The Berliners managed solely 23:23 (12:13) at HSG Balingen-Weilstetten, which was second in the desk. So Kiel lead by three factors on the ultimate day of play, which THW will end in second place: the sport in opposition to FA Hoppingen on Sunday (3.30pm) is as meaningless from a sporting perspective as a simultaneous battle between the foxes and the gamers. Flensburg crew. The Berliners end the season in third place, SG in fourth.
THW ready for Kiel Appelgren
Speed and keenness have been evident from the beginning in the sport in Mannheim. In lower than seven minutes, practically 12,000 spectators noticed ten targets. Kiel’s fixed trailing in the primary half was due to Leuven goalkeeper Mikael Appelgren, who pissed off the Zebras with quite a few saves.
Without the injured Sander Sagosen, THW struggled, the Lions have been extra environment friendly in their assaults and commonly took the lead – generally even by three targets (18/11:8). However, Kiel obtained again into the sport and had just one aim left at halftime (14:15).
After 40 minutes, “Zebras” turned the sport round
The second half was additionally a aggressive sport. Only when THW coach Filip Jiča allowed the seventh participant to behave did the flip flip in his crew’s favor: Niklas Ekberg rapidly prolonged Kiel’s result in two targets (40./20:18). Now the THW engine was working easily, with fifteen minutes to go, the guests have been forward by 4 targets (26:22).
Meanwhile, THW goalkeeper Niklas Landin was additionally an element. Denmark destroyed lots of Mannheim’s photographs and allowed Schleswig-Holstein to flee (53./28:23). The sport was determined when Landin made a double save and Ekberg scored to make the rating 31:24 (57th). But the sport nonetheless had an emotional second: after the ultimate siren, Andy Schmid performed the final house sport for the Lions – the opponents in Kiel additionally lined up and gave the 38-yr-outdated a standing ovation. Twelve years in Mannheim.
Flensburg is in bye mode
The sport in opposition to Kiel’s state rival Flensburg was of no sporting significance for SG. Coach Mike Machulla’s aspect have as soon as once more missed out on Champions League qualification and are set to participate in the Europa League. So, the sport in opposition to Bergischer HC was a farewell sport. Lasse Swann final appeared in the “Hell of the North” – the Dane ended his profession after 14 years in Flensburg and had emotional farewells, as did Hampus Wanne (to Barcelona) and Marius Steinhauser (TSV Hannover-Burgdorf).
After a superb SG begin (seventh / 3: 1), a balanced sport developed, in which a number of targets have been scored as each groups made many errors (25/7: 7). Shortly earlier than the break, the hosts made two errors: Kevin Möller hit the put up simply after a cross from the again of the field, Emil Jakobsen missed a seven-yard throw – BHC, alternatively, scored twice and got here away. dressing room with a two-aim benefit (ninth minute) :7).
Swan is seen for the final time in Hell Nord
After the restart, the company elevated to 10:7, however Flensburg have been detached to their possibilities: Jakobsen missed the second seven-meter throw, Franz Semper’s ball hit the put up. Only in the thirty eighth minute Mads Mensa equalized the rating (11:11). But earlier than issues obtained emotional in the forty eighth minute, BHC went forward once more (44/16:13): Swann made it 17:19 – his first aim in the farewell sport was celebrated like a profitable aim.
Swan missed one other aim with a seven-yard throw. Another motive why this depleted SG crew did not make it was as a result of Wanne, Benjamin Burich and Jim Gottfriedson have been out with accidents. In the top, the gang did not care concerning the house defeat, and even earlier than the ultimate whistle, the corridor was in celebration mode and ready for the farewell ceremony after the sport with chants of “Einmal Flensburg, hero to Flensburg”.