ROUND REVIEW: Two double-headers and five second legs this weekend complete the Last 16 in the Women's Challenge Cup.
Quarter-final of the Women’s Challenge Cup set
The two double-headers this weekend both ended with clear aggregate wins for the hosts.
In Switzerland, LK Zug won the first leg Saturday 29:25 against HC Karpaty from Ukraine; with 10 goals from Iryna Kompaniiets not being enough for Karpaty. And in the return match in the Sporthalle Zug, the Ukrainian side had no hope at all. Leading 19:10 already after the first half, Zug went on to win 36:25. This time, it was a Zug player, left back Sibylle Scherer who scored 10 goals.
In Poland, Kram Start Elblag also won both legs against ABU Baku. On Friday night, Elblag had a clear start with a 33:23 win and thus, together with a 32:24 win Saturday, the home side finished the job.
The defending Challenge Cup winners, Rocasa Gran Canaria ACE, were virtually in the quarter-final already, before receiving ZRK Mlinotest Ajdovscina from Slovenia for the return match on Saturday. Having won 31:18 away, Gran Canaria could see the home game as a formality, but they managed to stay sufficiently focused to win even bigger this time at 36:21.
In Switzerland, LK Zug won the first leg on Saturday 29:25 against HC Karpaty from Ukraine. Ten goals from Iryna Kompaniiets did not assist Karpaty and in the return match in the Sporthalle Zug, nothing helped the visitors at all. Already leading 19:10 after the first half, Zug went on to win 36:25. This time, it was a Zug player, left back Sibylle Scherer, who scored 10 goals.
Lokomotiva Zagreb are also set for the quarter-finals. The Croatian champions had won the first leg at home 33:25 against Ardesen GSK and on Sunday, they followed this win up with a further victory in Turkey. Away, 24:20 Zagreb won this time.
TEXT: Peter Bruun/tm
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