Home News Product Reviews Health & Fitness Features Healthy Eating

ARCHIVE NEWS

If it is not your content, try to search here:
Basketball - 26. February 2012.

FRA - Les Bleues look at path to London

PARIS (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women) - The path to the London Games isn't going to be easy for any of the 12 teams at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women in Ankara, and that includes European heavyweights France.

Drawn in Group D with Canada and Mali, the French must finish among the top two to progress to the Quarter-Finals and if they do, a clash with South Korea, Croatia or Mozambique will await them.

The winners of the four Quarter-Finals will clinch places in the Olympic field while the four losing sides will face the difficult task of having to win two games in order to claim the fifth and last place on offer for London.

"During the OQT, we will only face good teams," France coach Pierre Vincent said.

"We will begin against Canada (on 26 June), and this is not necessarily good news because this is a team that is always difficult to beat.

"We've beaten them the last couple of times, in friendly or official games but always by small margins at the end of regulation or in overtime.”

France faced Canada at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in the Czech Republic.

The Canadians had the ball with a chance to win but turned it over with four seconds left and France’s Celine Dumerc, following a timeout, scored at the buzzer for a 49-47 win.

"Canada is a team that presents many problems, but the fact that the game is in the first round is good news since we do not then cross paths (in the Quarter-Finals).

"That means no disrespect to Mali as all African teams have difficulties at the international level.

"African teams are traditionally more modest, but that does not mean that we should not pay attention."

The Quarter-Final nevertheless promises to be tricky.

"Canada is very dangerous for us although facing a crossover with Croatia or South Korea is not easy," Vincent said.

"South Korea do not leave us with good memories, and it is an Asian team that plays hard.”

France had to grind out a 61-46 victory against the Koreans at the 2010 World Championship in a Classification Round game.

"Croatia, while we easily beat them (86-40) in the European Championship, they had a beautiful tournament and finished fifth,” Vincent said.

"It's true that by avoiding Turkey in a decisive game at home, and also avoiding the Czech Republic, it's not that bad."

The Turks were drawn in Group A with Japan and Puerto Rico while the Czechs came out in Group B against Argentina and New Zealand.

"We will have to play the games one after the other until qualifying," Vincent said.

The important thing in a competition like the one coming up in Ankara is that national teams must be able to recover from disappointment results.

"Last year at the European Championship, we were able to react (after a Semi-Final defeat to Turkey) to get our third place," Vincent said.

"If we had simply prepared and aspired to play in the title game, we would have collapsed and we would have lost against the Czech Republic for the bronze medal but we had the resources to go as far as possible.

"I think that's the lesson I took from this EuroBasket.

"For us, the goal is to qualify for this Olympics in three or five games.

"Everyone would prefer to qualify in three but maybe we will not succeed and will therefore need to have the skills and resources to get the qualification in five games."

FIBA
Thank you so much, if you tweet or share
Women sport news - Ellie Downie takes historic gymnastics bronze for GBR

Ellie Downie made history in Montpellier becoming the first British woman to win a major championships all-around medal.

Women sport news - Tatyana McFadden Wins Laureus Sport Award

On the track she also set new world records over 1,500-meter and 5,000 T54 to cap a memorable year.

17. April 70
Women sport news - ISU World Team Trophy 2015 Day 1

ISU World Team Trophy 2015 Day 1

Team USA took the lead with 48 points ahead of Team Japan and Team Russia. Japan and Russia have 43 points each, but Japan stayed ahead because of the tie-breaker (best result).

17. April 44
Women sport news - Captain Kimura focused on taking Japan to Rio Olympics

Captain Kimura focused on taking Japan to Rio Olympics

Saori Kimura starts her third season as the captain of Japan's women's team this year. 

15. April 128
Women sport news - Irish Star Perry To Make Tour Farewell In Dublin

Irish Star Perry To Make Tour Farewell In Dublin

A full-time professional since 1999, 38-year-old Perry has enjoyed a distinguished career in the sport

15. April 139
Women sport news - Australian Diamonds name squad for Netball World Cup

Australian Diamonds name squad for Netball World Cup


The West Coast Fever has been rewarded for an undefeated start to the ANZ Championship season with five players selected in the Australian Diamonds 18-player squad ahead of the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015.

15. April 114
Women sport news - Ennis-Hill to compete at Sainsburys Anniversary Games

Ennis-Hill to compete at Sainsburys Anniversary Games

The world’s best athletes are set to head to the Park for the three-day athletics event

14. April 100
Women sport news - Vesela, Palau help bring glory back to Czech Republic

Vesela, Palau help bring glory back to Czech Republic

On Sunday, ZVVZ USK Praha defeated UMMC Ekaterinburg to capture the EuroLeague Women title.

14. April 103
Women sport news - DRUG AWARE MARGARET RIVER PRO WELCOMES WORLD’S BEST SURFERS

DRUG AWARE MARGARET RIVER PRO WELCOMES WORLD’S BEST SURFERS

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro, the third stop on the Samsung Galaxy World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), begins today.

14. April 84
Women sport news - Confidence boost for Mystics and Latu

Confidence boost for Mystics and Latu

In her 100th ANZ Championship appearance, Mystics’ long-time shooter Cathrine Latu came off the bench in the third quarter, and rounded out the victory with a 100 percent shooting performance.

13. April 119
Women sport news - ANZ Championships Results

ANZ Championships Results

Kia Magic (63) defeated Ascot Park Hotel Southern Steel (57), Mission Queensland Firebirds (55) defeated Melbourne Vixens (48), Adelaide Thunderbirds (56) defeated NSW Swifts (49, West Coast Fever (66) defeated Mainland Tactix (51)

13. April 114
Women sport news - Global Netball News from reporter Rona Hunnisett

Global Netball News from reporter Rona Hunnisett

England’s netballers should be wary:  the Jamaican national squad has its close rival in its sights, thanks to the latest international world rankings released by the INF. Sonia Mkoloma returns to the England line up for the first time since the 2011 World Netball Championships plus more

13. April 114
Women sport news - ROLEX KENTUCKY THREE-DAY EVENT ATTRACTS STELLAR FIELD OF COMPETITORS

ROLEX KENTUCKY THREE-DAY EVENT ATTRACTS STELLAR FIELD OF COMPETITORS

Rolex Eventing Testimonee and 2006 World Champion Zara Phillips will be competing at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. 

UP
Have you read it?
Ellie Downie takes historic gymnastics bronze for GBR

Ellie Downie made history in Montpellier becoming the first British woman to win a major championships all-around medal.

Tatyana McFadden Wins Laureus Sport Award

On the track she also set new world records over 1,500-meter and 5,000 T54 to cap a memorable year.

Please follow us