Only one day before the competition starts, the Atenea Hotel in Mataró hosted the official LEN Trophy Final press conference. The Sports councillor from Mataró, as well as the captains and coaches of CN Mataró, VK Szentesi and Vouliagmeni NC talked about the high-level event that is taking place this weekend.
The Sports Councillor, Josep Font, first thanked LEN for trusting in Mataró to host a competition of this level, “undoubtedly the most important event for the city this year”. It has also led teams explain their goals for the competition, so they put forward how they have prepared for their matches and what they expect from the trophy.
La Sirena CN Mataró: “After winning La Copa de la Reina, we feel confident enough to play against any team”
The captain of La Sirena CN Mataró, Marta Bach, expressed how motivated the team feels, especially after winning their first cup last weekend, La Copa de la Reina and reaffirmed that can they “feel confident enough to deal with any team.” The coach Florin Bonca said that “we know that the four teams are very strong and have the merits to be here”. But he hopes to “put up with the nerves” so that the girls can “get into the water with a winner mentality”.
VK Szentesi: “After being in the semifinals, the only goal is to leave with the victory”
The assistant coach of VK Szentesi (Hungary) Eszter Győri, is optimistic and ambitious. “Last year we got to the semifinals, and this year we want to be one of the teams who reaches the final, with the aim of achieving the victory.” The captain of the team, Anita Hevesi, couldn’t hide the satisfaction of being able to compete in such a “nice city” as Mataró, and although wants to “leave with a smile on their faces”, in reference to winnning the cup, she also added they’d love to enjoy the sun and the sea, as well.
Vouliagmeni NC: “The best prepared team is going to take the cup home”
The coach Alexia Kammenou spoke for the Greek team, Vouliagmeni NC. “I think the team is well prepared to win,” and added that in a competition like this one is very dangerous to label one team as a favourite”. It must be said that the Greek team is the only one that has previously won the LEN Cup, specifically during the 2002-03 season.
At the beginning of the presentation, the journalist Rafa Navarro, excused the presence of the Russian team Uralochka Zlatoust, whose girls are arriving tonight.
Principal photo: Eduard Omedes (www.instagram.com/eduomedes/)