Being without money and being without a coach for the rest of the year, as Michael Biegler is on national team duty with Poland, the players of the HSV Hamburg don’t seem to care, at least on the court. The team marched to its five straight win, and ninth in eleven games, against a Magdeburg side which has finally arrived in mediocrity.
Hans Lindberg was outstanding once more as the Danish right-wing netted twelve times, while Michael Damgaard (5 goals) led the guests in scoring in a matchup with his brother Allan, who scored once for the hosts. It didn’t matter that at all, as Hamburg dominated most of the game pushed by more than 9.000 fans in the Barclaycard Arena.
While the club had to file for bankruptcy on Tuesday, the players didn’t let themselves get distracted at all and, after a slow start, raced to a five-goal lead (10:5, 24th minute) with a 5-goal run, taking profit of an opponent who looked very tired after a cup game on Wednesday, while the hosts had a week off. Although pro players should be fit enough, it’s still understandable at this time of the year.
New coach Bennet Wiegert, who took over for Geir Sveinsson prior to the cup game against Frisch Auf Göppingen, lost his first league game in charge also because nobody was able to replace injured playmaker Marko Bezjak. Towards the end of the game the SCM also lost left-back Finn Lemke to a hand injury. Once he was out all hope was gone for the guests.
Lemke, who had just been called to Germany’s roster for the EHF EURO 2016, might miss the tournament. It would be the second consecutive time the long shooter will have to withdraw from a major competition. While his side will face Wetzlar and travel to Mannheim to face the Rhein-Neckar Löwen, Hamburg will finish the year at Lübbecke and against Göppingen.