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Coach Philip Mestdagh makes pre-selection of the Belgian Cats are known for EK basket

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Coach Philip Mestdagh has Wednesday afternoon in the buildings of the sponsor Crelan in Anderlecht a achttienkoppige pre-selection announced for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS vrouwenbasket, that from 27 June to 7 July in Serbia, and Latvia.

In comparison with a first pre-selection beginning of april was made, only Manon Grzesinski ()) does not. Hind Ben Abdelkader, who in the WNBA with Chicago Sky active, makes her comeback in the selection. Last year at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Tenerife was the point guard.

Power forward Celeste Trahan-Davis (Castors) was in the pre-selection included, but can be at the european CHAMPIONSHIP not in action. The U.s. spends now six years in our country and so it was two years ago, the naturalization process started. Now is the paperwork, however, not yet in order. The internship can Trahan-Davis smoothly, in order to get experience, but on the finals she will be there so not at.

Also, Ann Wauters is in the preselection. The 38-year-old leading lady of the Belgian vrouwenbasket has in recent months, the recovery worked after a knee surgery, but is optimistic regarding its opportunities to play gigs at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS, for which the expectations are quite high.


Julie Allemand (Lyon ASVEL/Fra), Hind Ben Abdelkader (Chicago Sky/VSt), Marjorie Carpréaux (Kangaroos Mechelen), Antonia Delaere (Nantes/Fra), Lore Devos (Colorado State University/Usa), Serena-Lynn Geldof (Names), Kyara Linskens (Gorzow/Pol), Emma Meesseman (Washington Mystics/VSt), Hanne Mestdagh (Names), Kim Mestdagh (Washington Mystics/VSt), Heleen Nauwelaers (Bembibre/Spa), Hatty Nahwezi-Gang (Rioja/Spa), Jana Raman (Valencia/Spa), Elise Ramette (Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium), Laure Resimont (Tarbes/Fra), Julie Vanloo (Townsville Fire/Aus), Celeste Trahan-Davis (Castors Braine), Ann Wauters.

Awkward group

The Belgian women were third at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS in 2017 in Prague and last year’s fourth at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Tenerife. Belgium lost, however, his status as a seed in the draw and was in the group of death’, from in Russia, White-Russia and host Serbia. The Cats start at the european CHAMPIONSHIP in Serbia in Zrenjanin against Russia on 27 June to 17: 45 hrs. On the 28th of June at 17: 45 hrs the team of Philip Mestdagh, the record against White-Russia, and finally, they work their last match in the group stage against host Serbia on 30 June at 20h30.

The first teams of each pool qualify directly for the quarter-finals. The second and third of the group will barragewedstrijden have to play to get to the next round by punches. For the Belgians this would be against the second or third from group C are. Consisting of Hungary, Turkey, Italy and Slovenia.

The european CHAMPIONSHIP takes place in Latvia (capital Riga) and in Serbia (in niš and Zrenjanin). The barrages will be played in Riga and Belgrade and from the quarter-finals, the races are finished in Belgrade. The first six countries on the european CHAMPIONSHIPS, 2019 may in a mutually tournament, to determine places for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

“We are now mainly engaged in individual training,” said Philippe Mestdagh recently. “In Kortrijk, where I also am working with Ann Wauters. We need her individually back to level so they can. She is already awake that EK. What she already has done, without that people something have seen, that is incredible. We hope that in order to get. Or I all of woke up lying? I have to think about it constantly. The goal there? The first objective is to be top six for an olympic ticket. If we have not, that would be a disappointment, even though we are in a tough group. I hope so really. Really.”

“Main goal is top six”

About medals is currently not yet spoken, a little less than a month and a half before the start of the tournament.

“Our main goal at the european CHAMPIONSHIP is a place in the top six, because that gives you access to the qualifier for the Olympics next year in Tokyo!”, explained assistant coach Pierre Cornia Wednesday during a press conference in Anderlecht.
Also coach Philip Mestdagh estimate the opposition at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS are very strong. “We’re in group D and we can still say that it is the group of death. But from our past campaigns, we have confidence extracted and against which the large countries, we must still dare to play with belief in their own abilities. By our results we are also quite a bit of our role of underdog pushed. Such a heavy group stage opens also perspectives, because then you are prepared for the potential of strong opposition in the following rounds of the tournament,” said Mestdagh, who are eighteen players picked up in the pre-selection.

“Friday we start our preparation with thirteen players. Julie Allemand plays with Lyon still in the play-offs in France and in Turkey is that the case with Kim Mestdagh at Fenerbahçe. After the play-offs travelling Kim, however, immediately off to Washington to be there at the Mystics Emma Meesseman to accompany and Hind Ben Abdelkader (Chicago Sky, red), and Lore Devos (Colorado State University) are still in the United States.”

Also the exercise is in the meantime fixed. What is striking is that there are a lot of top countries in the sparringpartners sit. “Our status is changed: now we are asked to play matches. So we have more choice, which translates into stronger oefenpartners. Also that thanks to the COIB on stage in Japan. The stagegedeelte in Belgium is the toughest chunk of the preparation. Then the tapering towards the CHAMPIONSHIP.”

The oefenkamp in Japan will be held from 25 may to 3 June, with two practice matches against the host country, on 31 may and 2 June. From 6 to 10 June there is a training camp in Spain, with a match against Italy (June 8) and a yet to be determined opponent (9 June). From 14 to 16 June there is a tournament in Brussels with games against Spain (14 June), Canada (15 June) and China (16 June). The preparation is ended with two matches against Italy on June 21 in Wevelgem and the uitwuifwedstrijd a day later in Kortrijk. On 24 June to leave the Belgian Cats to Serbia.