Handball Squad for Worlds announced
8 November 2006
A squad of nineteen players was selected last week to represent Australia at the World Championships taking place in various cities of Germany from 18 January to 4 February 2007.
Australia was drawn in Group B, along with France, Iceland and the Ukraine. It will be a massive upset if the Aussies overcome one of its group opponents, however the team never goes into a match to lose.
For the first time in World Championship history, all teams will stay and play classification matches after the group stage.
If the results of each pool finish as expected then Australia will play Greenland and Kuwait in the classification matches.
“We have high expectations against such teams and would be very disappointed if we didn't come away with one or two wins in the three placement matches” said Australian Handball Federation Secretary General, Lee Schofield.
The team's previous best ranking at a World Championships was 21st achieved in 2003. “I think we have a great opportunity to surpass that” stated Schofield.
The Handball Federation will be able to ascertain whether Australia has a good chance of qualifying for the Games after the 2007 World Championships.
(trimmed to 16 for competition phase)
Jim Varkanitsas (VIC), Ogjen Latinovic (QLD), Josh Parmenter (NSW,) Anthony Deane (NSW), Jason Hoppner (NSW), Milan Slavujevic (NSW), Lee Schofield (NSW), Darryl McCormack (QLD), Michael Thomas (NSW), Bevan Calvert (NSW), James Blondell (NSW), Tim Jackson (NSW), Paul Clowry (NSW), Michael Bertrand (QLD), Nemanja Subotic (VIC), Adrian van Bussel (NSW), Velibor Vujaklija (VIC), Bojan Gaspar (VIC), Dragan Jerkov (VIC)