Which team will win Baltic Handball League 2017?
Baltic Handball legue
The management of Baltic Handball League has agreed to make some changes to the final group stage matches in BHL. This is due to the fact, that the Finnish club Cocks Riihimäki is playing in the EHF Cup group stage at the same time, when the final BHL weekend was planned.
The pen-ultimate weekend of the 2016/17 Baltic Handball League's group stage delivered some mixed emotions. Two truly dramatic matches were played, one in Riihimäki, one in Viljandi. But also victories by 23- and 20-goal margin took place. The season's record for the biggest win now belongs to SKA Minsk, who beat Celtnieks Riga by 46-23.
Only two weeks has past after last BHL weekend and we have another interesting two days ahead of us – 8 matches will be played across four countries with all 11 teams returning to action. Several clubs may secure quarter-final places, but the final positions in both preliminary groups look certain to be decided during the ultimate weekend in early March.
There was no similar shock results as at the World Championships in France this weekend in Baltic Handball League, but they were surely interesting two days with very tight matches. Out of 9 matches, 6 finished with the winning margin being five goals or smaller, in addition to one draw.
While most of the "handball-eyes" may be locked in direction of France, where the World Championships are in full speed, Baltic Handball League also returns from a month-long break. This weekend 9 matches will take place with Estonia becoming the main battleground, as a total of 6 games will be played in Põlva, Viljandi and Kehra.
The final Baltic Handball League weekend of 2016 brought joy to some teams and disappointment for others, but it was surely an exciting weekend. Cocks Riihimäki, HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper and Viljandi HC were the most successful teams, recording two wins, while three-time winner SKA Minsk suffered already their third defeat of the season and VHC Šviesa Vilnius picked up first points.
|3||HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper||8||5||0||3||229:229||0||10|
|5||VHC Šviesa Vilnius||7||1||0||6||182:214||-32||2|