Handball League Final Race: Let’s Go! Infested foxes need their budding crew

Stop the entire bank. And they all jumped to celebrate the goal of Vladislav Lets. On the field, one player from Berlin hailed the 20-year-old from the second team, who had been substituted just seconds before and had made his Bundesliga debut. “Of course we’re very happy about that. We still know exactly how you feel,” said Captain Paul Drucks, who was able to celebrate the 35:25 win over GWD Minden with the Lets and the rest of the team.

Until then, it was way too far. Because especially in the first half, the Foxes had more than difficulty and unnecessarily made many mistakes. Drucks tried to analyze after the match, “Maybe we were too hot in there,” “that’s how Menden started.” North Rhine-Westphalia, who are in a relegation battle in sixth place in the table, only managed to turn events in their favor for a short while. The guests also lacked the necessary safety on the ball, so the match went in waves with neither team being able to gain a significant advantage.

After the break, the feature film changed. Led by Hans Lindberg, who contributed the Foxes’ first five goals after the second half, the lead was gradually extended and the victory secured. “At first I was afraid we would lose the match,” coach Yaron Siewert said at the next press conference. “But luckily we found focus and focus at the right moment at the right time. Then we got dressed and set the pace.”

Problems in the area

When the Lets came in in the 58th minute, the situation was already so comfortable that it was a good opportunity for the young pivot to gain training for the match. And that could be just as important for the remaining two games at HBW Balingen-Weilstetten (Wednesday, 7.05pm) and at home against SG Flensburg-Handewitt (Sunday, 3.30pm). Because foxes are slowly running out of players. After Nils Lichtlin and Marian Michalczyk are no longer able to play in the game this season, Ferran Moros is now off the field with a respiratory illness.

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But it is a particular problem in the region. Here, the planned third circuit player Mark Walter has been missing since the end of the standby period, when he damaged his knee cartilage shortly after recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture and thus was unable to play. Almost three months ago, Johann Koch also injured his shoulder and was no longer an option either. Meanwhile, the newly signed Igor Faurie managed to play only four matches with the Berlin players and is now suffering from neck problems.

Since then, young talents have leaped, ranging from Jean Kino Jacobs and Ron Jones Dieffenbacher to Vladislav Letts. However, the main burden still fell on Mijajlo Marsenic, who also had occasional help from Paul Drux.

Fabian Weedy also caused a moment of shock against Menden when, in the 48th minute, he accidentally sprained his ankle while trying to block a counterattack and lay on the sidelines for several minutes with his face twisted in pain. How bad the injury will end up remains to be seen. However, the fact that the national player had already removed the ice bag upon leaving the hall and was able to walk normally again gives hope.

Fear the Wiede

If Wiede fails, the Berlin team has only ten players at the end of the season. A difficult situation for the team that managed to secure third place in the league thanks to a win over Minden and a simultaneous defeat to SG Flensburg-Handwit at TPV Lemgo Lippi (25:30). And although the chances of second place tied to the Champions League are very slim, as Kiel will have to lose three points in the remaining two matches due to a significantly better goal difference, the Foxes have no intention of accusing anything in the end.

“Of course the absence of Fabi would do us great harm. But if that is the case, we will – as usual – find a solution.” After all, he knows that he can count on offspring.

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