Qualifying for the next World Championship in 2014 is the minimum goal for Dani Lara's team at the 2013 European Beach Handball Championship in Randers
Spanish women's team capitalises on efficient training camp
The Spanish women’s beach handball team will travel to the 2013 European Beach Handball Championship in Randers (Denmark) intending to improve on the 6th place they reached at the 2011 final tournament in Umag (Croatia).
Dani Lara, head coach of the squad, told eurohandball.com that a training camp carried out in Pinto in the Madrid region already paid off.
"We have trained for eight hours a day, but always tried not to tire the girls too much. All of them have shown a really dedicated attitude towards the project."
He added that he was surprised by the level of the game his players were able to show.
"We have a nice mix of veterans and young players. It has been very tough to discard five players, as they all had interesting skills, so they will be taken into account for future activities.
"I have not selected any universal players as I prefer polyvalent ones, so the importance of that position is to be shared among three or four women."
Three big rivals and one minimum goal
Lara has been trying to find out as much as possible about the six opponents Spain will face in group B of the preliminary round – sometimes without too much success.
"It is very difficult to get current videos of the opponents, as the rotation index for newcomers in every team is just too high."
"Considering the level of this tournament, Spain must try to be to qualify directly for the next Beach Handball World Championship, but then you need to be among the four best squads and that will be tough.
"In any case I see Denmark, Russia and Hungary as the big rivals."
Information about the European Championship
The 2013 European Beach Handball Championship throws off in Randers, Denmark, from 9 to 14 July 2013.
Entry to the event area for spectators is free. There are no tickets necessary.
Defending champions in both the men's and the women's event are the teams from Croatia.
The Spanish women's team for the 2013 Beach Handball Championship in Randers
Goalkeepers: Llanos Trigueros (BM Elche Mustang) y Patricia Encinas (BM Getasur)
Specialists: Ivet Musons (E. Castelldefels) y Jennifer Mª Gutiérrez (BM Málaga Costa del Sol)
Wings: Cristina Conejero (Pallamano Leonessa), Judith Gómez (BM Getasur) y Sandra Pérez (E. Castelldefels)
Pivots: Anna Pi (BM Granollers), Asunción Batista (BM Mijas) y María Luisa García (BM Dos Hermanas)
TEXT: Francisco Miranda / ts
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