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BHL Newsletter: Serviti suffered first domestic defeat of 2019
The new season of Baltic Handball League started on Sunday with SKA Minsk beating Dragunas Klaipeda 30:23 (16:11), but all other ten teams were also in action in different competitions last week with eight of them recording victories.
BHL champion Cocks Riihimäki continued their EHF Champions League campaign, playing away to CD Bidasoa Irun. Spanish club – a 1994/95 Champions League winner – returned to the competition after 23 years of absence and defeated the Finnish side by 32:19 (Nico Rönnberg 5 goals).
Last year's BHL runner-up ZTR Zaporozhye recorded the biggest win of the week by BHL clubs, winning domestic league match against CSKA Kyiv by a 25-goal margin, 39:14 (Vladyslav Zalevskiy and Oleksandr Tilte 6).
In Estonian league, the replay of last year's final took place for the first time this season and HC Tallinn managed to beat Serviti Põlva by 27:22 (Robin Oberg 6 – Henri Sillaste 7). It was the first domestic defeat for Estonian record champions in the calendar year of 2019 and put a stop to their 18-match winning run.
Two other BHL Group B teams took victories in the second round of Estonian league. Viljandi HC was clearly better over Aruküla/Audentes, 27:14 (Volodymyr Maslak 6) and is the only side with two wins. HC Kehra/Horizon Pulp&Paper beat SK Tapa by 27:19 (Dmytro Yankovskiy 7).
Latvian league started with both BHL teams playing MSG/LAT 2000 inside two days and both recorded comfortable victories. Celtnieks Riga took a 41:27 win (Artis Kurmens 10) on Friday and ZRHK Tenax Dobele enjoyed an even bigger margin the day later, winning 38:20 (Maris Veršakovs 9).
The last of the three Baltic States to start domestic league was Lithuania and two BHL sides started with victories. Granitas-Karys Kaunas beat SM Dubysa Šiauliai by 31:24 (Paulius Šarkauskas 11), while VHC Šviesa Vilnius defeated HC Utena 41:20 (Karolis Antanavičius 9).
On photo: HC Tallinn's new signing, Estonian international Kaspar Lees was instrumental to his new club's win over Põlva Serviti. (Photo: HC Tallinn).