Sola Handball welcomes Vipers for a series match in the Rema 1000 league on Tuesday, and then only a few days of training before Thüringer comes to Stavanger Idrettshall for the quarter-finals of the EHF European League on Sunday.
On the European stage, Sola is trying to reach the “final four” tournament for the first time in the club’s history, while at home there is a battle for a medal in the Rema 1000 league.
There they secured a good starting point when Fana was defeated by one goal on Saturday evening. Coach Stegavik is looking forward to the week, which is perhaps the most exciting of the seasons in Sola.
– It will be fun. Let’s hope we can fill up the stands. I see Åsenhallen is starting to fill up now. Hope it will be full on Sunday too. There will be two fun events, says Stegavik to RA.
We will be able to play five games here now in two weeks, and think about both.
— Steffen Stegavik
Sola tries again
The match against the Vipers is the one that comes up first. The teams met for the NM final at the end of February, and it ended with silver for the Sola women. The team was hit by injuries with both Camilla Herrem, Kristina Sirum Novak, Kristiane Knutsen and Hege Holgersen Danielsen out.
The reigning champions are considered to be the world’s best team, but the gap is starting to narrow for the yellow jerseys.
– How close are you to beating the Vipers in one game now?
– We lost by seven last time, but we can try again. They have world class in every position, but we really shouldn’t be close. Still, anything is possible. One fine day we will make it.
– What hangs highest now; medal in the series, or final four in Europe?
– Yes, thank you, both, says Stegavik – and continues:
– We will manage to play five games here now in two weeks, and think about both. It should probably go well.
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He and his wife Camilla Herrem recently became parents for the second time, and the national team profile is probably out of the question for a little while longer. At the weekend, on the other hand, national team player Kristina Sirum Novak was back on the pitch for Sola after a long break with illness.
However, it is not the case that she can go out and play 60 minutes straight away.
– She has not practiced handball for more than three days, so she will be matched carefully until she gets enough practice, says Stegavik.
After the game against the Vipers, they have to turn quickly to European games. Sola has managed that transition well in the past, and is now on target for both a medal and the final game in the European League.
Despite the fact that Sola has done well, there is no special recipe behind it for Stegavik.
– No, we just do the same as we have been doing, and adjust the training to the load. Now we trained hard during the national team break, so it was a bit heavy legs Fana. Maybe it will be difficult against Vipers as well, but then we will probably be a bit fresher against Thüringer, he says.
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