Top contenders clash in France
Last week in the DELO WOMEN'S EHF Champions League treated us to the first big gathering of top flight clubs in the Challenge Caraty tournament in Brest, where the hosts were joined by French rivals Metz, champions Györ, CSM Bucuresti and Buducnost.
It was Buducnost who came out on top, despite losing their first match to match. A 31:24 victory over Györ to seal the title will be sweet for the exciting Montenegrin team, who shared a graphic to show just how impressive their pre-season has been so far.
Rukometašice Budućnosti ostvaruju sjajne rezultate u pripremnom periodu – u dosadašnjih sedam kontrolnih duela, Milena Raičević i saigračice ostvarile su šest pobjeda i doživjele samo jedan poraz. ''Plave'' su proteklog vikenda osvojile turnir u Brestu, na kojem su savladale Đer i CSM Bukurešt, timove koji imaju najviše ambicije u novoj sezoni elitnog takmičenja, što uliva samopouzdanje pred nastavak priprema za početak Lige šampiona. Do kraja avgusta, dvostruke šampionke Evrope će imati još dvije provjere – 28. i 29. avgusta u Grudama će odmjeriti snage protiv Bjelovara i Podravke.
Defeat in pre-season is one thing, but suffering an injury is of more concern at this stage for Györ and they will be hoping the finger injury sustained by star player Eduarda Amorim will not keep her on the sidelines for too long.
8 gólos vereséget szenvedtünk a torna harmadik meccsén. We suffered an 8 goal defeat at the third match of the tournament. Buducnost - Győri Audi ETO KC 31-23 A vereség nél azonban sokkal fájóbb, hogy Eduarda Amorim ujj sérülést szenvedett. Részletes diagnózis később. More painful from the defeat, that Eduarda Amorim suffered a finger injury. Exact diagnosis later.
Rostov-Don are also working hard in Porec, although they seem to be making the most of their free time in sunny Croatia.
EHF Cup finalists Team Esbjerg, are hitting form ahead of their return to Europe's top flight as Denmark's sole representative. Esbjerg won the pre-season Skjern Cup against a variety of opposition - CSKA Moscow, Japan and Kobenhavn.
The first top flight action we will see this season is the qualification tournament in the Czech city of Most. Reigning Challenge Cup winners Rocasa Gran Canaria were gearing up for the tournament with a training camp in Lanzarote, where they endured some tough sessions in the sun and took on Herning Ikast, but also appeared to have some time to enjoy themselves on their neighbouring island.
Author: Chris O'Reilly