The Borussia Dortmund women's handball team are 2021 German champions! Coach André Fuhr's charges secured the first-ever title in the BVB handball department's history with three games to spare, thanks to a 39-22 (22-9) victory away to SV Union Halle-Neustadt.
The game started with a technical error from the Wild Cats, but Kelly Vollebregt subsequently missed with a throw from out wide. Borussia again defended solidly in the opening stages of the match and after a save from Isabell Roch, Kelly Dulfer opened the scoring at 1-0 (3).
The Black & Yellows were slightly lacking concentration in front of goal to begin with, but Isabell Roch's interventions between the sticks ensured a relatively smooth start and the BVB ladies pulled 4-2 ahead after eight minutes following a high-tempo counter from Johanna Stockschläder. Dortmund were now in the game and surged into a 9-3 lead with their high-tempo play and diligent defending (11).
Even losing a player after Kelly Dulfer was hit with a two-minute suspension could not knock BVB out of their rhythm, with Merel Freriks scoring from the circle to make it 12-6 and the visitors again winning the ball back to go 13-6 up (18).
The home side then called a time out, after which André Fuhr opted to send on Dana Bleckmann and Alina Grijseels in place of Kelly Dulfer and Inger Smits. BVB captain Grijseels immediately scored to make it 17-7 (22). Clara Monti Danielsson soon replaced Merel Freriks in the pivot role, another seamless switch, and it was clear that the Black & Yellow were enjoying themselves. After 25 minutes, Kelly Vollebregt scored from the right wing to make it 19-7. BVB had upped that lead to a comfortable 22-9 by the interval.
Even though the game was already decided, BVB did not let up after the break and showcased their quality. Alina Grijseels & Co. upped the tempo in their usual manner and pulled even further ahead. Jennifer Rode, Tessa van Zijl, Yara ten Holte and Rinka Duijndam all made an appearance during the second half and played their part in a decisive victory.
The Black & Yellows were 31-16 ahead after 45 minutes, and within six minutes the German champions in waiting had pulled ahead to 36-16. The last few minutes of the match were cheered on ferociously from the bench, and the final whistle with the score at 39-22 prompted wild celebrations: the Borussia Dortmund women's handball team were 2021 German champions!
BVB women's handball team: Duijndam, Roch, ten Holte; Grijseels (3), van der Heijden (2), van Zijl (3), Smits (5/2), Abdulla, Stockschläder (6), Freriks (6), Dulfer (3), Rode (2), Bleckmann (3), Vollebregt (3), Danielsson (3)