We are the champions (Boys)

B10: IK Sund–OV Helsingborg 6–12  (3–7)

Today’s first final was a Helsingborg derby between Sund and Helsingborg. The players were greeted by warm applause in the rainfall at Heden during Saturday morning. Both teams had gone as a train during the tournament and won all their matches. This time, however, Helsingborg was the strongest. After having a four ball lead in the break, they increased the lead with two goals in the second half and eventually won 12–6. Max Pedersen was one of the field’s best players and he tells that the teams work before the tournament gave results.

– We get through their defense and have a good move. Prior to the tournament, some of us train with those who are one year older and that was good, he says.

B11: RK Zagreb 1–RK Rugvica 14–10 (6–6)

Today’s second final stood between two of Croatia’s best teams in boys 11 – Zagreb and Rugvica. Last year, Zagreb won boys 10 and this year they were looking to take another title. And it started well for the white dressed team who quickly took the lead. At the end of the first half they dropped back a little and in the break we had 6–6 on the scoreboard. But Zagreb would go home with another title. When the final whistle sounded they had done a brilliant second half and won by 14–10. The final goal made Petar Sprem – son of former Croatian national team player Goran Sprem – and he is moved to tears after the game.

– I am very happy! We have played well throughout the whole tournament and we do this as teams not as individuals. We deserve to win, says Petar Sprem.

B21: IK Sävehof–Hjortshöj Egå IF 15–18 (6–11)

After Zagreb celebrated their second straight Partille Cup gold it was time for the third boys final of the day. On Heden 2, two physical teams from Swedish Sävehof and Danish Hjortshöj made up for the victory in boys 21. Sävehof had a thin squad ahead of the finals because of injuries, which meant that the team was forced to walk around a few players while Hjortshöj had a lot more to choose from. This was also shown on the field. The Danes came out strongest and had a lead with five balls at the break. Sävehof stepped up in the second half but did not reach all the way. The match ended 18–15 to Hjortshöj, which celebrated with song and dance after the final whistle.

– All the players from Sävehof were not available and then we have to win this game. Now we are going to celebrate with something good to eat, says Hjortshöjs Kasper Nykjaern

B18: IK Sävehof–Lugi HF 1 21–22 (7–11)

The most thrilling final so far was between the Swedish teams Sävehof and Lugi in boys 18. The match contained high quality handball – both defensive and offensive. Lugi was in the lead at the beginning and Sävehof was struggling to get close to the team from Lund. At half time it was 11–7 to Lugi who got themselves into pole position before the second half. But Sävehof came out as a new team after the break and managed to equalize just before full time. In sudden death, Lugi got a penalty after 20 seconds. From seven meters, Linus Eriksson-Lilja was ice cold and became the match winning hero.

– It felt a little shaky before the penalty but after this match we were worth winning. Now we are going to celebrate with disco on the bus home, he says.

B12: H 71–RK Maksimir Pastela 6–15 (4–6)

In the final for boys 12 played H 71 from the Faroe Islands and RK Maksimir Pastela from Croatia. Just before the match started, the sun came up on the Gothenburg sky and warmed a bit extra. It was not necessary though for the game on the field were hard, tough and tight, which pleased the crowd at Heden 2. After the first half, Maksimir Pastela had the lead with 6–4. When the second half started the Croatians turned up the pace, flew away from their opponents and won with 15–6. Jakov Peric is delighted to win the Partille Cup after last year’s stumbling stop just before the final.

– We went out in the semifinal so I am very happy to win. We are playing well apart from a few technical errors at the start of the game, he says.

B13: RK Maksimir Pastela–Hörning Håndbold 12–11 (8–6)

Two teams from Croatia have already lifted the Partille Cup trophy during Saturday’s previous finals. In boys 13, it was time again when Maksimir Pastela made their younger colleagues company in the honoured group of players of gold medalists of the Partille Cup. But it was not easy hard. Horning Håndbold from Denmark kept pace with the Croats all the way to the finish line. Maksimir Pastela eventually won 12–11 after the halftime result 8–6. Player Ivan Culo from Maksimir Pastela said this with tears in his eyes after the game.

– It feels absolutely unbelievable. We play well defense and that is why we win. I can not find more words right now.

B14: RK Zagreb–Hörning Håndbold 21–9 (12–6)

Croatia’s success story in the Partille Cup 2017 continues. Zagreb’s boys 14 became third straight team in the boys and fourth teams in total from Croatia to take home the gold medal in the Partille Cup. In the final they met Hörning Handbold from Denmark and it did not take long before Zagreb had one hand on the trophy. At Half time it was 12–6 on the scoreboard and in the second half, the Croatians increased that lead and won by 21–9. Andro Lopac was one of the team’s top players and like many of the other winning players in the Partille Cup, he chooses to praise the team.

– We have a better organization and play more like a team than Hörning. I am extremely pleased to have won the Partille Cup and have met so many new friends, he says.

B15: H 71–Skanderborg 8–13 (4–8)

In the second last final of the year, H 71 from Faroe Islands played against Skanderborg from Denmark. It was a tough game with hard play and good support from the stands. The game were physical and the teams gave each other little space to work with. The Danes were ahead from the start and with a good goalkeeper and a good offensive game, they had the lead at halftime – 8–4. The second half was even, but H 71 never managed to close in on their opponents and the green shirted Skanderborg could lift the Partille Cup trophy after winning 13–8. Tomas Sommer-Andersen, was  with his strong breakthrough game, an extremely important reason for the gold ending up in Denmark. He has difficulty in finding the words after the final.

– I do not really know what to say. We win because we have a strong defense. It feels great to have won the Partille Cup, he says.

B16: HK–Aranäs 1–Skanderborg HB 11–15 (5–6)

It was Aranäs and Skanderborg who made up in the boys 16 final as well as the last final of the Partille Cup 2017. The match was even in the beginning and the teams followed followed each other on the scoreboard. Both goalkeepers had a good day and made several good saves during the first 30 minutes. At halftime Skanderborg had the lead by 6–5. In the beginning of the second half, Skanderborg ran away from their opponents. Some suspensions made it difficult for the Swedes to get back into the game. Skanderborg won with 15–11 and the player Oliver Juhl is very happy to lift the trophy.

–It feels incredible! It is the first time I am here, the tournament has been great and to win feels extra special, he says.

The winners of the B-playoffs
B21: Hörning Håndbold (DAN)
B18: Torslanda HK (SWE)
B16: E.C Pinheiros (BRA)
B15: TJ Dukla Praha 1 (CZE)
B14: IFK Kristianstad 3 (SWE)
B13: Ski IL 2 (NOR)
B12: HK Aranäs 2 (SWE)
B11: RK Zagreb 2 (CRO)
B10: Önnereds HK 1 (SWE)

Alexander Olausson