Poland Left Reeling As Star Duo Retire

27 May 2013
Ewelina Kobryn, Poland
Ewelina Kobryn will be sorely missed under the Polish baskets

Polish basketball has been left stunned after two of its most influential players and biggest stars of the last decade, Ewelina Kobryn and Agnieszka Bibrzycka, both opted to end their long associations with the senior national team.

Speaking to Dziennik Polski 24. Kobryn confirmed, "I have made a decision to end my career with the National Team. I sent the Polish Basketball Association a letter with similar content like Aga Bibrzycka. The decision is final."

The center, who turned 31-years old earlier this month, has played for her country since 2003 when she helped Poland reach the semi-finals of EuroBasket Women. She last appeared when her nation hosted the event two years, contributing a healthy 14.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Bibrzycka has been playing for the national team for even longer, debuting at the tender age of 18 years old alongside the likes of the legendary late Malgorzata Dydek at EuroBasket Women 2001. The player fondly known merely as 'Biba', went on to appear at another four Final Round tournaments.

Not only does their decision mark the end of an era, it also delivers an absolute hammer blow to Polish hopes of making it to EuroBasket Women 2015.

Head coach Jacek Winnicki is already preparing to be without a lengthy list of key players for the 1st Qualification Round, when he will lead his team against Belgium and Finland.

The quintet of Katarzyna Krezel, Daria Mieloszynska, Elzbieta Mowlik, Paulina Pawlak and Justina Zurowska have all been given the summer to rest various injury issues, on the advice of doctors - something particularly displeasing to Coach Winnicki.

He explained, "I am not a doctor, so I can not speak on this subject. In the league, they played until the end, but apparently concluded that they have to ‘fix' this and that.

"That is their right. The doctors said that they need a break and rest.

Before adding ""I am worried about this situation since the National Team should have a different status."

Poland begin their campaign with a clash against Belgium on 07 June.


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