Paris 92 made a successful debut in the Butagaz Energie League on Sunday, like the day before Metz and Brest, the two other favorites announced for the title of champion. At the end of the first day, the team from the capital largely won against Mérignac (34-25) at the Robert-Charpentier sports hall in Issy-les-Moulineaux.
The first quarter of an hour showed the enormous potential of the Parisiennes and their recruits: an iron defense around the pivot torn from Metz Astride N’Gouan, fiery counter-attacks orchestrated by the other ex-Messine, Méline Nocandy (5 goals), and big shots from Jannela Blonbou (7/8 shooting) for an incredible score of 9-1 (12th).
The sequel recalled all the work that remains for this team to reach the right fuel, when they had never played such a fast game the last two seasons. By launching a layered defense in “1-5”, Mérignac foils the Parisians (15-12, 30th). The indestructible Girondin right winger Audrey Deroin was once again a hit, signing an 8/10 in shooting including a sumptuous “kung-fu” (24-21, 43rd).
“We lacked a bit of stability
Paris 92 however kept the controls (27-24, 48th) thanks to the pretty hand of the left winger Alice Mazens (7/8 in the shoot). In the last ten minutes, the experience of Gnonsiane Niombla and the stops of Léa Serdarevic (10 saves at 43%) ended up breaking Mérignac, who conceded a heavy gap at the final siren (34-25, 60th).
” We lacked a bit of stability, observed Astride N’Gouan, ohn ran well at the start and set a lot of pace, but it’s complicated to play a whole match like that. The team is renewed and everyone has to find their bearings. »
“We have to be better prepared to start the matches because we had a really bad start, lamented the Mérignacaise half-center Julie Dazet. We reacted well, but we have to do better and more. »