Following a number of promising results at younger age categories, including silver at the Women’s 19 EHF EURO 2011 and bronze at the Women’s 17 EHF EURO 2007, Netherlands were already many a time close to entering the top tier of European teams – and now they made it to their first EHF EURO event in four years after coming second in Qualification Group 4.
Some of their top players are playing abroad such as Laura van der Heijden, who joined Team Esbjerg in Denmark this summer, Danick Snelder, who takes to the court for German champions Thüringer HC, and Nycke Groot who plays for FC Midtjylland in Denmark. In late 2013 coach Henk Groener extended his contract until 2016.
Over the years, many Dutch internationals have found their way to Denmark, and Nycke Groot is one of them. The 26-year-old playmaker has been playing in Denmark for more than four years now. She first joined Team Tvis Holstebro in 2010, then she transferred to FC Midtjylland one year later and reached the MVM EHF FINAL4 with the Danish club this season.
Just a week ahead of the Women’s EHF Champions League’s final weekend she had been awarded 'Player of the Year' in the Danish league.
Danick Snelder already played for the Dutch national team when the squad placed 8th at the Women’s EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway. About half a year later she moved to Germany where she joined Thüringer HC, the club for which she has been playing since.
With the THC she won the German championship in all four seasons since she joined and further the German national cup in 2011 and 2013.
THE COACHES - Henk Groener
Henk Groener has been the coach for the Dutch national women’s team since 2009 and he brings his national team back to the European Championship for the first time since the EHF EURO 2010 in Denmark and Norway. Groener is a former Dutch international who scored 519 goals in 208 matches for the Netherlands.
His active career on the club level took him to AHV Swift Arnhem and TV Aldekerk in the Netherlands, Wacker Thun in Switzerland and TV Emsdetten in Germany. When he ended his playing career in 1993, he took on coaching. First he was employed by HAKA/E & O Emmen (1993 to 1996) in his home country. He then coached TV Emsdetten (1996 to 2002) in Germany, the Dutch men´s national team (2002 to 2005) and SG HBR Ludwigsburg (2006/2007) again in Germany.
Past Performance at EHF EURO Events