PREVIEW: Women's Challenge Cup starts with the first playing round without reigning winners, but with 2011 trophy holders. 18 teams will start in the Round 3, seven more outfits are directly seeded for the Last 16.
Semi-finalists from last season seeking more success
18 teams are ready to start the Women’s Challenge Cup in Round 3 – among those are one of last season´s semi-finalists and the winners from the 2010/11 season.
Round 3 is the first playing round of the new season and the only to be played before the end of the year. Seven more teams are seeded directly for the Last 16.
The new holders of the trophy will be determined in the two-legged final, which is scheduled for 3/4 and 10/11 May 2014. The reigning winners DHK Banik Most from the Czech Republic start in the EHF Cup this season.
Höör's ladies take first step against Westfriesland
Last season, H 65 Höör reached the semi-final of the Challenge Cup, where Fantasyland Samobor from Croatia sent the Swedish side out by 43:40 on aggregate. Now the Swedish ladies are back for more success in the tournament, where they aim to take the first step against Westfriesland SEW from the Netherlands. Höör start at home in the Björkvikshallen Sunday in the early afternoon.
From 1995 to 2001 GAS Anagennisi Artas were regular participants in the EHF Champions League. Those days are long gone, and now the Greek are chasing success in the Challenge Cup. Their first attempt will be this weekend’s double header at home against the Ukrainian quarter-finalists from the 2011/12 season, Dnepryanka Kherson.
Find the complete overview of the Round 3 fixtures here
TEXT: Peter Bruun / br
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