Coach Helle Thomsen of the Dutch handbalsters saw in the lost semi-final clearly that her team had been demolished by the congested match schedule on the EK. The Danish gave that France is a bit too big for Orange.
“This was our fourth big game in six days. You could see that the girls were tired,” said Thomsen after the 27-21 defeat in Paris. “I had already after five-minute exchange.”
In the first half the Netherlands was still well compete with France, making it halfway against a 11-12-behind the chapel. After peace was made, the reigning world champion is clearly a class better.
“It’s not fair and I’ve also got my anger about outspoken”, said the coach. “France had more days of rest and was a lot fitter, you could see that. We have lost an energetic team, but I have great respect for my players. They form a real team.”
Thomsen allowed himself this week, several times critical of the busy schedule. She noticed that her players, who have three matches in four days afwerkten, physically broken, went and found that France, with three matches in seven days played, it was.
Injured Smith and Kramer miss consolation class
In addition, fell Martine Smeets and Jessy Kramer in the second half injured out in Orange. According to Thomsen, they can Sunday does not come into action in the consolation class against Romania.
“It won’t be too bad a fit team on the leg to get to the match for the bronze. Martine Smeets and Jessy Kramer are injured hit to Sunday. Unfortunately, it is not different.”
Thomsen was speaking about the activities of Angela Malestein. The hoekspeelster was passed up for the previous match against Germany, but if France join in. Malestein paid that confidence back with four hits.
“They played very well, but I don’t want one player to pull out”, let them know. “I do a team deficiency that in such a short period of time, four tough matches has played.”
The match for the bronze between the Netherlands and Romania starts on Sunday at 14.00 hours. The european CHAMPIONSHIP final between France and Russia is at 17.30 hours on the program.
Results and program european CHAMPIONSHIP handball for women