German championship? won. European League? won? DHB Cup? Now also won. The SG BBM Bietigheim crowns its unique handball season with the 53rd consecutive victory. In the cup final, VfL Oldenburg defended itself as best they could, but ultimately had no chance.
The handball players of the SG BBM Bietigheim crowned their dream season with the triple. At the Final Four for the DHB Cup in Stuttgart, the team of national coach Markus Gaugisch won the final against VfL Oldenburg 40:30 (17:12) and successfully defended its title. "The German cup victory in Stuttgart crowns a perfect, now historic season. It is hardly possible to put into words what the players and the coaching team have torn down day after day, week after week," said sports director Gerit Winnen: "This golden SG Generation chisels sports history. More is not possible."
The Bietigheimers dominated the final from the start. The favorites played their clear advantages in attack and defense in a determined manner, and with the intermediate score of 9:4 after twelve minutes, a preliminary decision seemed to have been made. Oldenburg reduced the lead after a time-out, but outnumbered, the SG pulled away again by five goals.
The best throwers for the winner were national player Julia Maidhof and Karolina Kudlacz-Gloc, each with six goals. The nine goals scored by the outstanding Kathrin Pichlmeier were not enough for Oldenburg, Merle Carstensen scored eight times for VfL. Bietigheim's Dutch world champion Inger Smits was voted the best player of the entire weekend.
For the high-flyers from Bietigheim, it was the 53rd competitive win in a row across all competitions. Strictly speaking, after the triumph in the European League and the championship, they even got the quadruple. At the beginning of the season, the club had won the Supercup against Borussia Dortmund. "This coolness, this greed to keep winning" makes his team special, said coach Gaugisch in an interview with SWR Sport.
Oldenburg, meanwhile, missed their fifth cup win. In the semifinals the day before, VfL had defeated Buxtehuder SV 28:26 (15:8), Bietigheim prevailed 32:28 (17:12) against Thüringer HC. The THC won the match for third place against Buxtehude with 30:27 (17:12).