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Last steps before London…

Last steps before London…
Ibolya Szekeres

This weekend in Drammen, will be organized the last preparation tournament in women handball, before the Olimpic Games .
At Nettbus Scandinavian Open will particitipate four teams: France (last years world-championship silver medalist), Denmark (4th place at WCh and ECh), Sweden (Ech silver medalist) and Norway (European champion, world champion and Olimpic champion).

These four teams will fight against each other at the OG in London, beeing in the same group in the olimpic tournament too, which starts in one week.

Norway had to call the reserve-players for these preperation games, because captain of the team, Marit Malm Frafjord got injured and she won’t play any of the matches in Drammen. Beside the line player, another important player in attack and defense , Kristine Lunde Borgersen has an Achilles injury, and likely she won’t be able to play the next days. Left winger, Camilla Herrem will also miss the first match, due seekness, but she will be a part of the team in the last two matches.

Thorir Hergeirsson and his team is not very happy about these injuries, but they don’t want to take any chances, that’s why these players will have to rest this weekend.
Suddenly, the Norwegian coaching team will have to try other players included in the brutto squad, so Larvik player, Isabelle Blanco and Karoline Næss from Stabæk is getting the opportunity to play in such important matches.

Team of France is preparing some days in Oslo, with the Norwegians, before this tournament. Olivier Krumbholz is taking chances, including Allison Pineau in the team, who is only six month after a cruciate ligament injury. The Frenchs will presents at the Olimpics with only one line player (Kamto) and team captain, Amelie Goudjou did not make the team this time.

Sweden’s team is not bringing big surprises concerned the developmnet of their team. Well-known names as Grübbström, Kain, Torstensson, Gulldén, Ahlm or Wiel-Fredén could be seen in Swedish team, promising quality- handball this time also.

Denmark is taking also the last steps on their preparation, with an interesting team. Without a real right-winger in the squad, and only one left-winger (Nörgaard), Jan Pytlick’s priority will be probably  a  tough defense, distance- shoots, positional play and using the line-players in attack.

We are looking forward to an exciting tournament, after many weeks without real handball event!  See you there!

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Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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