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Handball ladies victorious in top of the table clash

The Borussia Dortmund handball ladies have won the top of the table clash in the Handball-Bundesliga Women against SG BBM Bietigheim. With the 30-28 (16-17) victory on Wednesday evening in the Wellinghofen hall, the BVB ladies have now stretched their lead to seven points ahead of the team lying in second place in the table.

Präsident Dr. Reinhard Rauball und Laura van der Heijden

The Borussia ladies were clearly feeling nervous at the start of the match and they initially made some technical errors: Kelly Vollebregt had put BVB in the lead with the first attack from the right wing to make it 1-0, but Bietigheim took a 3-1 lead after 4 minutes thanks to a back court goal and two quick counter-attacks.

However, BVB went ahead again after nine minutes by taking a more courageous approach in the defence and showing more conviction up-front (7-5). In particular, the great goals from Kelly Dulfer and Laura van der Heijden were important for the hosts during the early stages.

Yet Bietigheim hung in there. When Isabell Roch put a stop to a quick counter-attack from the guests after 16 minutes, the game was tied at 10-10. Another mistake by Borussia then led to a two-goal lead for SG (12-10), André Fuhr called a time-out – and the break did BVB some good: After 20 minutes, Alina Grijseels’s shot tied the game at 13-13, before Isabell Roch prevented a counter-attack and Laura van der Heijden gave the Black and Yellows the lead at 14-13.

But against top clubs like Bietigheim, every little mistake is punished immediately: after a two-minute suspension for Johanna Stockschläder, the guests took advantage of their superior numbers and edged 17-14 ahead after 25 minutes. After that, however, the Black and Yellows were on top until the break, with André Fuhr’s team fighting back to 16-17.

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The second half started with two excellent saves from Yara ten Holte. Kelly Dulfer scored the equaliser for 17-17, then quickly followed up with goal number 18 for the Black and Yellows before Alina Grijseels scored a penalty throw to give BVB a 19-17 lead on 38 minutes. BVB had turned the game around. Even when Inger Smits had to sit out a suspension, the Black and Yellows held on to the lead with goals from Grijseels and some great saves from ten Holte. After 44 minutes, the score was 23-20.

The captain of the Dortmund team converted her next penalty-throw after 49 minutes to make it 26-23 after Merel Freriks had provoked Bietigheim into a two-minute time suspension of their own. The Borussia ladies were now radiating the confidence they had gained, whereas the girls from Bietigheim wasted more chances. As a result, the lead grew to four goals after 54 minutes (28-24).

When Laura van der Heijden found the net one and a half minutes before the end to make it 20-27, it was all looking good for the Black and Yellows. Bietigheim, however, immediately fought back to make it 28-30, prompting André Fuhr to call another time-out one minute before the final whistle. Laura van der Heijden’s subsequent throw hit the post, but Yara ten Holte’s save saw out a 30-28 victory.

“We’re very happy that we got the two points. Today we had the quality and morale in the team to turn the game around. Such a great game deserved to have 2000 spectators watching today,” said André Fuhr. Bietigheim coach Markus Gaugisch agreed with the BVB coach: “The game today was lived up to the billing as a top of the table clash.”

BVB Handball Women: Duijndam, Roch, ten Holte; Grijseels (6/2), van der Heijden (5), van Zijl, Smits (3/1), Abdulla (1), Stockschläder, Freriks (5), Dulfer (8), Rode, Bleckmann, Vollebregt (2), Gutiérrez Bermejo, Danielsson

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