Three Lot-et-Garonnais in the half of the French U18 championship

Three Lot-et-Garonnais in the half of the French U18 championship
Three Lot-et-Garonnais in the half of the French U18 championship

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The Lot-et-Garonnais Mathieu Grava, Alexis Riva and Yan Pouchès play at Billère Pau Handball and are qualified for the semi-finals of the French U18 championship.

Lot-et-Garonnais handball continues to shine. Their former clubs, Handball Brax for Alexis and Yan, and AL Agen Handball for Mathieu, further prove the quality of training of handball players in the department. With their Billère Handball Pau team, Mathieu Grava, Yan Pouchès and Alexis Riva managed to secure a semi-final in the French U18 championship. Currently everyone in the hope pole in Pau, the objective is clear, to succeed in reaching the final even if the route will be complicated. “We didn’t have too many problems getting through the quarter-finals but now the task will be more complicated, because we will surely find ourselves facing big clubs like Chambéry or Saran,” explains Mathieu Grava. The team will be able to count on significant cohesion within the team. “Everyone gets along well in the team, so in terms of understanding in the group, no worries about that,” reassures Alexis Riva. At the level of the hope pole, the pace is much higher for training with a level of play which prepares for future cracks in French handball. “We trained every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. At the beginning, the first months, it was really complicated because we had to adapt to the demands and the physique of the players we had in front of us. But as we go along, we quickly adapt to the rhythm.”

At the end of their course, the objective for each is to obtain a training center to continue their career. For Mathieu and Yan this is the ambition they are hoping for: “It would be nice, especially after all the efforts we have made so far”. Yan has already had a partnership proposal to train with the Billère club reserve next year. For Alexis, it’s not yet the time. From the 2008 generation, he still has a few years ahead of him before thinking about it.

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