Hungary start their campaign for promotion from Division B today in Timisoara. Whilst most teams will be focusing on the first game and ensuring success from the group stage, Hungary must have the gold medal game firmly set in their sights.
The team features 7 of the current u17 World Championship Bronze medalists, and whilst the absent 98 born Kiss & Studer (who are to focus on the u16 Championship) will be missed the leadership of Horvath at PG and the return of Toth will still be a power for anyone to contend with.
In fact can anybody get close is really the question? That is not to dismiss the quality of the other teams but you have to accept the quality of this side. Their first pool game is against Ukraine tonight, this and the results against Montenegro and hosts Romania of group D will surely send a message to other promotion contenders. Don’t be surprised to see some strong performances by the Baltic nations in this tournament. Having seen them play in January and more recently in the Nordic Championships I know they can go toe to toe with many of their Division A counterparts. Latvia will surely miss Kreslina and Laksa who having competed in the u20’s and for the senior women’s team have to sit this one out.
I look forward to catching the teams play when I get over to Romania on the 24th.