Australia’s top handball team, Sydney University, surpassed all expectations for this year’s IHF Super Globe, finishing fourth behind FC Barcelona, last night in Doha.
The Aussies went down to FC Barcelona 30:20 (15:10 at the break), in the third-place play-off, but not before rattling the European Champions. At the outset, Sydney hit the front with two quick and unanswered goals from pivot Pierre Bonnin, and kept up the pressure on FC Barcelona via a three-goal spree from Diego Llorente, taking a 6:3 lead at the ten minute mark.
Barcelona quickly rallied back though, taking the lead and control of the game, in the end winning with a comfortable ten-goal margin.
Whilst Diego Llorente top scored in the match, with an exceptional 7 goals from 9 attempts, this was special day for Sydney University’s Joan Cornella. The 22 year old student, who grew up in Barcelona and moved to Sydney late last year to continue his university studies, had his first opportunity to play against his home-town club. The agile left-wing was at the top of his game, causing all sorts of trouble for his professional opponents, scoring four goals from as many shots in a faultless performance.
Sydney’s performance this year has won the respect and admiration of handball fans around the world and coach Philipp Enders was happy with his team’s effort in the competition, telling IHF online that "It’s a bit of a daunting task obviously when you play Barcelona. But it helped us knowing that the defence worked as well as it did in the previous few games. I think 10 goals is a very respectable result to come out with so I’m very happy."
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Photo: Joan Cornella celebrates after scoring - courtesy of IHF