Once again the latest match day of the DKB Handball-Bundesliga started mid-week, when the THW Kiel travelled to south to visit newly-promoted TVB 1898 in one of the zebras longest away-trips of the domestic season. That didn’t seem to bother the side of Alfred Gislason at all. His players dominated right from the start and won easily by a score of 35:26 (19:13). Christian Dissinger shined once more scoring a time-high eight goals.
On Wednesday the Rhein-Neckar Löwen travelled to the Danish border to face the SG Flensburg-Handewitt. The lions stunned the host, experts and fans with an impressive 32:25 (18:10) win, as we reported earlier. The lions now sit atop the standings five points clear of Flensburg. Andy Schmid had another brilliant outing and even saved a shot from Lasse Svan when he was on the court wearing the bib for the extra man on.
On the same day the MT Melsungen hosted Hamburg in another very interesting match. Most would have expected the Hessians to continue their great run, but the HSV started well to finish even better. Nine goals by Danish winger Hans Lindberg and seven by his compatriot Casper Mortensen made sure the former Champions League winner, amid big financial problems, would take home the two points with a 31:24 (16:11).
Wednesday concluded with Hannover hosting last-placed Nettelstedt. The guests were quite close to their first win of the season once more, but a combination of lacking confidence and injuries stopped them from finally leaving the court as winners . Die Recken, meanwhile, as the team from Lower Saxony is nicknamed, won thanks to eight goals from Kai Häfner. They needed all of them as the final result of 29:28 (14:12) clearly shows.
Two games were scheduled for Saturday, one of them being Magdeburg against Eisenach. The ThSV is still without various key players and signed Borut Mačkovšek from Montpellier to strengthen the team a little bit. But has signing came too late to be on the roster against the SCM. The hosts led by eleven (20:9) early after the break and almost relaxed a little too much before securing a 27:24 (17:8) win, also thanks to Jakob Bagersted being a real force at the line with seven goals.
While it’s around one hour to reach the arena in Gummersbach, fans of both sides like to call the match against the Bergischer HC a derby, but this time it was more of a walk-over. The VfL demolished the guests, winning 34:21 (18:10). The guests totally disappointed and club boss Jörg Föste left open if coach Sebastian Hinze would survive a loss against Lemgo next weekend. Injured Austrian playmaker Viktor Szilagyi might be an interim solution to replace him.
Speaking of Lemgo the TBV hoped to gain two more points against relegation on Sunday only days after former player legend and current head coach Florian Kehrmann had extended his contract until 2019. But Frisch Auf Göppingen was on fire, especially German international Michael Kraus. The controversial playmaker scored eight times on route to a 35:24 (15:10) win by the Swabians.
The two remaining games of Week 16 saw the Füchse Berlin beat Balingen-Weilstetten 31:26 (17:12) in the capital, while Leipzig and Wetzlar played to a 22:22 (11:14). Wetzlar, just like Melsungen, seems to have lost a bit of momentum, while Leipzig looks set to stay in the league after being promoted for the first time in ages. Balingen remains in the relegation mix, while Berlin is eying a return to Europe after being eliminated by Chambery as defending EHF-Cup champion recently.