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Miesner Tournament: Two matches, two wins!

Two wins in two matches for the MT Melsungen: playing at the international Klaus Miesner Memorial Tournament, the team from northe Hesse prevailed 28-27 (12-13) over VfL Gummersbach. Top scorer for the victorious Melsungen side was once again Johannes Sellin (7). It continued his hot streak from a day earlier, when Sellin had scored 12 goals in a 35:24 win against Gorenje Velenje. The team in red-and-white will square off on Sunday at 3pm in the finale of the Harz-Energie Cup against SC Magdeburg.

Photo (MT-Trommler): Roth's team warming up at Harzland Hall.

Simon Ernst started things off with a goal for 1-0, but Felix Danner equalised shortly thereafter. The MT had three players — Timm Schneider, Momir Rnic and Michael Müller — back on the roster who for various reasons had missed the finale of the international Heide Cup last Sunday. The team's newcomers were all on the bench at the start, while Gummersbach sent our recent recruit Kevynn Nyokas to man the backcourt from the beginning.

In the minutes that followed the VfL scratched out a slight advantage in what was a tense, low scoring affair. Both teams suffered from turnovers, poor passing and poor throwing, making for a highly choppy game. While the VfL, and Nyokas in particular, managed to slot home a few lovely backcourt goals, MT keeper Rene Villadsen nevertheless looked to be in good form, robbing Florian van Gruchalla of a seven metre throw, among other highlights.

His counterpart Matthias Puhle was equally stalwart: on 9 minutes he thwarted a seven metre throw by Michael Allendorf and helped his team go out in front. Nyokas and Simon Ernst delivered to make it 4-3 (11th); seven minutes later Mark Bult converted a seven metre throw to extend the lead to 8-4 (18th) - truly a goal-poor working environment.

Nothing symbolised the paucity of offence more than one particular attack by Melsungen toward the end of the half: Villadsen blocked a chance by Gummersbach and initiated an outlet pass for a potential Müller fast break. Who then passed back into his own half, even though there was no pressure. Nor one of his own players, for that matter. But von Gruchalle was there, and he accepted the gift and shot the VfL to a 12-9 advantage (27th minute). Finally the wakeup call arrived for Melsungen and they went on a 3-1 run to cut the deficit to one going into the half. Gummersberg hence led 13-12 as they headed for the dressing rooms.

The first goal of the second half was notched by Michael Müller, who struck from the 2nd wave. The MT began moving forward on the attack with greater determination, and Danner struck on 34 minutes with the tying goal (15-15). Allendorf had the chance to go ahead in his hands, but his bouncing shot clanged off the bar. Ernst seized the opportunity and restore his team to the lead. Melsungen countered a bit too easily for Kurtagic's taste, and he called for a time-out with the scoreboard deadlocked at 16-16.

With Melsungen now flowing better on offence, the match began to pick up steam and the MT even scratched out a slight lead. Gummersbach wouldn't let itself get shaken off, however. Both trainers rotated their personnel somewhat, trying to find the winning combination. Gummersbach for example put Sebastian Schöneseiffen out on the left wing, while Melsungen sent Junior national player Johannes Golla out to man the pivot — and watched him strike home twice in a row. His second goal on 49 minutes put the MT out in front 25-23.

Yet this encounter was far from decided: With passive play already indicated, Christoph Schindler knotted things up on 53 minutes to 27-27 — just seven minutes from the finish. Melsungen had found its groove and was ready to do what needed to be done to claim victory. Gummersbach attempted a late comeback, but the time was too short — at the final whistle the MT had prevailed 28-27. (Report from handball-world.com)

"At times we really moved things forward well", praised MT President Axel Geerken. "Gummersbach", Coach Michael Roth indicated, "is a worthy opponent, which makes this victory all the sweeter. (Quotes from hna.de).

MT shooters: Sellin 7/2, Golla 2, Fahlgren 1, Danner 7, P. Müller 4, Rnic 1, Schneider 4, Allendorf 4, M. Müller 2.

Matches on Sunday:
11:00 am – Match for 5th place: VfLGummersbach – Gorenje Velenje
1:00 pm Match for 3rd place Ystads IF – SC DHFK Leipzig
3:00 pm - finale: MT Melsungen – SC Magdeburg
Venue: Harzland Halle Ilsenburg



Photo (MT-Trommler): Roth's team warming up at Harzland Hall.

Simon Ernst started things off with a goal for 1-0, but Felix Danner equalised shortly thereafter. The MT had three players — Timm Schneider, Momir Rnic and Michael Müller — back on the roster who for various reasons had missed the finale of the international Heide Cup last Sunday. The team's newcomers were all on the bench at the start, while Gummersbach sent our recent recruit Kevynn Nyokas to man the backcourt from the beginning.

In the minutes that followed the VfL scratched out a slight advantage in what was a tense, low scoring affair. Both teams suffered from turnovers, poor passing and poor throwing, making for a highly choppy game. While the VfL, and Nyokas in particular, managed to slot home a few lovely backcourt goals, MT keeper Rene Villadsen nevertheless looked to be in good form, robbing Florian van Gruchalla of a seven metre throw, among other highlights.

His counterpart Matthias Puhle was equally stalwart: on 9 minutes he thwarted a seven metre throw by Michael Allendorf and helped his team go out in front. Nyokas and Simon Ernst delivered to make it 4-3 (11th); seven minutes later Mark Bult converted a seven metre throw to extend the lead to 8-4 (18th) - truly a goal-poor working environment.

Nothing symbolised the paucity of offence more than one particular attack by Melsungen toward the end of the half: Villadsen blocked a chance by Gummersbach and initiated a outlet pass for a potential Müller fast break. Who then passed back into his own half, even though there was no pressure. Nor one of his own players, for that matter. But von Gruchalle was there, and he accepted the gift and shot the VfL to a 12-9 advantage (27th minute). Finally the wakeup call arrived for Melsungen and they went on a 3-1 run to cut the deficit to one going into the half. Gummersberg hence led 13-12 as they headed for the dressing rooms.

The first goal of the second half was notched by Michael Müller, who struck from the 2nd wave. The MT began moving forward on the attack with greater determination, and Danner struck on 34 minutes with the tying goal (15-15). Allendorf had the chance to go ahead in his hands, but his bouncing shot clanged off the bar. Ernst seized the opportunity and restore his team to the lead. Melsungen countered a bit too easily for Kurtagic's taste, and he called for a time-out with the scoreboard deadlocked at 16-16.

With Melsungen now flowing better on offence, the match began to pick up steam and the MT even scratched out a slight lead. Gummersbach wouldn't let itself get shaken off, however. Both trainers rotated their personnel somewhat, trying to find the winning combination. Gummersbach for example put Sebastian Schöneseiffen out on the left wing, while Melsungen sent Junior national player Johannes Golla out to man the pivot — and watched him strike home twice in a row. His second goal on 49 minutes put the MT out in front 25-23.

Yet this encounter was far from decided: With passive play already indicated, Christoph Schindler knotted things up on 53 minutes to 27-27 — just seven minutes from the finish. Melsungen had found its groove and was ready to do what needed to be done to claim victory. Gummersbach attempted a late comeback, but the time was too short — at the final whistle the MT had prevailed 28-27. (Report from handball-world.com)

"At times we really moved things forward well", praised MT President Axel Geerken. "Gummersbach", Coach Michael Roth indicated, "is a worthy opponent, which makes this victory all the sweeter. (Quotes from hna.de).

MT shooters: Sellin 7/2, Golla 2, Fahlgren 1, Danner 7, P. Müller 4, Rnic 1, Schneider 4, Allendorf 4, M. Müller 2.

Matches on Sunday:
11:00 am – Match for 5th place: VfLGummersbach – Gorenje Velenje
1:00 pm Match for 3rd place Ystads IF – SC DHFK Leipzig
3:00 pm - finale: MT Melsungen – SC Magdeburg
Venue: Harzland Halle Ilsenburg

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