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SEMI-FINAL PREVIEW: All four semi-finalists in the Women's Challenge Cup are in for a brand new experience.
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None of the teams have ever been this far before

When the semi-finals of the Women's Challenge Cup launch this weekend, it will be an absolut new experience for all of the four teams which are still involved.

They all have the fact in common, that they have never been as far as the semi-final in any European competition before.

Round 4 of the Challenge Cup in the 2009/10 season is the furthest Turkish team Kastamonu B. Genclik SK have ever come, while their Ukrainian opponents HC Karpaty have had a quarter-final berth in the same tournament back in the 2000/01 season, which is their finest European achievement until now.

The two teams are deciding the final berth between each other already this weekend in a double header first in Turkey on late Saturday afternoon, and the return match in Ukraine only one day later on Sunday afternoon.

To EKS Start Elblag, the greatest European result until now was reaching the quarter-finals in the Cup Winners' Cup 1993/94 and again in the Challenge Cup 2001/02.

Saturday evening, the Polish side are receiving the Spanish team Rocasa Gran Canaria ACE for the first leg in the Centrum Sportowo-Biznesowe in Elblag.

The Spanish visitors have also only been in the quarter-finals before. That was in the EHF Cup 2002/03.


TEXT: Peter Bruun / es

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