Spain: Ros Casares Aim For Historic Treble

09.01.2004

From Paul Giblin, PA International, Madrid

Ros Casares will be looking to make history in the Spanish women's Copa de la Reina which starts on Friday in Mallorca.

They will be looking for their third consecutive Cup triumph - something that hasn't happened for 32 years - and their coach Domingo Diaz is confident they have what it takes to succeed.

Led by Spain international Amaya Valdemoro, Ros Casares have only lost once in the league this season. That was to Caja Canarias, who are in the other half of the draw and who are possible final opponents for Diaz's team.

Diaz said: "I came here six months ago saying I wanted to win everything and that's what we are going to try and do.

"We have a team capable of winning."

Diaz knows that should his side defeat Extrugasa in Friday's quarter-final, they will have a more-than-likely semi-final clash against UB Barcelona, the current League champions and runners-up in the Cup and Supercup.

However, for the moment Barcelona coach Carmen Lluveras prefers to focus on their game against Banco Simeon.

"There will be time afterwards to think about Ros Casares, first of all we have to get through the quarter finals - that's always the hardest thing to do," said Lluveras, whose side have only slipped up twice this season and who are hot on their tails in the league.

Barcelona have added ex-WNBA forward Adrian Williams to their side for the Cup.

The other quarter-finals see Caja Canarias take

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Barcelona's Tracy Reid will have a key role in her team's Queen's Cup run
on P C Mendibil, who can count on the services of forward Elena Tornikidou, in what is possibly the most evenly-matched game of the last eight.

Caja Canarias have also strengthened their squad for the competition with the addition of forward Latonya Johnson, who has replaced Shannon Hamp.

The winners of that game will face the victors of Perfumerias Avenida and Puig d'en Valls with Perfumerias clear favourites to defeat a team that is currently flirting with relegation.


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