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Date: 5/16/2018
 

Alongside the Women’s EHF Champions League, two other major EHF competitions, the Women’s EHF Cup and Women’s Challenge Cup, finished on the weekend, with the titles celebrated by teams from Romania and Poland. In what was their first EHF Cup campaign, SCM Craiova won the EHF Cup after defeating Norwegian team Vipers Kristiansand 52:51 on aggregate in the two-leg final. It is Craiova’s first international club trophy.

 

After Vipers took a 26:22 win at home in the first leg of the final, Craiova needed a win of five goals or more to claim the title – and that is precisely the advantage they finished with (30:25 in the second leg) thanks to two saves in the last 20 seconds by 2016 Junior World Championship bronze medallist Yuliya Dumanska.

 

21-year-old Dumanska has already joined the Romania senior team and is expected to become a key player for the side in the coming years, and her performances throughout the EHF Cup proved she is a talent to watch.  

 

Craiova took the title, but it was Vipers’ former Norwegian international Linn Jorum Sulland who finished as top scorer of the competition, with 78 goals ahead of Craiova’s Romania back Cristina Florianu (69 goals).

 

In the Challenge Cup, it was MKS Perla Lublin who celebrated. The first-leg final against Rocasa Gran Canaria ended in a 22:22 draw, giving MKS Perla Lublin a certain edge with the prospect of the decisive return match taking place on their court. The Polish team capitalised on that advantage, taking a 27:23 win at home to win the Cup 49:45 on aggregate.

 

It is the first Challenge Cup victory for Lublin, who have celebrated one European club title before: the EHF Cup in 2000/01.

 

Croatian Larissa Kalaus finished as the top scorer of the Challenge Cup, with 58 goals for HC Lokomotiva Zagreb.

 

More information on the EHF Cup and Challenge Cup can be found on the official website.

 

Photos: MKS Perla Lublin, Bogdan Danescu

 

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