Star squad from the Rhine for the first time in the „Ries“

On the fifth matchday of the DBBL, the Eigner-Angels have a home game coming up. After a great start to the season, they unfortunately had to give in against Keltern and also in Osnabrück nothing was to be gained due to several absences. Meanwhile, the injury situation in the Rieser team has not improved significantly. Meg Wilson, one of the team’s best scorers, is still out. And Mariam Haslé-Lagemann, who thrilled the spectators with her speed and energy in the last home game, will not be able to play again this weekend.

The situation is completely different for the guests from Bergisch Gladbach, who are fielding a deep and balanced squad. Coach Mario Zurkowski is therefore in a comfortable situation, especially since he has already worked with many of his players before this season. Already last year, the Rheinland Lions were able to poach Zurkowski from Osnabrück, where he drew particular attention with the fact that he led a second-division team to the cup final for the first time. With him, the Dutch Rowie Jongeling as well as center Brianna Rollerson switched from OSC to the Lions and promptly made the promotion clear. Former national players Birte Thimm and Romy Bär were also involved in the move into the first division. All of them have extended their contracts and are no less successful in Germany’s top league.

Of course, the Rheinland Lions have strengthened themselves with some new players. With Lisa Koop, who transferred from TKH, the Lions welcomed another ex-national player to their ranks. However, the two top scorers of the Rhineland Lions come from abroad. On the one hand, there is the French point guard Joyce Cousseins-Smith, who radiates the greatest danger from the three-point line. The second point guarantor is the US-American Taylor Wurtz-Purifoy, who has already gained experience in numerous European professional leagues.
With such a renowned squad, it is no wonder that the promoted team is unbeaten at the top of the table so far. The offensively strong team even managed a clear victory against the multiple champions Keltern. Only against Wasserburg did they show small weaknesses and won only narrowly after an exciting game.

Under these conditions, the question of the favorite for Sunday’s game in Noerdlingen does not need to be discussed at length. With the current personnel situation of the Angels, it will be difficult to beat a team like the Rheinland Lions. However, they showed last weekend in Osnabrück that the team from Noerdlingen should not be underestimated even in their current situation. Especially the two Finns Elina Koskimies and Anissa Pounds showed their accuracy from beyond the three-point line. The Eigner-Angels will therefore always put up a fight and perhaps they will once again manage a small sensation in their own hall – it wouldn’t be the first time. As always the players around coach Tony Imreh are pleased about numerous public.

The game starts on Sunday at 4 pm in the Hermann-Kessler-Halle. The 3G rule applies. Tickets are available online via the Angels‘ homepage or on Friday afternoon at KultWork (Polizeigasse). Late deciders can also still purchase tickets at the box office. However, this service has a fee of 5 euros and the counter closes 15 minutes before the start of the game.