The rain is pouring down – but handball continues: Skandeborg defeated Nordwest

Despite the rain and drizzle, the ball continues to be thrown. One of today’s group finals was played between the Partille World Cup veterans Skandeborg HB and HSG Nordwest. After 30 challenging minutes, the Danes won the match and thus secured the group victory.

All around Gothenburg, a grand handball festival is underway, with decisive group stage matches everywhere you look. The weather, however, has chosen to show its bad side. The rain occasionally pours down over the fields at Heden, making the matches increasingly difficult to play.

Two teams that got the chance to play during a brief break in the weather were Danish Skandeborg HB and Swiss HSG Nordwest. Both teams are regular participants in the Partille World Cup, often bringing many teams that usually go far in the playoffs. With many teams come many supporters. Today’s match in the Boys 18 category was no exception.

HSG Nordwest supporters. Photo: Gunilla Mattsson

The match was tough with a lot of emotions on both sides. The wet artificial turf didn’t help the game either, and at halftime, Nordwest was barely leading, 5–4. In the second half, the Danish machine got going.

Goalkeeper saves piled up, and handball highlights from Danish youth national team players came in a steady stream. As the rain began to pour down, the number of goals decreased, but the Danes maintained their lead until the end of the match, thus securing the group victory. A partial goal for the Danes, who are probably seeking revenge after last year’s semifinal loss in the category.