Handball Sparkasse Cup: Rhein-Neckar wins S-Cup in Leuven Altensteig

Rhein-Neckar Löwen (yellow shirts) beat HSG Nordhorn-Lingen in the Sparkass Cup closing in Altensteig. Photo: Reuters

Rhine-Neckar Leuven handball gamers are winners of the Sparkasse Cup event. In the ultimate, Mannheim defeated SG Nordhorn-Lingen with a rating of 40:27.

It was a little bit of a shock to see a well-known first division staff meet a second division staff. This was largely as a consequence of final yr’s 2nd Bundesliga fifth-placed TVB Stuttgart’s 33-30 semi-final win over TVB Stuttgart. It was the tip of the road for the Division Two staff in opposition to the Lions who received the ultimate. Rhein-Neckar Leuven, with its greatest gamers, got here out on prime with a 19:9 purpose.

Mikael Appelgren is the standout goalkeeper for the Lions

Mikael Appelgren’s goalkeeping and playmaker Juri Knorr’s management of the sport was a feast for the eyes and the value of admission. In the second half, the favourite had an opportunity to vary gears. In the tip, 40:27 was nonetheless clear.

Silvio Heinewetter completed third at TVB Stuttgart

However, the Stuttgart staff and their star Silvio Heinewetter didn’t lose the sport for the third place. Bittenfeld scored a 31:26 victory in opposition to HC Kriens-Luzern of the Swiss first division. Eleven targets scored by Andy Schmid, who moved to his nation from Rhine-Neckar Leuven, didn’t assist the Swiss guests. Nevertheless, the Swiss made a very good transfer. The staff spontaneously transferred the prize for the fourth place to the Altensteiger youth part.

Switzerland Altensteiger gave a bonus to the youth part

The fifth-place sport was in the end a telling story. HBW Balingen/Weilstetten beat their new rival Eulen Ludwigshafen 27:21 in the second division.

And how was the host from Altensteig? It was already recognized that all the pieces however the eighth place can be a shock. Thus, the primary two video games on Friday and Saturday in opposition to Rhein-Neckar Leuven (19:53) and HBW from Balingen (13:41) occurred beneath the motto “Practice earlier than outcomes”. The defeats haven’t damaged the leg for Altensteiger’s new coach Kevin Bauer, who moved from ladies’s third division membership SG Kappelwindeck/Steinbach to the fledgling Community Division membership in the northern Black Forest earlier than the season.

TSV Altensteig has no likelihood in opposition to large rivals

More necessary for him was his reformed staff’s sport in opposition to SG H2Ku Herrenberg. He has seen numerous issues that make him begin the brand new season with optimism.

Against the third-placed staff in the Baden-Württemberg Oberliga final yr, Altensteiger stood up nicely in the early phases. Just after 11:13 for the Herrenbergers, TSV needed to go all the way down to 13:19 earlier than the break. But even then, it grew to become clear that the staff was prepared to present the favourite an enormous struggle, regardless of the earlier two video games.

The sport for seventh place goes to SG H2Ku Herrenberg

It actually must be in the second spherical. At 14:23, after about 40 minutes, it regarded like an apparent downside for Team Gau, however then SG H2Ku was in all probability too assured in their trigger. Carelessness was taken benefit of by outdated climbers. The backcourt axis round playmaker Alexander Hiles and backcourt gamers Yannick Holzepfel and Gabor Karap ought to have given many viewers excessive hopes for the upcoming season.

So, with eight minutes to go, the cake was not handed out. From Altensteiger’s standpoint, it was 25:28. Then the Oberliga staff from Herrenberg tightened the reins once more. At the tip, 28:37 was clear, however the positives outweighed the negatives for coach Kevin Bauer.


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