And it includes Viborg, home of Holly Lam-Moores. The team leading the Danish league were always favourites to qualify from the tournament they were hosting and whilst they had it tougher in the final against Vistal Laczpol Gdynia than many had thought they would they still had enough in the bag for a 26:22 win. Lam-Moores becomes the first Brit to play in the main stages of the Champions League.
U Jolidon Cluj of Romania also hosted a tournament and they too qualified. A close match against Rostov-Don of Russia ended with a 23:22 win for the home side who were cheered on by 2,500 spectators.
Hosts who didn’t make it through were Byasen Trondheim who despite 7 goals from Ida Alstad went down 26:22 to Buxtehuder of Germany and Issy Paris Hand who had to beat Zvezda Zvenigorod but instead lost 26:20.
The confirmed groups look like this:
Group A: Oltchim Rm. Valcea (Romania); Randers HK (Denmark); Hypo NÖ (Austria); Buxtehuder (Germany)
Group B: Györi Audi ETO (Hungary); Krim Mercator (Slovakia); Podravka Vegeta (Croatia); U Jolidon Cluj (Romania)
Group C: Larvik (Norway); Dinamo Volgograd (Russia); IK Savehof (Sweden); Rail Cargo Hungaria (Hungary)
Group D: Buducnost (Montenegro); Thüringer (Germany); Zvezda Zvenigorod (Russia); Viborg (Denmark)
Matches start on 13th and 14th October and all games will be shown live, although without commentary, on ehftv.com.