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DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4: GYŐRI AUDI ETO KC PREPARE FOR DEFENDING THE TITLE AGAIN

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DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4: GYŐRI AUDI ETO KC PREPARE FOR DEFENDING THE TITLE AGAIN
Ibolya Szekeres

DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4 – 11-12th of May 2019

Budapest, Papp László Sportsarena

The four participants: Metz Handball (FRA), Rostov Don (RUS), Vipers Kristiansand (NOR), Győri Audi ETO KC (HUN)

Győri Audi ETO KC – facts

  • Győr reached the DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4 without being defeated, losing just two points in two draws against FTC in the Main Round
  • every player is back after injuries: Tomori, Mørk or Fodor are able to help the team on the court
  • Győr can defend the DELO WOMEN’S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE title for the second time in a row, which would be a premiere in the history of the DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4
  • the team has a new coaching staff, head coach Gábor Danyi has settled a totally new philosophy for their handball, based on men-handball, with lots of running, many quick and easy goals, with a constant rotation of the players throughout the entire season
  • the new signing on the line player positions, Crina Pintea was integrated well into the team and she also put her contribution to the success so far
  • Zsuzsanna Tomori was back from her second ACL rupture at the beginning of the season, meanwhile, Nora Mørk had to take an extra surgery on her knee at the start of the season and she finished with her recovery early this spring. Csenge Fodor suffered a bad shoulder injury in the home game against CSM Bucuresti, but the young leftwinger is also back on the court
  • Nycke Groot, Nora Mørk, Zsuzsanna Tomori and Crina Pintea will leave the team after this season, otherwise, the squad will remain together with some new additions
Kari Brattset and Veronica Kristiansen – first time i Budapest, photo: gyorietokc

Fun facts:

  • Győr will play in Budapest for the fifth time (out of six Final4, since 2014)
  • Győri Audi ETO KC can win their fifth CL-title this year
  • Three players in the team will play their first ever FINAL4: Kari Brattset, Crina Pintea and Veronica Kristiansen
  • Eduarda Amorim and Anita Görbicz could win their fifth CL-title each
  • Four players did not win the CL-title yet: Amandine Leynaud, Kari Brattset, Crina Pintea and Veronica Kristiansen
  • There are players of eight different nationalities in the squad of Győr: 1 French, 5 Norwegians, 1 Danish, 1 Czech, 1 Dutch, 1 Brazilian, 1 Romanian and 7 Hungarians
  • The coaching staff has three Hungarians and one Croatian

After the Ambros Martin-era in Győr, everybody was wondering how the play of the team will be this season? With a brand new coaching staff and a new handball philosophy dreamed by Gábor Danyi, this year’s Győr was never defeated so far and they basically ran over entire Europe during the season. More running, more fast breaks, more shots, more goals.  This type of play is quite spectacular and very popular among the fans. And Danyi has the necessary material to play this “running-show”, the type of players like Nycke Groot, Stine Oftedal, Veronica Kristiansen or even Eduarda Amorim has the abilities both physically and mentally to adapt quickly to this style. However at the start, the defense seemed to be weakened compared to earlier seasons, but slowly the team improved and at the finish line of the season we could already watch a smart, compact defense, as well an open defense, which gave a lot of struggle to some of the opponents. Győr also has three world-class goalkeepers in Leynaud, Kiss and Grimsbø, so the opponent never knows which one of them will stand between the sticks.

Headcoach Gabor Danyi, photo: gyorietokc

Győr is the biggest favorites, but their semifinal opponent, the Norwegian champions from Vipers is a tricky opponent, running fast and defending hard, having a pure will in their play and are coming to DELO WOMEN’S EHF FINAL4 without any pressure. They have an experienced head coach in Ole Gustav Gjekstad, and even if Hungarians defeated them twice in the Main Round, the semifinal will be a tough one. Győr HAS to win, everybody expects a clear victory and a spot in the final. Therefore the title-holder may not be able to run the entire the first match as the philosophy of Danyi is to have always available fresh players to get into the court.

“The key of our success might be the mix between the old recipe (tough defense) and our new quick counter-attack system. We have to find the silver lining as we cannot play something totally different,” Danyi says for ehfcl.com.

However, we cannot run throughout 60 minutes as we will play two matches in two days. Our goal is not necessarily to play spectacularly but efficiently. In the beginning, the squad did not get my point about tactics and they barely understood why I substituted them after only 15 or 20 minutes. They had to understand that only fresh players are able to accomplish this strategy on the highest level. As the season passed and we never lost, they accepted and followed my vision and, more importantly, they started to like what we do, just like the fans.”

Key players: Eduarda Amorim, Nycke Groot, Amandine Leynaud, Stine Bredal Oftedal, Kari Brattset, Anita Görbicz

photo: gyorietokc

The team:

Goalkeepers: Kari Aalvik Grimsbø, Éva Kiss, Amandine Leynaud

Leftwings: Anita Görbicz, Csenge Fodor, Szidónia Puhalák

Rightwings: Bernadette Bódi, Jana Knedlikova

Leftbacks: Eduarda Amorim, Anne Mette Hansen, Veronica Kristiansen

Playmakers: Nycke Groot, Stine Oftedal

Rightbacks: Nora Mørk, Zsuzsanna Tomori

Lineplayers: Kari Brattset, Crina Pintea

Head coach: Gabor Danyi

Assistant coach: Zdravko Zovko

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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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