New name but Herning-Ikast Handbold remain strong
From this summer, the people have had to become accustomed to another name for a number of their most powerful women’s handball teams in Denmark.
After new investors took over the team in Central Jutland prior for the year, the club which was understood as FC Midtjylland is named Herning-Ikast Handbold.
However, with the club objectives of finishing in the top four in the league and attaining at least the quarter final in the Women’s EHF Cup, the reversal in setup have not led to a decrease in the Danish club aspirations.
Filling the gap after Veronica Kristiansen
Kristian Kristensen stays the head coach — he was since September 2016 — plus one of his biggest challenges in 2013 was filling the gap created by Veronica Kristiansen’s passing.
The Norwegian international leftback, who joined back-to-back females ’s EHF Champions League champions Györi Audi ETO KC after last season, was the backbone of Midtjylland’s back court lineup.
Tonje Loeseth along with Helene Fauske, two Norwegian back court players, are sharing the demanding responsibility, with the set achieving a certain amount of victory thus far.
At rightback, Danish international Louise Burgaard has had some extra work after Norwegian new-comer Stine Skogrand became pregnant, which in addition has generated an excess struggle for Herning-Ikast in defence.
Herning-Ikast aiming for Quarterfinal
Having reached the group phase, the primary objective for Herning-Ikast will be to advance to the quarter final, although the head coach supposes that will be a tough task in Group B using Siófok KC from Hungary, Swedish champions IK Sävehof and also TusSies Metzingen from the German Bundesliga.
“The expectations are that we’ll receive six international matches at a top international level. Sävehof is well known and that will be a classic Scandinavian clash. Metzingen is actually a solid team with lots of worldwide players, therefore it’ll soon be a great challenge too. And, finally, Siófok in Hungary is still among the strongest teams in the event that you analyse the lineup,” said head coach Kristensen.
Kristian Kristensen wants to use your competition to show that he still has a team capable of performing a high level globally.
“Nevertheless, our goal is to go to the quarter final.
“It’s equally important that this new team can become as much experience as you possibly can. We have a great deal of young players who you want to grow on the global scene. In addition, it is critical for our newest brand Herning-Ikast hand-ball to show that we’ve still got the level to participate at the top globally,” he explained.
He also thinks that the winner of this EHF Cup in 2013 will be found in his own team’s collection.
“Siófok from Hungary is my own favourite.
“they’ve the most powerful & most powerful lineup,” said Kristian Kristensensaid
Qualification for your EHF Cup Group Phase 2018/19:
Round 2: 52:45 aggregate win against Metraco Zaglebie Lubin (POL)
Round 3: 43:35 aggregate win against SCM Ramnicu Valcea (ROU)
New Comers: Stine Skogrand (Silkebrog-Voel KFUM), Sarah Iversen (Nykøbing Falster Håndbold – NFH), Michaela Elsberg Møller, Emilie Steffensen (both Herning-Ikast Handbold U 19 )
Writer: Kristian Kristensen (since September 20-16 )
Opponents in the team stage: Siófok KC Hungary, IK Sävehof and also TusSies Metzingen in Groupb
Women’s EHF Champions League records:
Women’s EHF FINAL4 (Inch ): 2013/14 (finishing fourth)
Semi Final (Inch ): 2002/03
Quarterfinal (4): 1998/99, 2004/05, 2016/17, 2017/18
Main around (3): 2008/09, 2011/12, 2015/16
Group matches (Inch ): 2003/04
Qualification tournament (Inch ): 2014/15
Women’s EHF Cup records:
Winner (two ): 2001/02, 2010/11
Runners-up (Inch ): 2006/07
Semifinal (two ): 2007/08, 2012/13
Quarter-final (Inch ): 2005/06
Other European Cup records:
Winner (1 ) ): 1997/98
Runners-up (two ): 2001/02, 2002/03
Cup Winners’ Cup:
Winner (two ): 2003/04, 2014/15
Semi Final (Inch ): 1999/00
Winner (1 ) ): 1997/98
Runners-up (Inch ): 1996/97
Danish league: 4 titles
Danish cup: 7 titles
TEXT: Peter Bruun / jw