The Berliners managed solely 23:23 (12:13) at HSG Balingen-Weilstetten, which was second in the desk. And so Kiel lead by three factors on the ultimate day of play, which THW will end in second place: the sport towards FA Hoppingen on Sunday (3.30 p.m.) is as meaningless in sport as a simultaneous battle between the foxes and the punters. Flensburg staff. The Berliners end the season in third place, SG in fourth.
THW ready for Kiel Appelgren
Speed and fervour have been evident from the beginning in the sport in Mannheim. In lower than seven minutes, almost 12,000 spectators noticed ten objectives. Kiel’s fixed trailing in the primary half was due to Leuven goalkeeper Mikael Appelgren, who annoyed the Zebras with quite a few saves.
Without the injured Sander Sagosen, THW struggled, the Leuvens have been extra environment friendly in their assaults and repeatedly took the lead – generally even by three objectives (18/11:8). Still, Kiel clawed its means again into the sport, leaving only one objective at halftime (14:15).
After 40 minutes, “zebras” flip the sport
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 staff’s favor: Niklas Ekberg shortly elevated Kiel’s result in two objectives (40./20:18). Now THW’s engine was working easily, with fifteen minutes to go the guests have been forward by 4 objectives (26:22).
Meanwhile, THW goalkeeper Niklas Landin was additionally an element. Denmark destroyed lots of Mannheim’s pictures and allowed Schleswig-Holstein to flee (53./28:23). The destiny of 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 excessive level: after the ultimate siren, Andy Schmidt, who performed his final residence sport for the Lions, was shocked – the opponents in Kiel additionally lined up and gave the 38-yr-outdated a standing ovation. He performed in Mannheim for twelve years.
Flensburg is in bye mode
The sport towards Kiel’s state rival Flensburg was of no sporting significance for SG. Coach Mike Machulla’s staff as soon as once more missed out on the Champions League qualifiers, and their participation in the Europa League was confirmed. Therefore, the sport towards 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 an emotional farewell, as did Hampus Vann (to Barcelona) and Marius Steinhauser (TSV Hannover-Burgdorf).
After a great SG begin (seventh/3:1), a number of objectives have been scored as each groups made a whole lot of errors (twenty fifth/7:7). Shortly earlier than the break, the hosts made two errors: Kevin Möller hit the submit after a save from the opposite aspect of the sphere, Emil Jakobsen missed a seven-meter throw – BHC, however, scored twice and began to decorate. room with a two-ball lead (ninth minute). :7).
Swan is seen for the final time in Hell Nord
After the restart, the guests elevated to 10:7, however Flensburg have been detached to their possibilities: Jakobsen missed the second seven-meter throw, Franz Semper’s shot hit the submit. 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 pulled away early once more (44/16:13): Swann made it 17:19 – his first objective in the farewell sport celebrated like a successful objective.
Swan missed one other objective with a seven-yard throw. Another purpose why this depleted SG staff could not make it’s that Wanne, Benjamin Burich and Jim Gottfriedson are out with accidents. In the tip, the group did not care in regards to the residence defeat, and even earlier than the ultimate whistle, the corridor was in celebration mode, chanting “Einmal Flensburg, hero to Flensburg” and getting ready for the farewell ceremony after the sport.