The team was on a high after the previous days result versus Asian Champions Mudhar (KSA) but todays challenge would be far greater. Sydney Uni HC would be taking on the defending champions THW Kiel. A monumental mismatch if there ever was one, THW Kiel the most successful european club versus an amateur Sydney based side. The win was already out of the equation, but all this aside, Sydney Uni HC was up to the challenge and had set it self the goal of scoring 17 goals and not allowing more than 40.
The game started all THW Kiel, with the German Champions shooting out to an early 7 goal lead. But as with the previous day, Sydney fought back and restored some pride to the score line. Goal keeper Thomas Gertsch was up to the challenge and stemmed the flow of goals allowing the attacking players to gain some rhythm.
The half time score weighed in at a one-sided 21-7 in favour of Kiel. Many teams would have conceded, but once more Sydney University HC stuck at it, eager to obtain their desired result. The second half went much the same as the first, with Kiel dominating play. That’s not to say there weren’t any highlights, Tomasz Szklarski top scored for the team with 5 goals, 2 from the 7m penalty stripe and the rest coming from in close quarters at pivot.
The game finished up Kiel unanimous victors 40-13. Sydney Uni HC goal keeper Pascal Winkler sums up the magnitude of the match, “It was a great challenge for us to face the world’s best team. Of course everybody saw the physical differences.” The team can be very proud of itself in this kind of match. THW Kiel was kept to 40 goals and coach Philipp Enders was more than pleased with his teams performance, “We wanted to present ourselves as well as possible against the best handball team of the world. We fought until we dropped and gave our best. Even the final score is adequate, even as I would like to have seen more goals from our team.”
Tomorrows match will be against Qatari team Al-Sadd at 6pm(gmt+3). Follow all the action at https://www.facebook.com/SydneyUniHandball