Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – Unimpressed by the Corona crisis, title contenders circle the Bundesliga handball, but industry concerns are mounting.
As THW Kiel stormed to the top of the table with a 41:26 (23:16) victory over GWD Minden on matchday 6 and rivals Rhein-Neckar Löwen and SG Flensburg-Handewitt also performed their sporting duties with ease, defeated national team coach Alfred Gislason alarm. “It will be extremely difficult for the Bundesliga to play a full second half of the season without spectators. I think politics should help,” said the 61-year-old in the ZDF’s “Current Sports Studio”.
At least some clubs could enjoy their home games in front of a few spectators at the weekend. The full viewing ban will apply from Monday, initially for four weeks. “That affects handball extremely,” emphasized Gislason.
Mainly because there are additional problems: after further positive corona cases, the entire team of the SC DHfK Leipzig was quarantined at home. The tests were carried out on Friday after trainer André Haber had already given a positive result.
Defense half Philipp Weber can therefore not travel to the national team as planned. Saxony’s next Bundesliga game against newly promoted Tusem Essen on November 12 is about to be canceled. “Now it is important to stay calm and coordinate the next steps together with the health department and our medical department,” said Karsten Günther, general manager of Leipzig.
As leader of the table, record champions Kiel enter the international break. “We don’t know how long we can play handball. That’s why we wanted to enjoy the game. We succeeded”, said Hendrik Pekeler, head of the THW. Even without the head-injured national player Steffen Weinhold, who is also missing for the DHB European Championship qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and in Estonia, the defending champion delivered a concentrated performance. The best THW shooters were Harald Reinkind and Niclas Ekberg with eight goals each.
The Rhein-Neckar Löwen are only one goal worse than the THW after their 36:27 (16:14) victory over HBW Balingen-Weilstetten. The best pitchers in Mannheim were director Andy Schmid and backcourt Lukas Nilsson, each with seven goals. “Our speed game was very good in the second half,” said DHB captain Uwe Gensheimer.
SG Flensburg-Handewitt had already won the difficult away match against Bergisches HC on Saturday with 30:25 (17:10). “The first half was great, the second we weren’t that good in defense,” said SG goalkeeper Benjamin Buric. “We can be satisfied with only two downs in six games – mainly because of the injuries we had.”