Netherlands will open their ECh 2014 qualification campaign with the same team that reached the World Championship after stunning Russia in the play-offs in June.
Dutch women’s head coach Henk Groener has added no new names to his 21-player squad for the Group 4 games against Italy in Rotterdam on Wednesday (23 October) and Turkey in Ankara four days later. Last month, Groener extended his contract as women’s head coach with another three years until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
However, back court players Lois Abbingh (VfL Oldenburg) is out due to a knee-surgery, but she is is hopefully back until WCh in Serbia starts, and Sanne van Olphen (SønderjyskE) are out with a wrist injurie.
Henk Groener about the group:
“Looking at the results from recent years, I think Italy are the weakest team in the group.
Turkey is from a different level. It will get really loud in Ankara. They have some good players and they will absolutely go for it, just like us.
Meanwhile Spain is the strongest opponent here.”
The squad of Netherland:
Goalkeepers: Marieke van der Wal (Cergy Pontoise Handball ’95), Tess Wester (VfL Oldenburg), Jasmina Jankovic (Frisch Auf Göppingen)
Wingers: Debbie Bont (HC Leipzig), Ailly Luciano (Metz Handball), Martine Smeets (Thüringen HC), Michelle Goos (Succes Schoonmaak/VOC), Sharina van Dort (Sercodak/Dalfsen), Angela Malestein (HSG Blomberg-Lippe)
Line players: Yvette Broch (Metz Handball), Danick Snelder (Thüringer HC), Fabienne Logtenberg (Sercodak/Dalfsen)
Back court players: Laura van der Heijden (VfL Oldenburg), Kelly Dulfer (Schuler Afbouwgroep/D.O.S.), Jessy Kramer (Vipers Kristiansand), Nycke Groot (FC Midtjylland), Estavana Polman (Team Esbjerg), Lotte Prak (Koblenz/Weiberen), Roxanne Bovenberg (Westfriesland/SEW), Isabelle Jongenelen (HSG Blomberg-Lippe), Lynn Knippenborg (Sercodak/Dalfsen)