DHK Baník Most top scorer speaks about the great season so far and how a win in the Challenge Cup Final would be a perfect way to cap it off
Martínkova: “People in Most are crazy about handball”
Hana Martinkova, left back and top scorer of DHK Baník Most, speaks to eurohandball.com about the first leg of the Women’s Challenge Cup Final against Samobor a well as about the “hot atmosphere” that awaits the Croatians on Sunday, 12 May in Most and that should help DHK Baník Most complete the golden hat trick this season.
Hana Martinkova: We lost the match; therefore we can not be happy with the result. However, we lost only by four goals, and that gives us hope ahead of the return leg in Most.
eurohandball.com: The first half was not ideal from Most, but it seemed that after the break, you found a way to handle Samobor. What was the turning point in the game?
Hana Martinkova: Our defence was not working well in the beginning of the match and we were not sharp enough in front of their goal.
eurohandball.com: What is the main difference between Most and Samobor?
Hana Martinkova: They played with 11 players, so we were in advantage in the second half, when they started to have problems in one versus one situations.
eurohandball.com: How is the preparation going before the return leg in Most?
Hana Martinkova: We took a good rest after the first difficult match in Croatia. We had a long way back home and good regeneration is key to the hard work in training. Now we are back working full steam and training to be prepared for different scenarios that can happen on Sunday.
eurohandball.com: The arena in Most is sold out. The match will be televised and will go live on radio. Samobor will also have their supporters in the stands. What affect will the atmosphere have on players?
Hana Martinkova: The whole team really looks forward to the match in Most. The arena was completely sold out in few hours; it is a pity we do not have a bigger hall to play in. However, I do not want to talk about any pressure. We are all very happy that handball will finally be in the spotlight in the Czech Republic.
eurohandball.com: What will be the key to success on Sunday?
Hana Martinkova: We have to improve in defence, but at the same time be more effective up front. If they play one to one defence, we must find a way to past them and score more goals than in Croatia. 20 goals is not good enough.
eurohandball.com: Most can get into the “hall of fame” of Czech handball with three trophies in one year and the first Czech handball team to win a European trophy since 1984.
Hana Martinkova: This season is a dream, a beautiful dream. I am so happy that I have stayed here in Most and I am part of the great team.
eurohandball.com: What is the secret receipt of Most that brings success the whole season and can bring the golden hat trick to Most?
Hana Martinkova: From the beginning of the season we work very hard. The chemistry of the team worked really well. We’ve got great players in the team.
eurohandball.com: With 62 goals, you are the top scorer of the EHF Challenge Cup. Which goals were most important on the way to the final?
Hana Martinkova: I don’t really follow the stats. Handball is a collective sport and we play it to win trophies together as a team. If I can help girls with my goals –I am more than happy. I am there to score goals. All the goals were important. Our way to the final was not easy, but we have overcome tough challenges and this gives us confidence. We have last final step to make.
eurohandball.com: You measure almost 190cm, does your height gives you advantage in scoring goals?
Hana Martinkova: My height is definitely an advantage in handball. Now, being more experienced, I can use it even more to score goals.
eurohandball.com: Thanks to great performances for DHK Baník Most, you earned a regular place in the Czech national handball team. How do you see your future in a few years time?
Hana Martinkova: I have extended my contract with Most and I am happy to stay here. I do not want to talk about my future career now, because I am really living a sweet handball dream this season.
TEXT: Tomáš Čunčík / cor
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