Sydney University HC kicked off their 2021 Super Globe campaign with an emphatic performance against German Bundesliga club SC Magdeburg, in the end, going down 20:32, in Jeddah overnight.
The Australian club pushed Magdeburg from the outset, providing the three-time European champions and former German title-holders, with a tense start to the competition.
Up until the 29th minute the Aussies trailed by only 3-goals, 12:15, but two quick goals by Magdeburg, in the last minute of the first half, gave the Germans some breathing space into the break.
In the second half, Magdeburg brought in Danish national team goalkeeper Jannick Green to take the sting out of Sydney Uni’s attack, and he did just that. The Olympic and World champion saved a series of crucial shots, including a penalty to help his team seal the win.
Australian national team player Bevan Calvert was in outstanding form for Sydney University. The experienced wing, who first represented Australia in 2005, stood out in a field of some of the world’s best players, top-scoring for the match with 9 goals.
Whilst Magdeburg advanced into the quarter-finals, Sydney University will move into the fifth to tenth placement matches due to start on Thursday afternoon local time.
Photo credit: Saudi Arabian Handball Federation