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 yr with a “banger recreation”. Opponent HC Elbflorenz is a bag.

The first aggressive recreation of the brand new yr 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 sudden Elbflorenz.

HBW units the course for the longer term

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

A alternative for Todorovic has been discovered

Strong defender Jonah Schoch not too long ago 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 crew 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 proper facet. However, the 34-yr-previous former participant of the German nationwide crew, Jens Schengart, injured his ankle. He missed two heat-up matches towards Bern and Schaffhausen and likewise needed to watch Martin Strobel’s farewell recreation. That leaves Patrick Volz injured on the left wing, and each can be out on Saturday.

Christian Beqiri has additionally been rested not too long ago, however he must be again in motion towards Florence on Elba. This can also be the case for director Philip Wisthorop, who has to seek out his previous energy in private rehabilitation workouts 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 can be changed by a second-crew left winger. Circular participant Tobias Heinzelmann might swap to the wing if wanted. Right winger Moritz Strosak will undoubtedly be a backup for generations. As standard, whether or not it is going to be Tim Hildenbrand or the lengthy-time period injured Elias Fügel can be determined after the ultimate coaching session. “We will certainly have a good crew,” the coach stated.

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

Since December, it has largely been a success story. The Dresdeners, who’re presently in 14th place with a rating of 16:20, have escaped the concern 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-yr-previous, who needs to maintain the 2 factors in his corridor.

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


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