09.07.2011, 07:28
Women: Croatia are European Beach Handball Champions 2011!

In a close and tough final they managed to beat Denmark in Umag, Croatia.

Croatia are Women’s European Champions in Beach Handball 2011!

The sixth match day has been the day of decisions at the 2011 Women’s European Beach Handball Championship in Umag, Croatia. Over the whole day the final ranking was decided.

After a tournament with great performances, the national team of Poland lost their last match clearly against Turkey. The Turks underlined their good game-play and finished on seventhg rank, one spot before Poland.

In the 5/6 placement match, Hungary won the first set, but closely lost the second one to an ambitious Spanish side. In a long shoot-out, the Hungarians had the better ending and could secure fifth place.

Title defenders Italy played for Bronze against World Champions Norway. The Scandinavians dominated the first set, which they also won, but lost their pace and were clearly beaten in the second set. The shoot-out ended with a close victory for the Italians. The unlucky Norwegians ended up on fourth place – same as their men’s team.

In the final, hosting nation Croatia was cheered by the many fans that had come to see the big game. The home team also played a strong first set against Denmark, which they won and looked hard to beat. But the Danes fought back, and managed to win the second set and take the final to the shoot-out. The Croatians had the better end and took gold in their home country.

Final Day results

Placement Match 7/8
Poland vs. Turkey 0:2

Placement Match 5/6
Hungary vs. Spain 2:1

Placement Match 3/4
Italy vs. Norway 2:1

Denmark vs. Croatia 1:2

Final Standings

1. Croatia
2. Denmark
3. Italy
4. Norway
5. Hungary
6. Spain
7. Turkey
8. Poland
9. Ukraine
10. FYR Macedonia
11. Serbia
12. Switzerland
13. Cyprus
14. Greece

Find all results of the 2011 Women’s European Beach Handball Championship here.

Further information

Find photos and more info on the Official Event Website


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