Last season’s final was decided by the smallest margin possible: CSM Bucuresti beat Győri Audi ETO KC by a dramatic penalty shootout. Losing a final is nothing to be ashamed of for the Hungarian powerhouse, however, the way they lost a match that they were a few seconds away from winning – that is the most painful way. Győri Audi ETO KC’s staff had faced the difficulty of building up a new team at the beginning of the last few seasons – this year, they went a different road. Still there was a big change inside the club: Ernő Kelecsényi resigned from his position as the club’s president in March and his successor was only elected in the beginning of August. The new president is Csaba Bartha, he had been working in the management of two Hungarian football clubs and in the Hungarian Olympic Committee as well.
We can’t talk about a big “player flow” during the summer break in Győr, still the departure of Anikó Kovacsics to the biggest domestic rivals FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria can be considered as a surprise. Not like the fact that Linn Jörum Sulland left the club: she joined the club for one year last summer, now she moved back to Norway and will play in Vipers Kristianstad in the new season. Ida Alstad joined Győri Audi ETO KC after Zsuzsanna Tomori got injured during the world championship, she arrived on loan from Byasen and as the loan period ended, she returned to Trondheim. Young left-handed back Szimonetta Planéta is gone on loan to German champions Thüringer HC: Győri Audi ETO KC and Planéta are both hoping for more playing time and development in her career.
The list of joining players is also not too long: the leading name on the list is Nora Mörk. The Norwegian superstar’s arrival is not only the biggest transfer in Győr but probably the women’s transfer of the summer. The 25-year-old left-handed player arrived to Győr with the greatest hopes and she took up the rhythm very quickly: with her 22 goals in 4 matches, she is currently the top scorer of Győri Audi ETO KC in the Hungarian league. Szidónia Puhalák, a young left wing joined the first team from Mosonmagyaróvári KC SE, the “second team” of Győr, while Nikolett Kiss, a talented right back also signed a contract with Győri Audi ETO KC, but she went back to Mosonmagyaróvár on loan.
Győr has been struggling with injuries in the past seasons, but the good news for the green-white fans is that there is no new name on the injured list, and the players are returning to court after their injuries. The longest injury period belongs to Zsuzsanna Tomori, she suffered a serious ACL injury in Denmark in December and she has been struggling ever since: she hasn’t returned to the court yet, it will take another 3-4 weeks to see her back. Bernadett Bódi, Dorina Korsós and Júlia Hársfalvi are back after their surgeries during the spring.
The team has already played a derby in Hungary: after a tight first half, they beat FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria 28-19 in the Hungarian “el clásico”. With 4 victories in 4 matches, they are currently on the top of the league. The goals are set high every season in Győr, this year is no different. The official goal set by the management is the double in Hungary and the FINAL4 in the Champions League. But everybody can be sure that the girls from Western Hungary are having much bigger dreams and goals than that. Last year, only a few seconds were missing to a perfect season. This season, if they will be lucky with the injuries, they can go the one desired step to the top of the world.
Leaving: Anikó Kovacsics (FTC-Rail Cargo Hungaria), Linn Jörum Sulland (Vipers Kristianstad), Ida Alstad (Byasen – back from loan), Szimonetta Planéta (Thüringer HC – on loan), Nikolett Kiss (Mosonmagyaróvári KC SE – on loan)
Joining: Nora Mörk (Larvik HK), Szidónia Puhalák (Mosonmagyaróvári KC SE), Nikolett Kiss (Mosonmagyaróvári KC SE)
The squad for 2016/17:
Kari Aalvik Grimsbö (goalkeeper)
Éva Kiss (goalkeeper)
Júlia Hársfalvi (left wing)
Dorina Korsós (left wing)
Szidónia Puhalák (left wing)
Eduarda Amorim (left back)
Zsuzsanna Tomori (left back)
Emma Hudák (left back)
Anita Görbicz (playmaker)
Cornelia ‘Nycke’ Groot (playmaker)
Gabriella Tóth (playmaker)
Rita Lakatos (playmaker)
Nora Mörk (right back)
Jana Knedlikova (right wing)
Bernadett Bódi (right wing)
Adrienn Orbán (right wing)
Heidi Löke (pivot)
Yvette Broch (pivot)
Emőke Varga (pivot)