Luxol Handball Club is proud to invite you for the Awards Night next Saturday 14th September at 2000 hrs at the Luxol Sports Club Restaurant. Price will be of € 15 and will consist of the following menu.
BBQ & Shawarma Buffet
If you require further assistance or need to book do not hesitate to contact Miriam or Glenn on firstname.lastname@example.org by not later than next Wednesday. Friends and families are more than welcome and we hope to see most of you to make this another wonderful activity.
After last week’s overview of the Men Champions League, today we will give you our thoughts of what one can expect from the ladies’ competition.
It will definitely be a hard task for Gyor to retain the cup for the second year running. They are a very good and experienced team who have been playing together for some time now. They do not buy a lot of players during the summer just a couple to strengthen their already stable squad. They depend a bit on the leadership of their long-time captain Anita Gorbitz who on the other hand seems a bit volatile and prone to injuries. Gyor confirmed their objective of retaining the cup by winning the PwC Handball Fiesta, a pre-season friendly tournament that saw other 5 participants of the Champions league taking part. Unfortunately for Gyor, Gorbitz got injured during this tournament. Gyor, placed in group A have the hardest group in the group matches with Thuringer and Hypo Niederosterrich.
Larvik of Norway who was last year’s finalists has great hunger to regain the lost title. Larvik’s team is composed mainly of the Norwegian national team who in the past years have been synonymous with success winning all the possible titles. They are in group D and should not have any difficulty to make it to the main group. Budocnost of Montenegro and FTC Cargo Hungaria are other contenders and will make it to the semi-final.
In the ladies tournament I do not see a lot of surprises although I fancy one of the Danish teams to take a spot in the semi-final. Budocnost are in group B but I see little challenge for them while FTC Cargo Hungaria has to go through the qualification tournament. They are in group 2 of the qualifications and if they pass they will be in Budocnost’s group but since two will progress I do not see it difficult for them to go through.
From these pages we would also like to say well done to Alan Grima who was the EHF delegate for the qualification tournament of the Men Champions League in Porto who saw HBM Costanta, HV Kras Volendam, Elverum and Porto.
In the past week we have experienced an entertaining encounter between HSV Hamburg and Fuchse Berlin for the access to the Champions League group stages. Last season winner Hamburg finished fifth in the German league while Berlin placed one step ahead. With four places available for the German teams, Hamburg would have been out was it not for a German rule making them eligible to play in a play-off game against Berlin. The first leg was played in Berlin on Wednesday where the home team lead for all but the last 3 seconds of the game when Hamburg managed to strike an important 30-30 draw. On the return leg in Hamburg, Fuchse were once more the better team leading till the last minute. After drawing the game, Hamburg managed to win 27-26 with Adrian Pfahl’s last shot. Hamburg will now be placed in group D with Aalborg, Valenje, Flensburg, La Rioja and the winner of the game between Esch and Halmstaad.
It is hard to predict the winner of this edition but I think that Barcellona and Kiel will definitely reach the final 4. Both teams have a vast experience in this competition and Barcellona have been strengthened by the arrivals of Karabatic, Saubich and Lazarov. I see Vesprem as a serious contender after being strengthened by the arrivals of Momir Ilic and Carlos Ruesga. German duo Hamburg and Flensburg will fight for the last place of the final 4 in my books but one must pay attention for an unexpected surprise of heavy investors PSG.
In Spain Carlos was a player coach for Retamar during last season. He also played for Manzanares in the Spanish third league and forms part of the Spanish coaching staff. Carlos is a national selector for the U/18 men.
En España Carlos era un entrenador de jugadores de Retamar durante la temporada pasada. También jugó para Manzanares en el tercio liga española y forma parte del cuerpo técnico español. Carlos es un seleccionador nacional de las Damas Sub 18, hombres.