After watching the European Championships where Denmark won the finals, I was feeling pretty well satiated in the Handball department. However, as part of the Flensburg day trip, we were taken to a game. The Flensburg team, despite being from a very small seaside town, are meant to be pretty good!
The difficulty this time, however, is we found ourselves stranded, without any Danish friends to explain the rules to us! Makes it a tad tricky to get in to a sports game. Nonetheless, by the end of the game I felt I had a pretty good understanding of the rules and there were only a few occasions where I had no idea what was going on.
As we arrived there was a giant poster of blonde girls in little cheerleader outfits. Not unheard of at a sports match. What was strange to me was that they were all holding mops. Was it a really bizarre sponsorship strategy from a cleaning company? Was it an attempt in Flensburg to get females back in the kitchen? We didn’t know. Turns out, every time a player falls over and gets the tiniest skerrick of sweat on the court, they run out to mop it up, I guess in an effort to prevent injuries. Those girls sure do a thorough job – so much extra bending over they surely must be inspecting to see if they missed a spot.
Apart from the mop girls, one thing I found particularly interesting, was a certain player by the name of Mikkel Hansen. I had been told last game I watched where he was playing for the Danish national team that he was Denmark’s golden boy, the star of the show. And here he was in this game, playing for Flensburg, Germany. Now, the third time I have encountered handball as I am writing this post, he is on the TV screen playing for Copenhagen (I think). The guy sure gets around. I’m starting to think he must play for every single team – it is three for three after all. Or the more likely scenario is that he has a series of handball-god clones.
My final piece of expert handball commentary is that he looks remarkably like Kim from Home and Away, known as Thor these days. Obviously he got the Scandinavian look right.