29 Jul. 2010
Germany and Hungary have won the last two placement matches for the ranks 5-8 in all European duels. Swedish Natalie Hagman will be the top scorer of the tournament.
Placement match 7/8:
Germany – Sweden 31:30 (16:16)
Title defender Germany has finished the 17th Women’s Junior WCH with a victory after they had lost their last two Main Round matches. The game was full of tension, as Marlene Zapf scored the decisive German goal to the score of 31:29 only 35 seconds before the final whistle. Both teams were on absolute eye level. After Germany was in lead 14:10 the Swedes scored a series of 6:1 to the 16:15. Right after the break the Germans took the lead again, but couldn’t extend it to more than two goals, as Sweden equalized straight ahead. Thanks to four consecutive goals Sweden changed from a 23:25 to 27:25 – but couldn’t defend their lead, as the roller coaster drove in the other direction and Germany scored a decisive 5:1 series – enough to win this placement match. Again Natalie Hagman was the Swedish top scorer with nine goals, but in total Marlene Zapf was the game’s best scorer with ten goals.
Placement match 5/6:
Netherlands – Hungary 28:29 (17:13)
The last placement match in Gwangju was another roller coaster: Netherlands and Hungary fought really hard to become fifth, but in the end the Hungarians were the lucky ones. The Netherlands were in lead in the complete first half and was intermediately ahead with five goals. But after the 17:12 Hungary scored incredible 9:0 goals and took the lead clearly with 21:17 and extended it to 27:21 before the Dutch team improved again and scored 7:2 goals in series, but in the end this wasn’t enough to beat Hungary. Two minutes before the end Hornyak decided the game with her successful shot to the 29:27. Top scorers were Debbie Bont and Jessy Kramer with each seven goals for the Netherlands and Dora Hornyak with seven goals for Hungary. By scoring only four goals Dutch Laura van der Heijden missed the top scorer’s crown. With in total 72 goals she ranks three goals below top scorer Natalie Hagman from Sweden (75). If the Koreans Ryu and Lee don’t score 22 or more goals in the Bronze final against Montenegro Hagman will remain on top.
23. DR Congo
24. Hong Kong