The Borussia Dortmund women's handballers want to follow up their two wins at the start of the season with another victory on Saturday (19:00 CET). HSG Blomberg-Lippe will be the visitors to Halle Wellinghofen.
BVB have come out on top in eight of their last 10 meetings against their rivals from East Westphalia. But the visitors will be coming to Dortmund brimming with self-belief after opening their campaign with two comfortable wins. Dortmund coach Henk Groener is expecting "a fast-paced match between two teams who know each other very well". The clubs played two friendlies in Dortmund and Blomberg respectively during pre-season, with the away team winning both times.
"We must be alert in all aspects of the game," and BVB's Dutch coach ahead of the latest meeting. "If we want to be successful, we must also act with conviction. On top of that, Blomberg's team do not only consist of Marie Michalczik and Laetitia Quist," he said, in reference to HSG's strong partnership at the back of the court. "We will of course defend intensively against them, but the team is very strong across the board."
However, the focus will – as always – be on their own performance. "We're continuously working on our game and I've liked the team's commitment in both matches to date. The team is focused and gives everything until the end," declared Groener. However, he has not disregarded Blomberg's strengths in the past few days. "Among other things, we've focused our attention on our retreating this week because Blomberg also like to get forward fast." A total of 71 goals in their two Bundesliga games this season against Zwickau and Halle-Neustadt attest to that.
BVB coach Henk Groener will have all his players at his disposal with the exception of long-term injury absentee Dana Bleckmann (torn cruciate ligament).
The match at Halle Wellinghofen will get under way at 19:00 CET. Tickets are available via the BVB Ticket Shop. Those who cannot attend can follow a live stream of the game via Sportdeutschland.TV and Dyn Media.