Porek narrowly lost the Dutch handball players to Croatia on Wednesday evening 24-23. Orange played with Estavana Pullman and Yvette Broche who have been absent for a long time.
During a three-nation tournament in Croatia, the Netherlands is preparing to participate in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer. Brazil, after its country of origin, will be the next world champion’s contender on Thursday. Against Croatia, the orange came back from trailing 24-20 in the final stage. At 24-23, Groninger Lois Abbingh was allowed to play for an equalizer with only a few seconds to play, but she fired hard.
It is doubtful whether national coach Emmanuel Mayonady will be wiser about exactly where the Dutch team is. Before that, the Orange team missed a very large number of players in Croatia who would usually be there. It has lost seven international players, including Danik Snlder, Merrill Fririx of Emin and Kelly Dulfer. They had to be isolated after the match between Borussia Dortmund against SG BBM Bietigheim, after a coronavirus case was discovered there.
That’s why Mayonnade brought a number of alternatives to the tournament, such as Annouk Nieuwenweg from Emmen. No action was taken against Croatia. Stavana Pullman, who has been absent for a long time due to a serious knee injury, is back in the Dutch national team after nine months. She immediately played as if she was never far away and became the orange’s top scorer with six goals.
Circuit player Yvette Broch, who stopped playing handball completely tired and exhausted about thirty months ago, also joined the Netherlands for the first time. The player, who has now played a number of matches at Metz van Mayonnade, has shown that she has not forgotten how she plays handball. She didn’t score, but the tall player was mainly defensive.
Soon the national coach will be allowed to bring only fourteen players to the games and he will have to make difficult choices. For example, he now has Broch, Freriks, and Snelder option for circle placement. The three are not likely to go to Tokyo.
Holland, which had previously lost to Croatia in the European Championship, wasn’t easy this time either. Led by tall and accurate Camila Mesjevic – good for seven goals – the home side led 13-10 at the end of the first half. Initially, orange remained on the right track, but has seen the deficit gradually increase. Too many shots collided with excellent Croatian goalkeeper Te Bijevic. Fouls left Holland late 20-15. Then the world champion recovered and started the final race, but failed.
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