All shots hitting posts and crossbars at the Women's EHF EURO 2014 sound differently than at the previous continental championship after the goals to all six tournament's venue have been delivered by new EHF supplier Sport Transfer.
The EHF signed a two-year agreement with the Poland-based company earlier this year and the premiere step of this new cooperation is the presence of the new goals and catch nets at the EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia.
The difference between the new goals and their predecessors lies not only in the acoustics.
"Our goals are made from aluminium and are mounted in the ground sockets hidden under the floor. During the production process we tried to implement all requirements from the EHF and our goals are much steadier," explained Michal Turcza, Sport Transfer's director of the technical department.
After supplying three goal systems for each of the six venues at this EHF EURO the company will also provide the goal systems to be used in the next official competitions including the Men's EHF EURO 2016 in Poland and the Women's EHF EURO 2016 in Sweden.
"But our goals and nets are no newcomers on the courts of top European competitions. Following our presence at the European Beach Handball Championships as well as the European Beach Tour Finals we have provided goals also for the MVM EHF FINAL4 in Budapest and the VELUX EHF FINAL4 in Cologne in the previous season," Turcza said.
The new goals are in line with new technology requirements from media and competition organisers.
"They are compatible with goal cameras and also provide an option to use the new goal-line technology helping the officials to determine whether a ball made it behind the line or not," Turcza added.