Handball team off to great start

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Norway’s women’s handball team made a strong opening at the World Championships in Japan this weekend, and scored another victory on Monday. The team that’s become part of the national heritage in Norway utterly trounced both of their opponents.

On Saturday they rolled over Cuba with a score of 47 to 16. On Monday they faced off against Slovenia and struggled in the beginning, according to state broadcaster NRK, only to be “saved” by Ingvild Bakkerud from Kongsberg, who was making her debut at a world championship. She scored three goals in a row, and then three more.

“Wow, she just came right in and blasted the ball right into the goal,” grinned veteran player Camilla Herrem after the match. Norway ended up beating Slovenia by a score of 36-20.

Slovenia had been viewed as the first big test for Norway, not least after Slovenia opened with a victory over Netherlands, one of the favourites at the World Championships.

Norway will meet Serbia next in the first Group A portion of the tournament, then Angola and the Netherlands. The World Championships run through most of December.

newsinenglish.no staff