Three inventive and inspiring leaders
A fantastic centre back needs to be a fantastic playmaker. She needs to be tactically and technically gifted. Within this situation, being good means being inventive, using a terrific eye for the sport and being able to make the proper passes at the time. If she is also able to be dangerous on her own and it’s certainly no disadvantage.
Our three centre backs in this attribute have these qualities all beyond any doubt.
Nycke Groot, Netherlands
During her entire career, Cornelia Nycke Groot was a leader in the court, although She’s attained the age of 30 now. Her leadership was evident in her years with later with nearby competitions and club Team Tvis Holstebro FC Midtjylland.
Groot could play all three positions from the lineup, making her even more precious to her club team as well as to her side. However, especially in the national team, she plays in middle back.
Playing in the middle, she has had a big share in the Netherlands’ remarkable achievements recently, starting with all the silver medal in the 2015 World Championship in Denmark and ongoing with yet another silver medal in the EHF EURO 2016 at Sweden. There’s not any doubt that Groot will be one the Netherlands greatest assets at France.
Stine Bredal Oftedal, Norway
It is a coincidence that our next center can it be — or back plays Györ? For attaching the top players in the world to their team the club has shown a talent, and the simple fact that they rely two of the top playmakers in the world among their squad might just seem natural.
Before joining Györ from Issy Pari Hand in the summer of 2017, oftedal was already a brilliant playmaker, but since then, her worth for Norway has improved even further.
Winning names is no experience for your Norwegian. The golden medal in the 2011 World Championship in Brazil, which she won in the age of 20, was only the first of five so much — just two won at World Championships and three in European championships.
Lack of height has never been an issue for Norwegian players that are back, although In 168 cm, she isn’t the tallest among back-court players. Oftedal begs through her speed, ability to change pace and attention for the game for her centimetres. She will be crucial for Norway coach Thorir Hergeirsson as they plan to win still another gold medal in France.
That is not due to any lack of ability at back Andrea Lekic, although Serbia might not rank among the favourites at the EURO. After her comeback to the Serbia team this past year, Lekic has proven her worth for the team — just as she has been doing for teams in the world.
From this year, CSM Bucuresti has been the club to profit from the 31-year-old playmaker’s qualities.
Apparently being utterly rid of the shoulder problems which bothered her for several decades, Lekic is better than ever, and Serbia fans are given every right to dream large ahead of their EHF EURO 2018 by her performances using CSM this autumn.
Combining her experience with technical skills, physical power, a chance that is fantastic along with also a will to triumph, Lekic is close to being the playmaker. If she clicks with the seasoned players at the Serbia team , they have the capability to do better than they did in Germany in the World Championship this past year, in which the Last 16 marked the end of their adventure.
TEXT: Peter Bruun / cg