Handball CL: Excelent start for Oltchim, decent debut for Jolidon


A carnival by boisterous Romanian fans in Ramnicu Valcea’s jam-packed arena produced a feast of breathtaking handball on the court as Oltchim and Hypo treated the audience to a cracking encounter during their first encounter in the Group A Champions League qualifiers. Romanian players won the game with a comfortable 30-25 (15-12)Any questions how quickly Oltchim’s expensively assembled outfit, packed with natural talent and big names, can click after nine players left to make way for the much fancied new arrivals were emphatically answered in a thorough and impressive dismissal of Hypo, eurohandball.com informs.The inspired Katarina Bulatovic , who won the silver medal with Montenegro in the 2012 Olympics after her EHF Champions League triumph, led the way with 10 goals for Oltchim, followed by Portuguese Sandrina Barbosa and towering pivot Oana Manea who netted four each.Gorica Acimovic was Hypo’s top performer in attack with six goals while Alexandra Do Nascimento, one of eight Brazilians in Hypo’s roster, chipped in with five.In their first game in the CL groups ever, U Jolidon Cloj made a honorable debut in Slovenia, losing by only one point (27-28) against much better quoted Krim Mercator, in Group B.Mihaela Ani-Senocico enjoyed a fine game for Cluj with eight goals and Carmen Cartas added seven.

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