Belgian Cats: “The first match might be the best time to play against the US” | World Cup basketball

Belgian Cats: “The first match might be the best time to play against the US” | World Cup basketball
Belgian Cats: “The first match might be the best time to play against the US” | World Cup basketball

The Belgian Cats trained for the last time today for their opening match of next (Belgian) night at the World Cup basketball in Australia. The opponent is the top favourite, the United States. The US may not be able to play at full strength yet, because some players were still missing after the WNBA final.

“They are still not complete”, Emma Meesseman knows. “So if you want to have a chance, it might be at the beginning of the tournament. But the US remains the favorite.”

Julie Vanloo agrees. “Perhaps the first match is the best time to play against the United States. Who knows, there may be a surprise, we can play without pressure.”

The latter may also suit the Belgian Cats. “Just as the US is not yet fully organized, neither are we yet”, Meesseman realizes. “For the rest of the tournament, it might be good that we have an extra game without great pressure. But I do want to go for it.”

Just like the American players, Emma Meesseman and Julie Allemand missed a large part of the preparation for the World Cup. “Our preparation was a bit atypical. Emma and Julie have only just arrived,” explains Vanloo.

“The question now is whether the World Cup will come just too early or whether we are already at our top. We are still working hard on our dynamics and the coach asks of us.”

Compared to the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the core of the Belgian Cats has changed radically. “It is a younger group that has no experience yet and that does not get the stamp of underdog, that is not a gift either,” says Meesseman. “So I don’t really know what to expect from it. We’re taking it step by step.”

The atmosphere at training is already good. “It is a very nice group with a good mix between young and old,” says Vanloo. “The group is very close to each other. There is a breath of fresh air, I am having a lot of fun and the mutual respect is great. That is a basis for performing well, hopefully the results will follow.”

The article is in Dutch

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