Dane's praise for GB women's handball

27 July 2012 / 17:23

Denmark women's handballer Karin Mortensen has praised Great Britain's progress and backed them to one day become a force in the sport.

Team GB only formed in 2006, with the intention of competing at London 2012, yet they have gone on a staggering journey, which peaked when they beat African champions Angola in the Olympic test event in November.

Jesper Holmris' side are beginning to get noticed on the world stage and Mortensen has seen their work first-hand, having trained with them when the British Handball's development programme was based in Denmark, and she sees reason for optimism.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper told Press Association Sport. "In the short time they have been together they have improved themselves very, very much. I played with them at the club where they started and through the years they have developed quite a lot, so it's quite impressive.

"Left-winger Holly Lam-Moores and goalkeeper Sarah Hargreaves are ones to watch. They have plenty of good players, some of them have played in Norway, Holly has just signed for Viborg, who are a top-three team in Denmark.

"Their progression depends on where they play after the Games. They have to play somewhere they are playing and not on the bench.

"They need to get experience and keep going on and showing their potential. They can be very good, but maybe in the next Olympics they will be at a better level."

Denmark finished fourth in last December's World Championship in Brazil, but coming up against hot-favourites Norway, Brazil and Spain in Group B of the preliminary stages, Mortensen has called on her team to be at their best.

"We are in a very tough group so it depends on how we start," she added.

"Every game we go into is like a final. We have quite a big gap between the top and bottom of our levels so we have to be at the top every match or we will lose."