2018 European Wheelchair Handball
Nations’ Tournament

From 30 November to 2 December, Leiria, Portugal, was the setting for the 2018 European Wheelchair Handball Nations’ Tournament, organised by the EHF in cooperation with the Portuguese Handball Federation.

Wheelchair handball

2018 marked the third edition of the tournament which started in 2015 in St. Pölten/AUT and continued in Sölvesborg/SWE a year later.

The host nation swept away their three opponents in emphatic style to win their first title after losing the two previous finals against Netherlands and it was their big rivals who they beat in the first game, before they defeated Croatia 18:15. Winning the group was then assured by another emphatic win, over Hungary.

But there was not to be a repeat of the Netherlands vs Portugal final for the third successive edition after the Dutch faltered against Croatia in their last group match, with the Croats earning a narrow 15:14 win against Netherlands - who eventually won bronze - to progress to the final.

A motivated Portuguese side kept the Croatians and their top scorer of the tournament, Ademir Demirovic, quiet in the final with things already looking good for the hosts at half-time, when they boasted a healthy 10:2 lead, eventually winning 20:7.

Portugal's Ricardo Queiros was named MVP of the tournament and the Netherlands' Joyce van Haaster was best goalkeeper.

The EHF Wheelchair Handball Working Group is currently working with European experts in the field of Paralympic classification on European Classification Regulations for future European competitions.

Wheelchair celebration