Basketball, handball, volleyball, rugby… “Le Parisien” has been offering an overview of the unmissable events in Ile-de-France for several weeks and every weekend.
The poster: Racing-La Rochelle moved to Lens
RUGBY. President Lorenzetti’s Racing 92 will play a new semifinal of the European Cup I against La Rochelle this Sunday at 4 pm. A poster at the top that the sky and white club should have organized at home, thanks to the good results in the group stage. But the Paris La Défense Arena is busy all weekend with concerts by the Sexion d’Assaut group… The club is therefore exceptionally moving to the Félix-Bollaert stadium in Lens, where there are still plenty of places available.
The opportunity for a Sunday walk in Hauts-de-France to support Laurent Travers’ players in their quest for a 4th European final every two years (after 2016, 2018 and 2020). “We are very happy to be in Lens, we know that it is important also the financial balance of the club with the organization of shows. By moving north we can also have other supporters who come to support the Sky and White “, hopes the Racing manager, who expects a tight game against a team from La Rochelle that is strong in its internationals Gérogry Alldritt, Brice Dulin or Jonathan Danty.”La Rochelle is the obvious favourite, it’s up to us to defy the odds,” says Laurent Travers.
The Lucky Coach: Fred Havas
VOLLEY-BALL. A gala competition to end a historic season! First in their group at the end of the regular phase, the players of Levallois – who will finish the season this Saturday in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – will, since their success in Istres last weekend, be guaranteed to finish first after the play- offs. † A standings that officially opens the doors to the Women’s League A, the highest professional level in France. A first for this club that played in N 2 four years ago.
“It’s the 4th year here, it’s my 2nd ascent and my 2nd title (Editor’s Note: after the one in N 2), enjoy Fred Havas, the coach and former French international. It makes me happier than my title of champion of France with Paris at the age of 35 (in 2008). The density of the competition is incredible, there are 16 teams and 9 have announced that they want to rise. It is the deserved reward of all our investments. It is a lot of work , more work and a bit of luck I can’t wait to discover Ligue A and compete with the other teams. The Levalloisiennes will find there in particular the Stade Français Paris Saint-Cloud, the only Ile-de- France club at this level.
After ending her professional career at Stade Français in 2020, former French international Mallory Caleyron-Steux – wife of cyclist Quentin Caleyron – cannot regret having heeded Fred Havas’ call for the play-offs after his setter’s injury. At 33 she won her first national title. She and her partners will receive their trophy at the end of the last day on Saturday.
The outing: “Run my City” and the highlights of Paris
It has become an event eagerly awaited by all runners… and lovers of French culture and heritage. This Sunday, Paris will host the 4th edition of the “Run my City by Salomon” race. A unique event among all those that take place every weekend. This race allows its participants – increasingly numerous – to cross and discover the emblematic sites of the capital.
This year the runners will notably pass through the doors of the Théâtre Mogador, the Palais Brongniart, the Monnaie de Paris and even the Paradis Latin. A total of 11 locations will be on the competition program. Two unusual and unpublished courses are proposed, one of 9 km and the other of 15 km. It is also possible to participate in the event solo or in a team of up to four riders.
The number: 32
BASKETBALL. Like the difference in points against Cergy-Pontoise after their quarterfinals of the National 1 play-offs last week at home to Lorient. A defeat, a blow, a real correction (50-82) for sure, but that does not matter much for the return match next Friday in Brittany.
Before Act 2 of the duel, the counters between the two teams are reset. A success, even of a very small point, of President Amara Sy’s players will allow them to secure a beautiful one to be played in the Lorient hall on Sunday. The feat is still possible for the Spartans, nickname of the players of Cergy-Pontoise.
The situation is the same for Rueil, knocked to his floor last Saturday (63-75), who travels to La Rochelle tonight.
The Discovery: Women’s Rugby 7 in Vincennes
Rugby sevens. It is a unique event that combines sport, culture and awareness of the fight against endometriosis. This weekend, the Léon Bonvoisin Stadium, located in the Bois de Vincennes, will host the first edition of the “Queens Rugby Sevens”. Organized by the Alice Milliat Foundation, which encourages the development of women’s sports, and co-funded by the European Erasmus + Sport programme, this meeting is presented by the organizers as the “European Amateur Women’s Rugby 7s Festival”.
No fewer than 300 players from all over Europe are expected for this tournament. Three levels will be represented: school (under 15), university and federal. “This event and tournament is a great showcase for the practice of rugby, appreciates French international Jessy Tremoulière, voted World Rugby Rugby Player of the Decade, godmother of the Queens Rugby 7 Festival and member of the Alice Milliat collective. is important to show that it is possible for a girl anywhere in Europe to play rugby and to flourish in the practice of sport. All these players are great ambassadors for rugby.”
The opportunity to raise awareness among participants and the public about endometriosis, an invisible gynecological disease that affects one in 10 women. The role of physical activity in terms of prevention and improvement of patients’ daily lives is recognized.
The place to go: the Laure Manaudou pool
SWIMMING. Laure Manaudou’s former club continues to exist without the legendary siren. This weekend, the CN Melun-Val-de-Seine is even organizing the 10th edition of its meeting. An event taking place Friday through Sunday in the Laure-Manaudou Olympic Basin, likely under a blazing sun. On this occasion, several sizes of French swimmers have given their permission to attend. For example, the organizers of Seine-et-Marnais can count on Charlotte Bonnet, the headliner of French swimming, and on Enzo Tésic, a native of Seine-et-Marne and Ozoir-la-Ferrière to be precise. The Swiss Jérémy Desplanches will also be present. In the margins of the meeting, a symposium on the various high-level challenges will be organized on Friday evening, the proceeds of which will be donated to the ARC, the association for cancer research.
The meeting to remember: the Montgeron meeting
ATHLETICS. The international meeting of Montgeron Essonne will take place on Sunday with some great headliners. A return with a 36th edition after two years of absence due to the health crisis for the oldest meeting in France. As in previous gatherings, this party offers a subtle mix of top athletes, the disabled and school or club youth. Each of the top 15 French athletes in each discipline concerned will be invited to participate in this high-level sporting event.
More than thirty countries will be present at this international competition. The Montgeron Essonne meeting in 2022 will take place just before the French Elite Championships which will take place just a month later; Montgeron will therefore be an important step in the preparation of this big selective race, which will take place in Caen. In the past, Montgeron has been the scene of the exploits of great names in French and world athletics such as Mélina Robert-Michon or the Montgeronnais Pascal Martinot-Lagarde. More than 80 official juries come to coordinate and validate the various events for a high-quality technical organization.
ATHLETICS. International meeting Montgeron Essonne (Sunday, 2.30 pm, Pierre-de-Coubertin Stadium).
BASKETBALL. Division 1 (5th day). Pole A: SAVIGNY-SUR-ORGE – Metz (Sundays 11am and 2pm, Jean-Moulin sports park), Rouen – PUC (Sundays 11am and 2pm). Swimming pool B: SÉNART – Montpellier (Sunday 11am and 2pm, Templiers Stadium in Lieusaint).
BASKETBALL. National 1 male. Play-offs (quarter-final return)† Lorient – CERGY-PONTOISE (Friday, 8pm); La Rochelle – RUEIL (Friday, 8pm). National 1 bitch. Play-offs (3rd day) : Feyriat – SCEAUX (Saturday, 8 pm).
HANDBALL† Star League (26th day): Dunkirk – CRÉTEIL (Friday, 8pm); Chartres – PSG (Sunday, 5 p.m.). Pro League (29th day) : MASSY – Strasbourg (Friday, 8.30 pm, Omnisports Coubertin center); Angers – PONTAULT (Friday, 8.30 pm); Nice – TREMBLAY (Friday, 8.30 pm); Sarrebourg – IVRY (Saturday, 8.30 pm).
SWIMMING. National meeting Melun-Val-de-Seine, from Friday to Sunday, Melun swimming pool. Friday from 1.45 pm, Saturday and Sunday 8.30 am.
RUGBY. European Cup (semi-final) : RACING 92 – La Rochelle (Sunday, 4 pm, Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens). Elite Women (quarter-final) : Stade Bordelais – BOBIGNY (Sunday, 3 p.m.). Play: Lille – STADE FRANÇAIS (Sunday, 3 p.m.).
VOLLEY-BALL. Elite Women (play-offs, 10th and final day) : Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – LEVALLOIS (Saturday, 7:10 pm). Play : Vitrolles – CLAMART (Saturday, 7pm)