Lingen (AP) – The German handball women were shown their limits two months before the European Championship.
The DHB selection clearly lost the second international test match against world champion The Netherlands with 26:32 (10:18) in Lingen and could not build on the strong performance in the 27:25 victory two days earlier. The best German pitcher was Evgenija Minevskaja with seven goals. Julia Maidhof scored five times.
“I am not at all satisfied with the first 20 minutes. We did everything that could be wrong”, national coach Henk Groener criticized. “Then we fought back and did a lot of good.”
The DHB selection showed a disappointing performance in the first half. Nothing came together in the attack – missed throws, playing errors and lack of coordination ensured that the Dutch women managed to score ten goals every now and then. Moreover, Dione Housheer (8 goals) did not get the German defense under control. Two early interruptions from Groener also had no effect.
After the break things went a little better. The defense was more stable, the attack was played with more speed and precision – and at 8:23 pm (46th) hope sprouted again. In this phase, besides Minevskaja and Maidhof, runner Luisa Schulze also convinced. Too many mistakes prevented a successful comeback in the closing stages.
“It is telling that we were unable to take advantage of our chances after 8.23 pm”, said Groener. Not only in this phase was the lack of toppers Emily Bölk and Julia Behnke noticeable. The Hungarian legionnaires were unable to travel to Germany after a corona case at their FTC Budapest club. In addition, circuit runner Maike Schmelzer was absent due to a shoulder injury.
Prior to the European Championship from 3 to 20 December in Denmark and Norway, the DHB team will compete in a four-country tournament in Bergen at the end of November. In the final, Norway, Romania and Poland are the group’s opponents.