Malta claim fifth place in IHF tro­phy

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Malta’s Un­der 20 Hand­ball Na­tional team man­aged to claim fifth place in the Men’s un­der 20 European zone tour­na­ment which was won by Moldova.

The competition was or­gainised by the In­ter­na­tional Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion (IHF) hosted by the Gor­gianl Fed­er­a­tion in the city of Ku­taisi, the Malta Hand­ball As­so­ci­a­tion said in a state­ment.

Seven other coun­tries fielded a team in the first edi­tion of this tour­na­ment. Be­sides Ge­or­gia, these were Moldova, Ar­me­nia, Al­ba­nia, Kosovo, Malta, and Great Bri­tain.

The for­mat of the tour­na­ment was com­posed of a pre­lim­i­nary round that was played in two groups. Hosts Ge­or­gia won Group A. Kosovo won group B on goal dif­fer­ent after they drew Moldova, but de­feated Malta with a higher goal dif­fer­ence than Mlodova did.

In the semi fi­nals, Moldova elim­i­nated the hosts 33 -24. Kosovo beat Great Bri­tain 32 – 22.

In the fi­nal of the tour­na­ment Moldova edged Kosovo 30 – 28 to win the tour­na­ment. Hosts Ge­or­gia got their con­so­la­tion in win­ning the bronze medal by beat­ing Great Bri­tain 40-2.

Malta pro­duced a fine dis­play of hand­ball and went on to se­cure fifth place by beat­ing Ar­me­nia 27 – 19. The match started on a flow­ing and bal­anced pace. Malta, led by coach Joe Tanti, took mat­ters in hand and dom­i­nated from early stages with a solid and tal­ented per­for­mance. Ar­me­nia tried to fight their way back in to the game by Malta kept the same stan­dards. Goal keeper Reece Galea dis­tin­guished him­self af­fect­ing some out­stand­ing saves in the Mal­tese goal. Liam Har­ri­son was Malta’s top scorer hit­ting the tar­get 11 times.

1. Moldova, 2. Kosovo, 3. Ge­or­gia, 4. Great Bri­tain, 5. Malta, 6. Ar­me­nia, 7. Al­ba­nia

The Un­der 20 squad that fin­ished fifth in the IHF Tro­phy

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