– To make it clear to their fans that the handball-free period is over, HC Erlangen met them on Sunday at the Karl-Heinz-Hiersemann-Halle. As the sun burned in the sky in front of her, her shoes squeaked on the parquet floor. The fact that the balls whistled into the net during public training was another sign that the team in twelfth position from the previous season was significantly increasing its number of shots.
Also present at the HCE house: The four newcomers of the first division representatives from Erlangen were also there: Bertram Obling (IK Sävenhof), Lutz Heiny (TuS Lübbecke), Manuel Zehnder (Suhr Aarau) and Justin Kurch (HSC Coburg) should make Franken’s flagship handball player better. The same applies to the talented Stephan Seitz, recently with Germany’s juniors at the European Championships, and Nuremberg-born Yannik Bialowas.
The basis for the corresponding further development? They are dice. says the clock. “Everyone there, everyone capable of training, everyone fresh,” says Alonso, satisfied that in the coming weeks “you can push yourself to the max and distribute the load among several shoulders.” On top of that, there’s a performance diagnostic-based compliment for players who are no longer on vacation. “The prerequisite to get off to a good start and take your preparation to another level,” says the 43-year-old, describing the corresponding comments.
Captains and Gunzenhausen
For its part, the duo of captains, who according to information from nordbayern.de is reset. The successors of Nikolai Link and Johannes Sellin should push the HCE. The last time he met his players was in Gunzenhausen. Which was to be taken literally. The percussion workshop, which recently also helped the German soccer team in Herzogenaurach to develop a common rhythm? It was just a program item for the Franconian Bundesliga handball team, but it was still a motto. During the short stay in Seenland, the HCE took the opportunity to get an idea of the work that was going to be carried out with its professionals.
Tactical aspects and organizational processes were discussed, presentations on regeneration, rehabilitation, nutrition and media work were made, and beach volleyball was played. “We are delighted with the commitment of the boys over the three days,” said managing director René Selke, recalling the successful preliminary work, which should be followed by a barrage of good games at the latest when the league starts.
To prepare for the duel with HSG Wetzlar, with which the new handball season will open in Nuremberg on September 1, the HCE has put together a decent programme. This includes a number of challenging friendlies, including against Lemgo, Magdeburg, Göppingen and the Berlin foxes, who you meet in Roßtal on August 25. “It’s important to measure yourself against the best possible teams to push yourself to the limit,” says Alonso. And he’s looking forward to meeting Wetzlar at the start of the season, “even though he’s still a long way off.” The last two games, one in the cup at the Hiersemann-Halle, the other in the center of Hesse, were very successful from the point of view of the HCE. To feel even more anticipation for the start of the season, you probably don’t have to keep drumming.