The BVB Women's Handball Team remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga, after picking up their next two points courtesy of a 38-21 (18-14) victory against SV Union Halle-Neustadt at Halle Wellinghofen. With a points tally of 20-0, coach André Fuhr's charges are the only side in the league yet to drop a single point.
The Black & Yellows started with Tina Abdulla on the right flank – Kelly Vollebregt watched on from the sidelines, having been rested as a precautionary measure on account of a patella tendon problem and with the upcoming run of fixture in mind. In addition, Laura van der Heijden moved to centre-right and left winger Johanna Stockschläder made the starting XI. But despite switching up their starting line-up, the Black & Yellows still put the promoted side under the cosh and opened up a lead in the first 10 minutes.
A fast break from Alina Grijseels put the BVB Women 5-2 ahead on the seven-minute mark. Rinka Duijndam blocked the ensuing throw from the visitors and Tina Abdulla made it 6-2. Shortly afterwards, in the 11th minute, Johanna Stockschläder played a lovely pass from the left from towards birthday girl Merel Freriks, who upped the score to 7-2.
André Fuhr completely switched up his line-up early on, which led to the Black & Yellows' lead shrinking midway through the first period. With BVB up 12-9 after 20 minutes, Fuhr called for time-out. Halle-Neustadt did not let up, however, and repeatedly scored easy goals after getting in behind the defence to reduce their deficit to 14-12 on 24 minutes. But shortly before the break, Yara ten Holte made an important save and Dana Bleckmann scored two goals to give the hosts an 18-14 lead and some breathing space.
Once the game had restarted, it was again Dana Bleckmann who scored the Black & Yellows' first goal to make it 19-15 on 32 minutes. Alina Grijseels then scored two seven-metre throws to make it 21-15. By now, BVB were playing their usual high-tempo game and after goals from Merel Freriks and Alina Grijseels that made it 24-16 in the 40th minute, Halle-Neustadt called for time out. But it was more of the same once play resumed, with Tina Abdulla converting two quick counter-attacks to make it 26-16 and goalkeeper Yara ten Holte making some saves to ensure Dortmund's lead did not diminish. With a congested fixture schedule over the coming weeks, André Fuhr kept making changes to ensure all his players got a breather.
In the closing stages, Jennifer Gutiérrez Bermejo managed to get herself on the scoresheet several times. In the 58th minute, the Spaniard receives a strong pass from Isabell Roch before making it 37-20. A goal more for each side saw the match end 38-21 to the Black & Yellows, who picked up their 19th and 20th points of the season and are still the only unbeaten side in the Bundesliga. Next up for BVB is an EHF Champions League clash away to Montenegrin side Buducnost Podgorica on Saturday.
BVB Women's Handball Team: Duijndam, Roch, ten Holte; Grijseels (5/2), Monti Danielsson (4), van der Heijden (4), van Zijl (3), Smits (1), Abdulla (6/2), Stockschläder (2), Gutiérrez Bermejo (3), Freriks (4), Dulfer, Rode (3/1), Bleckmann (3)