The European Beach Handball season made its return to the sand on Thursday with the ebt Finals. Torrox (Spain) hosted the event from 3 to 6 June 2021, crowning HEI Beach handball and AM Team Almeria as champions.

Women’s event

The Spanish team, who won the ebt Finals in 2018 and 2019, repeated their success after a nearly flawless tournament, dropping only one game on their way to the trophy.

AM Team Almeria won five games and lost one in the group phase, progressing to the quarter-finals from first place.

A 2:1 win against fellow Spanish side BHC Plan B – XP Sports followed, setting up a crunch semi-final against SPORT CLUB Senec. AM Team Almeria won it in two straight sets, 17:16 and 19:14, progressing to the final.

After a roller-coaster tournament, the Dutch Westsite Amsterdam team were their challengers, which finished third in the group phase.

In-form Almeria had little trouble securing their third straight ebt Finals trophy, with a 2:0 win after securing both sets, 21:11 and 14:12.

Maria Batista Portero scored the most goals for Almeria (117), however, Line Gyldenlove Kristensen from the bronze medallists, Team Blue Bee – The Danish Beachhandball Dream, became the top scorer of the tournament with 150 goals.

Click here for the women’s results.  

Men’s event

The men’s competition saw a fresh face win the trophy as Danish side HEI Beach handball overcame a shaky start.

The Danish team lost one game in Group D and finished second, enough to progress to the main round. However, HEI Beach handball swept their opponents in the next phase of the competition, including a shoot-out win against Croatian side BHC Zagreb.

The two sides progressed from Group I to the quarter-finals, where they both won their games in straight sets against BHT DAMY Rade Inowroclaw and Salazones Herpac BMT Barbate.

In the semi-finals, BHC Zagreb took a narrow win against Portuguese team V.Gaw (24:22 and 16:14), while HEI Beach handball had little trouble to beat 2002 Tuareg Algeciras (25:18 and 21:14).

Therefore, a rematch between HEI Beach handball and BHC Zagreb was on the cards in the final. There was no need for a shoot-out, but HEI had their share of trouble against the Croatian opponents, with goalkeeper Martin Christensen making the difference.

Zagreb, a seven-time winner of the ebt Finals, settled for the silver medal, while HEI Beach handball secured the trophy for the first time.

Click here for the men’s results.

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Photo credit: Uros Hocevar / kolektiff

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