Czech Republic: Nemcova Gets The Nod

28 August 2005

Czech Republic coach Jan Bobrovsky saluted veteran centre Eva Nemcova after confirming that she had made his final EuroBasket squad.

Bobrovsky's team, silver medal winners two years ago, will be serious contenders for a medal next month in Turkey, too, although much will depend on the contributions of Nemcova.

"Eva Nemcova came back to the Czech National Team after six years,'' Bobrovsky said.

"This player of Parma Basket has become one of the most important centres in our team.

"She is great, and doesn't act like a star. I am very pleased with her.''

The Czechs set new standards at the last EuroBasket, marching unbeaten all the way to the final before falling in a heartbreaking defeat to Russia.

"I think that our team is stronger than in championship in Greece two years ago when we lost the final to Russia,'' Bobrovsky said.

"We have a big advantage with tall players, we play very good defence and our fast-break is good enough, too.

"I will not talk about medals. I think that our participation in a semi-final would be a success despite some people saying that bronze is not enough.

"I say 'bronze will be great.' I think the first game against France will be very important. We will play Greece, Germany, Latvia and the winner of the qualification tournament after that.''

That could be Poland, Ukraine or Slovakia.

Bobrovsky has a good idea of which team it will be.

"My dark horse of this championship is Poland which first has to advance from the qualification tournament,'' he said.

"I think that our Group A is easier so we have to finish in the first two places to avoid a quarter-final against Russia or Spain.

"The preparation has been good so I hope we will be satisfied after the championship as well.''

Bobrovsky has also decided to take 1.72m forward Irena Borecka instead of 1.77m forward Darina Johnova when they leave Vienna for Turkey on Wednesday.

"I decided that Darina Johnova will not travel with us,'' he confirmed.

"Borecka played well in a game against Turkey so I chose her.

"Johnova is young and has everything in front of her.''

There were murmurs that Bobrovsky could give late calls to veteran Kamila Vodickova and Lucie Blahuskova to Turkey, but he has not selected them.

Czech Republic Squad: Hana Machova, Marketa Mokrosova, Michaela Uhrova, Eva Nemcova, Eva Viteckova, Jana Vesela, Michaela Pavlickova, Zuzana Klimesova, Irena Borecka, Ivana Vecerova, Petra Kulichova, Michaela Hartigova.

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