After two short-notice match postponements, the Borussia Dortmund women's handballers will play their first home game of 2024 on Saturday evening (19:00 CET). HSG Bad Wildungen will visit Sporthalle Wellinghofen.
Henk Groener's team boast a record of two away victories in a row this year. The Borussia ladies kicked off the year with wins away to Buxtehuder SV and VfL Oldenburg at the end of January. Now the aim will be to continue that successful run by beating HSG Bad Wildungen in their own hall. The North Hesse outfit are in a relegation battle and made a change in the dugout only recently.
Former Borussia player Tessa Bremmer was in charge of the Vipers for more than nine years before being relieved of her duties at the beginning of February. Mart Aalderink has been appointed to succeed her compatriot, but the Dutchwoman came away from her debut match against SV Union Halle-Neustadt without any points last weekend. However, Bad Wildungen are above the line and will keep their place in the division as things stand.
BVB, meanwhile, would like to defend fourth position and could even draw level on points with third-placed Thüringer HC with a victory. Lisa Antl, who is in dazzling form, will once again play a key role. The international converted seven of her eight attempts in Oldenburg and was the match-winner alongside the outstanding goalkeeper Tess Lieder, who made 15 saves.
"We played to our strengths right from the start," said Antl. "In the first 10 minutes in particular, we found the gaps well against their offensive defence. I was really pleased with our performance." The pivot is determined to take the confidence from those two games into the clash against Bad Wildungen. "We faced two strong-willed opponents in Buxtehude and Oldenburg and were able to come out on top on both occasions. We want to build on that." She also believes it is a positive that two players, Maraike Kusian and Zoë Sprengers, are returning to the fold once again. "That's very good for us, because it means we can share the workload across more players again."