On 28th July, I plonked myself down in front of the TV and watched my first ever game of handball. The contest was a preliminary group match in the women’s competition at London 2012 and paired Denmark against the Scandinavian neighbours Sweden.
The Danish side won 21-18... unfortunately, it would be their only victory in the tournament, although two of their remaining group games ended in agonising single goal defeats to Korea (that will be South Korea...) and Norway.
I was completely enthralled by the pace, the hand-eye co-ordination and the vision that are all parts of the sport as well as the fitness and physicality of the players. Sadly (as the blog’s title suggests) I fear I’m too old make a belated Olympic debut, but I’d have to say I would have loved to have given handball a go... if only I’d been twenty-odd years younger... and fitter... much fitter.
I watched plenty of other games from both the men’s and women’s tournaments. For the record, the gold medals were claimed by France and Norway respectively, but what was particularly interesting is that the final destination on our recent holiday was Kotor in Montenegro... and the locals were
(quite rightly) only too keen to mention their women’s handball team who had returned from London with the silver medal. It was their country’s only medal at the Games...
The reason for mentioning handball – and the Danish team in particular – was that I received a message this morning from Denmark’s left wing and prolific goal scorer Ann-Grete Nørgaard, whose 32 goals made her the equal eighth highest scorer in the competition – and this despite playing in only five games (all bar one above her played in eight matches). It was lovely to hear from Ann-Grete and her “reward” for being kind enough to contact me is to be featured in my award-winning blog...
Actually it hasn’t won any awards yet... but if you’re looking for a regular random read, then one hundred plus visitors a day can’t be wrong. Can they?!
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