To celebrate the one-year-to-go mark to the Women’s EHF EURO 2018, the French federation organised a match between France and Angola in Metz.
Even though the match was an easy-going affair for the home team as they bagged a 30:18 win on the eve of the Women’s World Championship 2017, its second major focus was the Women’s EHF EURO 2018 which will throw off in France on 29 November 2018.
“The idea was to gather the community around a very important event, both for France and for handball. We have to involve all the country’s regions around the event,” said Sylvie Pascal-Lagarrigue, president of the Women EHF Euro 2018 Organising Committee.
The championship will be played from 29 November to 16 December 2018 across five cities in France (Nancy, Montbéliard, Nantes, Brest and Paris) and the French fans are ready already.
“Even though the EHF EURO is still one year away, I can feel the atmosphere buzzing. There are more and more talks about it and the hype is building up.
“Tonight, there was a great mood in the hall and one we can hope to find in all the arenas during the competition » said Joël Delplanque, head of the French federation.
If the crowd was in the right mood, so were the two mascots, Rok and Koolette, who started the game in spectacular fashion.
Not only did the two animals play handball, they also posed for selfies with kids and gave some goodies to others, making a very popular appearance in the Metz Arena.
The two will now start a tour of the hosting cities over the next few weeks, visiting, for example, the famous Christmas market in Montbéliard on 1 December.