Donk didn’t survive the ‘death group’
One major casualty of the qualification round: Dutch team Donk didn’t make it in Group C where a huge tussle had been in sight with four great teams battling for the three qualifying spots. The other three venues saw the favourites going through.
Group C was labelled the death group in the qualifications as four outstanding sides were drawn together. The games didn’t disappoint, no team could finish with a clean sheet and at the end Donk (NED) fell shy of making the cut.
The decisive match against Bogliasco (ITA) was full of ups and downs as the Italians took a 3-6 lead deep into the second period. Next came Donk, scoring four in a row for a 7-6 lead and later they went 9-7 up. The Italians hit back with a 0-5 rush, with 3:55 to go they led 9-12. Donk pulled back two goals, with 1:21 remaining on the clock it was 11-12 but they couldn’t save the match to a draw and that meant an end to their quest this year, despite they beat eventual group winner Hanty-Mansiysk (RUS).
Italy enjoyed a fine weekend, all three sides reached the next stage, two of the three Dutch entrants are also through just as both Hungarian and Spanish clubs.
Women’s Euro League, Qualification Round – rankings
Group A (Dunaujvaros)
- Dunaujvaros (HUN) 9, 2. BVSC-Zuglo (HUN) 6, 3. Messina (ITA) 3, 4. Heidelberg (GER) 0
Group B (Utrecht)
- Sant Andreu (ESP) 10, 2. Utrecht (NED) 9, 3. Vouliagmeni (GRE) 7, 4. Rethymno (GRE) 3, 5. Uerdingen (GER) 0
Group C (Porto)
- Khanty-Mansiysk (RUS) 9, 2. Leiden (NED) 9, 3. Bogliasco (ITA) 6, 4. Donk (NED) 6, 5. Portuense (POR) 0
Group D (Padova)
- Padova (ITA), 2. Mataro (ESP) 6, 3. Lille (FRA) 3, 4. Otter (GBR) 0
The first three seeded teams from each group qualified for the prelims, where they will join CN Sabadell (ESP), UVSE Budapest (HUN), Kinef Kirishi (RUS) and Olympiakos Piraeus (GRE).
The next round will be played on 13-15 January 2016 in four groups of four, the first two teams of the respective groups will make the quarterfinals.