HBL Roundup: Week 18

HBL Roundup: Week 18

The last days have been quite entertaining for neutral handball fans in Germany, as the league is nearing the usual January break. While the HSV Hamburg filed for bankruptcy, a court decided that the cup game between the Rhein-Neckar Löwen and the MT Melsungen has to be re-played. On the same day German captain Uwe Gensheimer announced he will miss the EHF EURO 2016.

But aside from all the off-court news, several players put on a show on the floor again. In Hamburg, where money seems to be more important than what the players are doing, the HSV, missing coach Michael Biegler for national team duties, demolished a mediocre SC Magdeburg winning 27:22 (11:8) in easy and impressive fashion. Hans Lindberg (12/2) led his team in scoring.

In Berlin the SG Flensburg-Handewitt looked a bit worn out mentally after reaching the German cup Final Four with a win at Kiel on Wednesday. But the hosting Füchse were not able to take profit of the situation and a free-throw of Petar Nenadic sailed wide after time had already expired. Holger Glandorf scored eight times and is currently the league’s hottest player.

Uwe Gensheimer was red-hot as well before injuring his calf muscle, but his team just keeps on winning, even without him. But it was closer as expected, as the HBW Balingen-Weilstetten kept the game quite close until mid-way through the second half. But in the end the league leader prevailed and went on to win 29:24 (17:16).

Just two days removed from the sort-off historic cup game on Wednesday, we reported earlier, the MT Melsungen had to travel to Gummersbach to play a VfL-team which is almost unpredictable. This time the players of Emir Kurtagic put on a great fight, especially after being down by four at the break (11:15), but the comeback came too late as the guests took home two points (27:26).

The TVB 1898 Stuttgart remains the big surprise story of the season secured one point for a league-high fifth time after drawing visiting ThSV Eisenach 30:30 (15:16). Meanwhile another newly-promotes side, the SC DHfK Leipzig, was able to hang on against the TuS N-Lübbecke and win a very crucial game 26:24 (13:10). The guests are still winless and appointed Goran Perkovac as their new coach.

Three more games took place during the weekend. The TSV Hannover-Burdgorf seems to have finally found its groove after a rough start to the season beating the HSG Wetzlar 28:24 (15:11), moving into ninth place. In Wuppertal the Bergischer HC was helpless on offense and visiting Frisch Auf Göppingen didn’t have much of a problem to win the game with a final score of 29:22 (15:11).

Last but not least the THW Kiel bounced back from missing the cup Final Four for a club-record third consecutive year cruising to an easy victory at Lemgo. The TBV just didn’t have enough quality to match up with Kiel and the reigning champion, who won 34:26 (15:10) with the help of seven goals by sharp-shooting left-back Christian Dissinger.

The league will be busy around Christmas as well. Tonight Stuttgart will host Berlin, while the other 16 teams will be in action on Wednesday, including the game everybody is waiting for, as the Rhein-Neckar Löwen will travel to Kiel. The last games of the year will be played on Sunday, with the highlight featuring the Bergischer HC and the THW in a probably sold-out Lanxess Arena in Köln.

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