Teammates and fans of the Avaldsnes women’s football club were still savouring their victory in Norway’s national cup final over the weekend. Their 1-0 win over Vålerenga of Oslo marked the first time they’d ever won a major trophy.
And what a trophy it was, as the women were cheered after the match at the Telenor Arena at Fornebu and later when they returned home to Karmøy in Western Norway. The women clutched their coveted King’s Trophy and thoroughly enjoyed all the golden streamers that traditionally shower over both the women’s and men’s cup winners.
“I don’t cry very often, but today there were some tears,” Elise Thorsnes, who’s helped build up the Avaldsnes club into a top team in Norwegian football that also won league silver, told newspaper Aftenposten. “I’ve won cup gold before (on other teams), but this was the greatest club victory I’ve experienced.”
Her own celebration didn’t last long, though, as she traveled shortly after the match to Australia, where she’ll play for Canberra United through the winter (summer down under). Most of her teammates were taking off on holiday after a long and successful season.