The players of the enchanted Cup Defender SG Flensburg-Handewitt snuck powerlessly off the field, the SG Magdeburg pros cheerfully extended the DHB Cup to the top: After a real date hat the last year’s Final Four tournament in Hamburg missed the decisive grains in the final game. The fresher Magdeburgers won the final in a new edition of the previous year with 32:30 (14:12) and thus successfully retaliated.
Four days after the Champions League outing in Kielce and not even 24 hours after the 31:30-force attack in the extension against the Rhine-Neckar lions, the team of Coach Ljubomir Vranjes was the strong pressure from the borderlands simply did not grow any more. Although Coach Bennet Wiegert’s team could never really take a decisive stand, from the first minute of the game it was always in the lead, sometimes higher, sometimes shorter.
The Schleswigers caught a classic miscarriage. In the first thirteen minutes they managed only one hit, in the seventeenth minute Magdeburg led 9:4. Afterwards a tough catch-up began, but up to the half-time siren the SG never reached more than one goal at this stage overplayed, Before the pages were changed with a 12:14 delay.
At the beginning of the second thirty minutes, the Magdeburgers, who had triumphed for the second time since 1996, continued to enjoy their narrow lead. SCM goalkeeper Jannick Green had a large part to play in this. In the final phase, the 13.200 visitors only had to see hectic Wildwest handball.
Lions again with empty hands
Once again with empty hands the Rhine Neckar Lion professionals had to return from Hamburg to Mannheim. For the ninth time in the last ten years, the Bundesliga table leader had qualified for the Final Four, but the Badens were once again only spectators at the trophy hand-off.
Uwe Gensheimer left the arena especially sad. For the 29-year-old, it was the last chance to win the DHB Cup after 13-year-old lions. Everyone who knows me knows how much I wanted this,”said the national player changing to Paris St. Germain HB, who in the semi-final against Flensburg turned eight out of seven meters and scored three more spectacular hits.
Too little to lead his team into the final game, The preliminary round against Flensburg was lost after an extension with 30:31. With all disappointment, coach Nicolaj Jacobsen’s gaze quickly returned to the league: “Now the heads must rise again.” His team goes with a head start of two or more. Three minus points before Kiel and Flensburg in the decisive games.
Also the 24th edition of the Final Four in the North German metropolis held another premiere. For the first time, both semi-finals were decided only after an extension, and Magdeburg had only been forced to his knees after seventy minutes of playing outside Bergischer HC with 36:33.
Overall 26.400 spectators filled the arena up to the last place in two days.” We could have filled the hall twice,”said Federal League Managing Director Frank Bohmann. Consequently, the contract with the Hanseatic City had already been extended in advance to 2022.