Tomori: "One person alone cannot replace Anita"

FEATURE: In the absence of Anita Görbicz, Hungary's new captain Zsuzsanna Tomori is leading her national team through one of its most challenging tournaments, as the co-hosts face high expectations

Photo: Uros Hocevar

With the expectation that Hungary would perform well as co-hosts of the EHF EURO 2014, the team was under a lot of pressure in the lead up to the tournament - and none more so than new captain Zsuzsanna Tomori.

Named as the successor to one of the biggest names in women's handball, Anita Görbicz, Tomori had rather large shoes to fill.

"I feel really good as the captain; nevertheless the team still misses Anita a lot. I don't think one person alone can replace her," said Tomori.

"But I really enjoy the role and I'm happy that the other players stand by me."

Head coach Andras Nemeth says it is off the court where Tomori's support for the team is felt most, while she is learning every day how to lead better during the matches.

"I always support the others. I try to notice if someone feels upset or is having a bad day, then we will try to cheer her up.

"On the court, we always encourage each other and push each other to give our best," said the backcourt player.

After a nervous first game that ended with a 29:29 draw against Russia, Hungary have learned to use the home crowd to their advantage and Tomori is visibly confident in her side with the support of the fans behind her.

"Ever since we knew Hungary was going to host this European Championship, since the summer, we talked about how it would feel to step into an arena filled with 4,000 to 6,000 Hungarian supporters.

"The atmosphere was amazing in Györ. On Saturday against the Romanian team, we had absolutely nothing to complain about. It was the audience that drove us to victory in the end. We really enjoy the love of the Hungarian fans."

After recording a 20:19 win in their first main round match against Romania, Hungary now face Denmark on Monday and then Norway on Wednesday in their bid to reach the semi-finals in Budapest.

"We don't fear any of the teams. We didn't really come here thinking that we would be fighting for a medal at the end, but we have put things together as we go along.

"The match against Romania gave us so much energy that I think if we can win against Denmark, we will be able to play a good game against Norway as well."

written by Courtney Gahan / ts


Group B: Norway vs. Denmark