Torgau handball coach Ritz: “We like the first place”

The cage. VfB Torgau’s handball gamers are unbeaten in seven video games and have lately gained all their opponents with clear victories. Nikolay, Boris, Stok and Okay. in the district class with 20:6 factors from Saturday. TZ spoke to player-coach Philippe Ritz (38) about the profitable streak and prospects for promotion to the district league.

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You need to make it clear: Things are going nicely for the VfB males at the second. You guys are working nice. Or?

Ph. Ritz: (laughs) Yeah, we’re not complaining now as a result of there have been different instances earlier than.

It’s time for Torgau males’s handball to turn into one thing once more and play the place it actually belongs!

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Slow down now! We are nicely on our method and the season remains to be lengthy!

What has modified in comparison with the final three years?

Lots occurred there: modifications in the lineup. We now have just one males’s staff as an alternative of two. Youth A moved to the males’s division. We first needed to take care of the occasions attributable to Corona, we needed to intensify the coaching. It was not a straightforward time. But different groups had the identical issues. We had a good time and had been capable of construct and construct a staff with an awesome staff spirit. And we play different handball.

Another handball?

Due to the rule change, handball grew to become a lot quicker. We adopted a quick type of play and are at present very profitable in quick handball.

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VfB managed to retain some A-Youth gamers and combine them into the males’s staff a bit. Do younger badgers have the skill and bodily power to play with males?

Yes after all. No bodily defects. In phrases of intelligence and ways, they nonetheless want to enhance. But all the boys are prepared to check and inquisitive.

Which A’s younger gamers do the future belong to?

Tend to all the gamers in the cage. Robin Arlt, Carl Hamann and Theo Manthey have performed the most thus far. But others have potential and work nicely.

Then the staff has one other oldie in Jens Kunze. How is he enjoying for VfB once more, getting his share and scoring just a few targets?

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Yes, our previous Jens. He is vital for our staff and the recreation. During the preparations for the new season, we lacked gamers, particularly in the left wing place. Jens agreed to assist and stayed. He made the staff and was appreciated by all the gamers. We nonetheless have lots to be taught from him – he’s an icon. And Jens is the one who all the time makes his place out there to younger gamers.

VfB scored 433:380 targets in 13 league video games, making them the most harmful staff in the league. The purpose distinction is already spectacular – a mean of 33.3 targets per recreation. What is the threat of your purpose?

We play at a excessive tempo and attempt to keep our momentum till the ultimate whistle. We are doing very nicely now and we’ll proceed to attain the so-called straightforward targets.

Is this tactic the key to success?

Yes completely. The complete staff is ready for it. Our quick handball is our trademark, our DNA. This can be resulting from the new guidelines in handball.

The staff practices a bit on their very own. You are a player-coach. That’s sufficient for the district class for now, however quickly it is a double whammy. Or are you good at it?

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A double load is mostly not good. But I share the coaching with Alessandro Becker. Assistant coach in coaching and video games. It took us a very long time to finish this activity. Personally, I’m giving again. My proper half place with Robert Bush and Iven Weiss is working nicely now.

How a lot common teaching is required?

Of course, it is extremely essential. But all the pieces has to match, and it is not all the time straightforward.

Did the coach present up?

This is just not a difficulty at the second. We will take care of this matter after the season, that’s, in the summer season.

VfB have gained seven in a row, how shut is promotion to the district league?

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So distant! We take pleasure in primary. Nine video games left. Everything could be very tight at the tables. All you must do is lose two video games and abruptly you are in a unique place.

What is lacking for VfB-Sieben to be promoted after which maintain on nicely in the higher chamber of the district?

I’d say it like this: We could be behind in the district league. Our weak spot is that our protection permits too many targets. Tactically, we nonetheless have a whole lot of potential in assault, particularly relating to the play at the again.

Interview: Thomas Manthey

On Saturday (February 4) at 17.00, there can be a greatest recreation in the district class. VfB Torgau welcomes second-placed Germany Zvenkau II in assist at 17:00 in the sports activities corridor at the SaW Tower (SaW).

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