After an exciting series of games, Hafnarfjördur club Haukar became the Icelandic champions in men’s handball on Saturday for the third year in a row and for the ninth time in total, after a 25-20 victory over Valur from Reykjavík.
In the first half, the teams took turns being in the lead. At one point, Valur achieved a three-goal lead, but then Haukar’s coach Aron Kristjánsson took a time-out, after which his men managed to even the score, ruv.is reports.
At half-time the score was 10-9 for Haukar. The second half was evenly matched to begin with. Haukar then took the lead and Valur couldn’t catch up.
“It is incredibly sweet,” commented Kristjánsson after the game. “The framework which the audience has formed around these games is amazing.” Approximately 2,500 people came to watch the final and the atmosphere was electric throughout the game.
Valur’s coach Óskar Bjarni Óskarsson said his team had found it difficult to break through Haukar’s defense and at the same time let down their guard. However, he said his team had still made him proud.
Valur recently became the Icelandic champions in women’s handball.
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