Euro 2016

Poland – new coach, new era, same tough opponent

photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud
Poland – new coach, new era, same tough opponent
Ibolya Szekeres

Polish women handball made an enormous progress in the last six years, under Kim Rasmussen as head coach, managing to qualify twice in the semifinals of the World Championship (2013 and 2015). The Dane left this summer and took over Hungary, but the Polish women team continues the work with a new head coach, Leszek Krowicki, who says for eurohandball.com that the strenght of the Group B they compiting in, is given not only by Netherlands, France and Germany, but by Poland too.

The biggest Polish player of the last decade is unquestionable Karolina Kudlacz-Gloc, she is the teamcaptain, but she is struggeling with an injury, so there are some doubts around her participation at EURO 2016.

Keyplayers: Karolina Kudlacz-Gloc, Alina Wojtas, Weronika Gawlik, Kinga Achruk, Joanna Drabik

Absences: Paricia Kulwinska, Karolina Zalewska, Iwona Niedzwiedz, Monika Stachowska. Anna Wysokinska, Malgorzata Stasiak

The squad (18 players)

Goalkeepers: Weronika Gawlik (MKS Selgros Lublin), Adrianna Placzek (Pogon Baltica Szczecin), Weronika Kordowiecka (Vistal Gdynia)

Line players: Joanna Drabik (MKS Selgros Lublin), Kamila Szczecina (Pogon Baltica Szczecin)

Left wings: Agnieszka Kowalska (MKS Selgros Lublin), Kinga Grzyb (Metraco Zagłębie Lubin)

Right wings: Patrycja Krolikowska (Pogon Baltica Szczecin), Katarzyna Janiszewska (Vistal Gdynia)

Left backs: Alina Wojtas (Larvik HK), Marta Gega (MKS Selgros Lublin), Joanna Kozlowska (Vistal Gdynia)

Centre backs: Kinga Achruk (Buducnost), Emilia Galinska (Neckersuler SU), Aleksandra Rosiak (MKS Selgros Lublin)

Right backs: Monika Kobylinska (Vistal Gdynia), Ewa Andrzejewska (Kram Start Elbląg), Natalia Nosek (MOSiR Bochnia/SMS Plock)

Head coach: Leszek Krowicki

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Euro 2016
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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