Holmris expecting tough game with Brazil

31 July 2012 / 16:45

Great Britain women's handball coach Jesper Holmris is glad his side's opening two matches at the Olympic Games are over, but is expecting a tough time against Brazil in their next outing on Wednesday afternoon.

Team GB, playing at the Games for the first time, have had a baptism of fire in the cauldron of the Copper Box, going down to heavy defeats against the European powerhouses of Montenegro and Russia.

While they performed admirably against the Montenegrins on Saturday, they were thoroughly out-muscled on Monday by a physically-superior Russia team, who dished out a whipping to Holmris' women.

But the Danish tactician has always stated that Team GB's chances of winning games at London 2012 would be against the non-European teams of Brazil and Angola, though that prediction now looks optimistic having seen the South Americans beat both Montenegro and Croatia.

And while Holmris is content to see the back of the two European sides, he concedes his outfit face another tough proposition.

"I am happy the two games are over," he told Press Association Sport. "We tried to play all of the players so they got experience but now we have Brazil and that is going to be just as hard as Montenegro and Russia.

"But they have a different style and we haven't played them before, just in a training game, so I think it is going to be a different, but difficult. We just take it one game at a time."

The clash with Russia was particularly brutal, with their biggest player standing a foot taller than GB's smallest and the heaviest weighing more than 20kg more.

And pivot Louise Jukes, who was on the end of some rough treatment from some keen Russia defenders, is looking forward to playing a different style of opponent. She said: "Unfortunately we didn't have the best of it yesterday, Russia are a phenomenal team and they just stepped it up, so we are disappointed.

"Brazil are more technical whereas the Europeans are bigger and can shoot from nothing. They don't have to play with rhythm, they can just get the ball, jump up and score and that is something that we lack. I hope we can do better against them and use our skills."