It’s on

Starting from Sunday, 16.00, it applies to the basketball ladies of the again-formed team of the EIGNER Angels from Noerdlingen. Then they start at home with the Pokalknaller against the Inexio Royals Saarlouis into the 2nd Cup round of the DBBL, after the Erstligisten in the 1st round had in each case a free ticket. At the same time, this is the start for the team from Noerdlingen to their 14th round of compulsory games in the 1st Women’s Basketball Bundesliga.

Four victories and two defeats were recorded by the Imreh squad during their preparation. Reason enough to go into this duel with self-confidence, also in the knowledge that they can do it, despite or perhaps because of the last encounter. One of these two defeats was inflicted on the Angels by the girls from Saarland. In the Angels Cup at the beginning of September in their own living room Hermann-Keßler-Halle they lost 79:85, won only the third quarter with 27:19 and were not completely satisfied with the overall performance. In addition, the guests provided the most valuable player of the tournament with Addison Richards. She from the forward position (22 points) and the Slovenian national player Tina Cvianovic (19 points) as shooting guard were hardly to be stopped by the Nördlingen defense. Under the basket, Finn Anniina Äijänen, sister of ex-Angel Heta, caused a lot of trouble (8 points). The Royals‘ management saw potential for improvement at the playmaker position. Here they changed the personnel once again. For Isis Young, successful in Nördlingen with ten points and five assists, they got the US girl Antoinette Thompson.

The Angels beat last year’s tenth-placed team twice last season, albeit with Maggy Meynadier as captain and a completely different team constellation each time. The 29-year-old has switched to Saarlouis for this season, moving closer to her family and Luxembourg home. Maggy“ will hardly be nostalgic against her former Nördlingen club and, „because I’m Maggy“, as she says herself, will be hanging in there for her new team. The goal of the Saarland women is similar to that of the Rieser women: they want to make it to the playoffs and also advance one round in the cup. At least here the Kraterbasketballerinnen want to be already once spoilsport for the Inexio Royals Saarlouis. For both teams, the game is a kind of key game right at the beginning of the season, one of them has to say goodbye to a season goal. So there is steam in the boiler.

The camp around coach Ajtony Imreh is correspondingly focused, knowing the importance of a good start to the season. Not only because of the large rotation possibility of the guests one is not one hundred percent happy with the past training week at the last year table ninth from the Ries. Asha Thomas, the Angels‘ regular playmaker, is still out. Mariam Hasle-Lagemann is suffering from problems with her Achilles tendon and Meg Wilson injured her thumb in Luxembourg. In addition, two players, Mona Berlitz and Bianca Helmig, have cancelled some training sessions. Systems can therefore only be rehearsed to a very limited extent. A smooth team training was not possible for coach Imreh. Due to this fact, the guests may be considered the favorites in this game.

This is where the spectator factor comes into play: for the first time since the beginning of the corona pandemic, the Hermann-Keßler-Halle is allowed to receive fans up to the roof. The prerequisite for this is a medical mask and compliance with the 3G rule. Tickets are available online in the ticket store on the homepage eigner-angels.de. The game starts at 16:00 in the Hermann-Keßler-Halle.