Holmris wants confident start

26 July 2012 / 15:44

Great Britain women's handball coach Jesper Holmris believes his side's first two matches in their maiden Olympic Games will be more about performance than result.

Team GB face European powerhouses Montenegro in the Copper Box on Saturday and then former World Champions Russia on Monday before less testing fixtures with Brazil, Angola and Croatia.

Holmris has set a target of reaching the knock-out stages of the competition and he has pinpointed their final three games of the preliminary stages for the two victories they will need to advance.

That still will not be easy for Team GB, who were only formed six years ago, but having beaten Angola in November's Olympics test event, Holmris is demanding a repeat performance against the African champions.

"To go to the quarter-finals we have to win two matches so we know we have to beat Angola to make that happen," he said. "We also have to win against another team and that will be the biggest surprise ever in Olympic handball history if we do that.

"But we believe in it and in sport anything can happen.

"We know the first two games will be extremely tough. They are the best two teams in the group and we have they played them twice before so we can't surprise them. The way we can handle those two games will be very important for how we do in the last three.

"If we get through the first two games with good performances and results we will have the confidence to beat Angola.

"We have never played a major tournament before and all the other teams have played several so we have to be careful that it doesn't become a disadvantage for us.

"That is one of the unanswered questions. The test event was a fantastic experience playing in front of a big crowd so we are better prepared than I ever thought we could be, but the first game will be the test."