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Which team will win Baltic Handball League 2019?
Baltic Handball League
Baltic Handball League will resume for the first matches of 2019 this week, as all twelve clubs will spring into action over three days. Second half of the regular season is under way and points are more valuable than ever with teams determined to qualify for the Final Four or quarter-finals.
Today in Tallinn, the Baltic Handball Association (BHA) was founded, as handball leaders of three Baltic States gathered in Hotel L'Ermitage to discuss future developments. New organisation will not only advance the already existing men's Baltic Handball League, but has taken a broader perspective into developing handball in the region.
New year is fast approaching and our last newsletter of 2018 reports on domestic action from all six countries, represented in Baltic Handball League. Latvian and Lithuanian leagues were the first ones to go on winterbreak, while elsewhere there are still few games to be played this week.
The final weekend of 2018 in Baltic Handball League offered some fascinating and surprising matches. Biggest winners of the weekend were SKA Minsk, ZTR Zaporozhye and HC Tallinn, claiming two wins each. The biggest shock was the end to Cocks Riihimäki's 41-game winning run – after going unbeaten for 3,5 years, the title-holder suffered two defeats in two days!
The last BHL weekend of the 2018 is ahead of us and most teams seem to approach it in a very good form. Almost all twelve teams had some positive results in domestic matches before this weekend, but two BHL clubs celebrated with a trophy, as HC Tallinn and Cocks Riihimäki claimed Estonian and Finnish Cup accordingly.
All but one of the twelve Baltic Handball League clubs were in domestic or international action last week. BHL-derbies were played in Lithuania and Estonia, while VHC Šviesa Vilnius reached the last 16 of the EHF Challenge Cup. BHL champion Cocks Riihimäki – who will return to BHL-action next week – is ending their impressive EHF Champions League run.
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