Handball Federation (EHF) Challenge Cup campaign has met an end at the hands of Donbass HC.

After victory over Livingston in round two, the Londoners played both third round legs in Zaporizhzhia, in south-eastern Ukraine, against Donbass HC – currently third in the Ukraine Super League.

In the first match they were defeated 40-22, despite being only six goals down at half-time. In the second leg it was a similar story. Down by five at half-time, Donbass applied more pressure in the second half and GD went down to an identical 18-goal margin, losing 33-15.

Alexander Rauner scored nine in total across the two matches, and Ayrton Gelin netted six times in total.

Head coach Miguel Puig took the positives from the campaign. “Our expectations were always to fight, give a good image as a team and learn from the experience. We have had good moments of handball and playing during some parts of the game, proof of that is that we were down 6 and 5 in the half time of both games respectively, our defence was solid and our goalkeepers had impressive numbers.”

The team enjoyed their journey to south-eastern Ukraine. “It was a great experience for our team in general, and have to mention the great organisation from the host team, accommodating to our different requests in terms of transport. For some of our players it was the first time they joined the European Journey and I’m sure they enjoyed it.”    


Photo courtesy of London GD Handball Club.

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