Sports news in brief (Sept 21-27)
Maltese revenge mission: The national rugby league side take on Malta at 14:00 on Saturday, September 29 at Gentofte Stadion (tickets cost 50 kroner), and they will be boosted by the news their opponents are missing Dragan Cerketa and Dylan Frendo. The match is the return leg of a series between the nations that started with a comfortable 24-12 win for the Maltese in Valetta back in June.
Danes fear Spain pain: The Danish under-21s were last Friday handed the hardest possible draw for the October play-offs to qualify for the 2013 European Championship in Israel. The Danes will need to beat Spain, the defending champions. Nevertheless, La Rojita could be vulnerable as they have a new coach, Julen Lopetegui, following their failure to advance past the group stage at the 2012 Olympics.
Kamilla’s new man: Following Thomas Laybourn’s retirement from badminton, his mixed doubles partner Kamilla Rytter Juhl is teaming up with Mads Pieler Kolding at the Yonex Denmark Open (October 18-23), the first Superseries premier event to take place since the Olympics, which should ensure all the top players take part. Laybourn and Juhl bowed out in the quarters in London.
England’s handball star: Despite losing all their games at the Olympics, Team Great Britain’s Louise Jukes did enough to attract the attention of second tier club SK Aarhus. The 28-year-old, who scored twice on her debut, told media she was hopeful of playing at least a season for Aarhus before moving back to England and getting “involved with some coaching of the sport to carry on the legacy of London 2012”.
Sponsor raises Maze’s spirits: Table tennis player Michael Maze might have finished outside the medals at the Olympics, but his performance didn’t go un-noticed by Energy Denmark, which has since become his sponsor. It is therefore with renewed confidence that he is preparing for the forthcoming World Cup in Liverpool (September 28-30) and European Championships (October 17-21) on home soil in Herning.
Riis signs Czech climber: Bjarne Riis has added another cyclist to his Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank for the 2013 season. The Czech Republic’s Roman Kreuziger, 26, is not only a strong climber, but also a solid time-trialer. His signing follows the acquisitions of Nicolas Roche, Matti Breschel, Daniele Benatti and Marco Kump as Riis seeks to kick on from Alberto Contador’s success in the Vuelta a España.