Torgau handball coach Ritz: “We like the first place”

The cage. VfB Torgau’s handball gamers are unbeaten in seven video games and have just lately received all their opponents with clear victories. Nikolay, Boris, Stok and Okay. in the district class with 20:6 factors from Saturday. TZ spoke to player-coach Philippe Ritz (38) about the successful streak and prospects for promotion to the district league.

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You should make it clear: Things are going nicely for the VfB males at the second. You guys are working nice. Or?

Ph. Ritz: (laughs) Yeah, we’re not complaining now as a result of there have been different occasions earlier than.

It’s time for Torgau males’s handball to develop into one thing once more and play the place it actually belongs!

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Slow down now! We are nicely on our manner and the season remains to be lengthy!

What has modified in comparison with the final three years?

Lots occurred there: adjustments in the lineup. We now have just one males’s crew as an alternative of two. Youth A moved to the males’s division. We first needed to take care of the occasions attributable to Corona, we needed to intensify the coaching. It was not a straightforward time. But different groups had the similar issues. We had a good time and have been capable of construct and construct a crew with an important crew spirit. And we play different handball.

Another handball?

Due to the rule change, handball turned a lot quicker. We adopted a quick fashion of play and are presently very profitable in quick handball.

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VfB managed to retain some A-Youth gamers and combine them into the males’s crew a bit. Do younger badgers have the capability and bodily power to play with males?

Yes after all. No bodily defects. In phrases of intelligence and ways, they nonetheless want to enhance. But all the boys are prepared to review and inquisitive.

Which A’s younger gamers do the future belong to?

Tend to all the gamers in the cage. Robin Arlt, Carl Hamann and Theo Manthey have performed the most thus far. But others have potential and work nicely.

Then the crew has one other oldie in Jens Kunze. How is he taking part in for VfB once more, getting his share and scoring a couple of targets?

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Yes, our previous Jens. He is vital for our crew and the sport. During the preparations for the new season, we lacked gamers, particularly in the left wing place. Jens agreed to assist and stayed. He made the crew and was appreciated by all the gamers. We nonetheless have rather a lot to study from him – he’s an icon. And Jens is the one who all the time makes his place obtainable to younger gamers.

VfB scored 433:380 targets in 13 league video games, making them the most harmful crew in the league. The aim distinction is already spectacular – a mean of 33.3 targets per sport. What is the threat of your aim?

We play at a excessive tempo and attempt to preserve our momentum till the ultimate whistle. We are doing very nicely now and we are going to proceed to attain the so-called straightforward targets.

Is this tactic the key to success?

Yes completely. The entire crew is ready for it. Our quick handball is our trademark, our DNA. This can be resulting from the new guidelines in handball.

The crew practices a bit on their very own. You are a player-coach. That’s sufficient for the district class for now, however quickly it is a double whammy. Or are you good at it?

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A double load is mostly not good. But I share the coaching with Alessandro Becker. Assistant coach in coaching and video games. It took us a very long time to finish this process. Personally, I’m giving again. My proper half place with Robert Bush and Iven Weiss is working nicely now.

How a lot common teaching is required?

Of course, it is vitally needed. But all the pieces has to match, and it isn’t all the time straightforward.

Did the coach present up?

This shouldn’t be a problem at the second. We will take care of this matter after the season, that’s, in the summer season.

VfB have received seven in a row, how shut is promotion to the district league?

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So far-off! We take pleasure in primary. Nine video games left. Everything could be very tight at the tables. All you need to do is lose two video games and instantly you are in a distinct place.

What is lacking for VfB-Sieben to be promoted after which maintain on nicely in the higher chamber of the district?

I might say it like this: We can be behind in the district league. Our weak spot is that our protection permits too many targets. Tactically, we nonetheless have lots of potential in assault, particularly on the subject of the play at the again.

Interview: Thomas Manthey

On Saturday (February 4) at 17.00, there can be a finest sport in the district class. VfB Torgau welcomes second-placed Germany Zvenkau II in assist at 17:00 in the sports activities corridor at the SaW Tower (SaW).

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