2012 U18 Women's European Championship
The 2012 U18 Fiba Europe will take place from July 26 through Aug 5.
Div A will be played in Bucharest, Romania. Official site here .
Spain, France, Turkey, Russia and Croatia should be among the favorite teams, based on their results in the various prep games.
France won the classic Reze tournament over Croatia, Turkey, Belgium, Sweden, Czech Republic, Netherlands and Poland. Turkey won at home another tourney defeating France, Belgium and Netherlands. Spain lost once to Russia but reversed the result twice very recently, also defeating Czech Republic.
On the Fiba site a preview of the 4 groups.
Day 1 will show the big clash Spain-France, but also Turkey-Russia could be interesting.
To underline that this tournament is the European qualifier for the 2013 U19 World's championship.
any predictions for tomorrows games?
Belgium vs Serbia
Poland vs Sweden
If Belgium is complete, also with Sr NT Antonia Delaere, could be favorite, but honestly I know very little about Serbian team.
At Reze tournament end of June, Sweden beat Poland 82-78, so there should be a slight edge for the Scandinavians.
Delaere didn`t practice with the U18. Maybe she is playing at the U19 world champs.
Originally Posted by carlo
Polish Team has alot of players from last years U18 - tournament.
Swedish Team is the same as in 2010 - U16. Only one were playing last years U18 Champ. too.
Hersler was and is their best player...also in friendlies, she was the top scorer for sweden
That's all true, but Delaere is in the team, following the latest Fiba site.
Originally Posted by tmlouk
This is also confirmed by this previous source from Belgium (in French).
Spain final roster is official and it's confirmed that biggest star Astou Ndour is not in (knee surgery).
Astou also didn't play in the prep games. With her presence Spain would have been nearly unbeatable, without is just one the favorites.