Icelandic men and women grab handball championship places

Both of Iceland’s national adult handball teams insured their places in large tournaments this long weekend. The Icelandic men’s handball team qualified for the European championship and the women’s team for the world championship.

The European Men’s Handball Championship will be held in January in Serbia and the World Women’s Handball Championship will take place in Brazil this December. The Icelandic men qualified after a convincing victory this Sunday over Austria in Reykjavik. They won 44-29.

The Icelanders began the game in energetic fashion and had the score up to 21-14 by half time. The second half proved even more action packed and the game ended with a 15 goal difference.

The Icelandic men’s team insured its place in the next championships and has been at every world and European championship since 2000 — with the exception of two years ago.

The Icelandic women’s team only needed to draw with Ukraine to qualify for the Worlds — which they managed with a score of 24-24 in the second leg. They won the first game against Ukraine with a 19 goal difference. This will be the first time the Icelandic women compete at a world handball championship.

RUV reported that Hanna Gudrun Stefansdottir scored the most goals in the game. She scored six goals; five of which came from penalties.