2. Handball Bundesliga: HBW starts again – with a lot of steam – HBW Balingen-Weilstetten

Barely injured: HBW rookie Jens Schongart is out for Saturday. Photo: Eibner/Coring

Handball leaders within the second division, HBW Balingen-Weilstetten, begin the brand new 12 months with a “banger recreation”. Opponent HC Elbflorenz is a bag.

The first aggressive recreation of the brand new 12 months marks the tip of the primary half of the season for second division leaders HBW Balingen-Weilstetten. On Saturday at 19:00 on the SparkassenArena, it welcomes the surprising Elbflorenz.

HBW units the course for the long run

HBW coach Jens Berkle used the 5-week World Cup break to organize his boys for the upcoming video games of this lengthy season after a brief trip. Along with managing director Wolfgang Strobel, he made personnel selections that may proceed past this season.

A substitute for Todorovic has been discovered

Strong defender Jonah Schoch just lately signed a contract extension, as did director Lucas Sauressig and Icelander Oddur Gretarsson. Youngster Elias Huber, who has been an integral half of the primary workforce as a playmaker for a very long time, has been given a skilled contract. In addition, till the tip of the season, a left-hander was discovered to switch Uros Todorovic, who was injured for a very long time on the suitable facet. However, the 34-12 months-previous former participant of the German nationwide workforce, Jens Schengart, injured his ankle. He missed two heat-up matches in opposition to Bern and Schaffhausen and in addition needed to watch Martin Strobel’s farewell recreation. That leaves Patrick Volz injured on the left wing, and each might be out on Saturday.

Christian Beqiri has additionally been rested just lately, however he needs to be again in motion in opposition to Florence on Elba. This may additionally be the case for director Philip Wisthorop, who has to search out his previous power in private rehabilitation workout routines after a collection of accidents. If that wasn’t sufficient, there’s nonetheless no emptiness on the playmaker place, the place Sauressig and Huber are two-up.

Burkle has left open whether or not Volz might be changed by a second-workforce left winger. Circular participant Tobias Heinzelmann may swap to the wing if wanted. Right winger Moritz Strosak will undoubtedly be a backup for generations. As regular, whether or not will probably be Tim Hildenbrand or the lengthy-time period injured Elias Fügel might be determined after the ultimate coaching session. “We will certainly have a good workforce,” the coach stated.

HC Elbflorenz can look again on a very combined season to this point. Bürkl was certainly among the many prime contenders for the Dresden workforce. But coach Rico Gode’s workforce behaved like annoyed divas within the first weeks: typically they received away with the favourite, typically they misplaced to the boy from the basement at house.

Since December, it has largely been a success story. The Dresdeners, who’re at present in 14th place with a rating of 16:20, have escaped the fear of leaving the group. According to Burkle, the excellent squad additionally consists of René Zobel, who has worn the HBW jersey for a number of years. “We’ve had a lot of good issues with him and we will not wait to see him again,” stated the 42-12 months-previous, who desires to maintain the 2 factors in his corridor.

He wasn’t utterly happy with his play within the heat-up video games, so he inspired his sons to change to aggressive mode: “It’s going to be a nice recreation this 12 months.”


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