Olympic Qualification in Metz: France joins Netherlands in the race to Rio

Olympic Qualification in Metz: France joins Netherlands in the race to Rio

Olympic Qualification Tournament 1. in Metz: Netherlands, France, Tunisia and Japan


Japan –  Tunisia 37 – 20(19 – 8)

Topscorers:  Shio Fudji (JPN) 8 goals  and Amal Hamrouni (TUN) 7 goals


Sakura Hauge, Japan

France -Netherlands 17 – 24 (7 – 9)

Topscorers: (FRA) and (NED)

Best player of the match: Tess Wester(NED) goalkeeper

These two teams were clear favourites before the QT to take the two spots to Rio 2016.It was a close encounter, 4-4 afte almost 20 minutes of play, but Dutch team ad the lead after the first half. In the second half the game was again tight, bit Netherland built up gradually a solid lead which France could not equalize and Hank Groener’s team grabbed the two points and made a big step toward Rio de Janeiro.


Netherland –  Japan 33 – 25 (15 – 16)

Topscorers: Angela Malestein (NED) 8 goals and Aya Yokoshima (JPN) 7 goals

France –  Tunisia 33 – 15 (20 – 6)

Topscorers:  Manon Houette (FRA) 8 goals and Manel Kouki, Chaima Jouini, Oumayma Dardour(TUN)  3 goals each


Yvette Broch, Netherlands | Photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

Yvette Broch, Netherlands | Photo: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud

Tunisia –  Netherland 20 – 46 (10 – 27)

Topscorers: Manel Kouki, Oumayma Dardour, Sirine Fahrani (TUN) 3 goals each  and Lois Abbingh(NED) 8 goals

Player of the match: Lois Abbingh(NED)

Netherland met no problem against Tunisia, as the result shows they made an easy game, with many goals. Beside Abbingh, Yvette Broch and Linn Lnippenborg had scored seven goals each and Jurswailly Luciano netted six times.

Allison Pineau, France

Allison Pineau, France

France –  Japan 25 – 17 (11 – 7)

Topscorers: Allison Pineau (FRA) 7 goals and Fuji Shio (JPN) 5 goals

Player of the match: Allison Pineau (FRA)

France had to struggle in the start of the game with Japan, 3-3 than 4-4 afte ten  mintes, but afte first quarter Krumbholz and his team broke the code of Japanese play and took a clear victory. With this France booked the last ticket to Rio.




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