The Dutch handbalsters are thrilled with their bronze medal at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in France. In the battle for a medal was Sunday in Paris, settled with Romania (24-20).
“Especially in the first half we had more energy than Romania. You could see that it was very difficult for both teams, so I’m very happy that we bronze. The girls have given everything,” said coach Helle Thomsen to the NOS.
“This was the maximum achievable and maybe even something more than that. We had some problems in the run-up to the tournament, but the players have shown that they are strong.”
In the run-up to the european CHAMPIONSHIPS and saw the Orange cirkelspeelsters Yvette Broch (stopped) and Danick Snelder (injured) dropping out. In the semi-final they lost to France, but thanks to the victory at Romania ends the Netherlands, so with a medal.
The contract of coach Thomsen runs at the end of January, but the Danish wanted to do nothing about it. “I have now for the first time, some time to relax and enjoy, so that I want to do first. I am very tired, but of profit you get extra energy,” she said.
Dulfer: ‘all out’
Kelly Dulfer, who was voted best defender of the tournament, was just as Thomsen is of the opinion that bronze is the maximum achievable was at the tournament in France.
“If you had said that bronze would pack, I would be very happy. France was just too strong in the semi-finals and we are very happy and proud. As a team, we have everything taken out of it”, she said.
He was speaking about the game of the Netherlands against Romania, although she continued to also be critical. “We have fought until the end. It was in the second half is not good, but then it was not really necessary. It’s a shame that it became exciting, but I’m very happy,” said the South Holland.
“We were certainly burned in the second half equal to walk, but that did not work really. It was on both sides very sloppy, but we have until the end fought and deserved to win.”
Also substitute Smits proud of Orange
Also in Inger Smits dominated pride after the bronze medal. The 24-year-old Limburg was only at the last moment to hear that they blessuregevallen to Paris had to travel for the match with Romania.
“Who would have thought? I don’t. It was a big surprise, I had not at all expected. I tried to help where I could and am very happy that I have this chance,” she said, laughing.
“It can’t fail. We started very well with a lot of fighting spirit. The team was in advance pretty tired, but we have the victory out dragged.”
The european CHAMPIONSHIPS-bronze was the fourth medal at a big tournament for the handbalsters in three years time. In december 2015, there was silver at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS and a year later, the Netherlands was also second at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS. Last year was the world CHAMPIONSHIPS bronze added to it. Russia and France will compete later on Sunday for the European title.
Handbalsters address EK-bronze after victory in Romania