Women’s League. A French pivot joins Metz Handball

She is used to yellow and blue. After wearing the Bourg-de-Péage and Saint-Amand jersey, Noémie Barthélémy will keep the same colors this season at Metz Handball. The 30-year-old pivot, who landed her able-bodied in Moselle at the start of the week, is taking part this Wednesday morning in her first training session with Emmanuel Mayonnade’s group. An arrival that marks the end of a long “obstacle course” to find a replacement for Astride N’Gouan.

It is therefore Noémie Barthélémy, 30, who will pair up with Sarah Bouktit this season. The pivot, passed by Toulon and Paris in particular, victorious of the Coupe de France in 2011 and 2012, evolved since 2019 in Saint-Amand. French champion of D2F last May and promoted to the Women’s League, the northern club has agreed to “transfer” its captain, still under contract, to Metz Handball.

Little known to the general public – “it has been undervalued for a while”, warned Emmanuel Mayonnade on Monday – it has the advantage of being French. “It was fundamental for us”, recognizes the president Thierry Weizman, who can only align in the French championship six non-Jipes players (player from the federal performance project). Metz Handball therefore leaves itself the possibility of recruiting a foreign rear to compensate for the long absence of Camila Micijevic.

“She is also very tall (1.89) and very experienced. It is an excellent number 3 of defense (in the axis). With Jorgensen and Maslova, we will have three players at almost 1.90 m”, rejoices the president of Metz Handball. “She’s a player we hadn’t thought of because she belonged to Saint-Amand, but I tried my luck, the president didn’t close the door, we negotiated and she agreed to give it to us. to sell. This is due to the excellent relations that we maintain. She understood the need for us, ”says Thierry Weizman, who had suffered several failures in recent weeks. After stopping the Albertina Kassoma track, Angolan international, Metz had lost Tatjana Brnovic, who finally chose to sign with Brest.

Noémie Barthélémy, 30, will therefore return to the highest level this season. “I’m sure she’ll take her chance, she’s dying to do so,” concluded Thierry Weizman.

The recruitment of Metz Handball is not over. The club have been looking for a left-back to replace Camila Micijevic for the next nine months. “But we are not going to rush”, specifies President Messin.

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