21st November 2016
Olympia women played LK Zug and Cambridge men faced Lokomotiv Varna in the EHF Challenge Cup third-round.
Olympia hosted LK Zug at Medway Park in Gillingham. The two legs provided spectators a rare chance to watch European-club handball in the flesh in England. The two red matches attracted a combined 250 spectators. The Swiss side won the ‘home’ leg 45-17, before a 40-7 victory in their ‘away’ leg.
Mathilde Bidstrup-Nielsen and Pauline Uhmann top scored for Olympia over the two matches with five goals apiece. You can watch the action on Olympia’s Facebook page.
Cambridge travelled to Bulgaria to take on Varna. Cambridge lost the ‘away’ leg 22-36 but produced a great second-half performance, scoring 15 goals to Varna’s 17. The legacy of 2012 was also shown with two great goals early on from Tobias Barker. Tobias was inspired to play handball from watching the sport at London 2012. Cambridge looked strong again in the first half of the second leg, trailing by just 12-18 at the break. However, injuries meant Cambridge were without two of their backs. Their absence began to tell as the Super-7 side began to tire and Varna pulled away in the second period to win 40-25.
Florian Stroehl notched an impressive 12 times for Cambridge in the second leg, adding to his six from the first leg. Alejandro Garcia Costa beat the keeper 10 times over the two matches.