Morale victory: THC continues in the Europa League
The handball players of the Thuringian HC make up for a four-goal minus with a 30:20 in the second leg at Blomberg and move into the group stage of the European club competition.
The handball players of the Thuringian HC fulfilled their wish to move into the group stage of the European League with a splendid energy performance. After the 27:31 in the first leg in the local salt hall, the women around coach Herbert Müller won the second leg at Blomberg-Lippe 30:20 (15:12) and secured their place in the last 16 of the second highest European club competition.
After two English weeks, the Thuringian women mobilized all their strengths to pay off the heavy mortgage from the first encounter. Thanks to an enormous increase, especially in the overall defensive behavior, they did not allow the speed game of the surprise team this Bundesliga season as it did last time. Despite a bad start, they created the basis to win the first half with three goals plus. However, the team of the first division top thrower Marketa Jerabkova missed several top-class throwing opportunities in the first 30 minutes and thus missed going into the second section with a clear lead. Yet.
And luck returns in the attack
With a fine lifter, captain Lydia Jakubisova tied for goals for the first time before Kerstin Kündig extended the lead to five goals shortly after the restart (17: 12/32.) Blomberg had to risk more, and tried too. In the THC goal, however, Marie Davidsen proved to be a huge support for her team in this phase, mastering rows of throws by the Blombergerinnen. For more than eleven minutes, the Norwegian did not allow a single goal.
And in the attack, luck seemed to come back that the THC women had been lacking recently. In the follow-up, for example, Nina Neidhardt sank her throw to a ten-goal plus (22: 12/40.). The guests seemed hit, especially mentally, while the Thuringians showed a cool head and brought the plus safely to the finish. A great team performance, a moral victory.