The team from SV Friedrichsthal | Image: Christiane Heine / Kaiserslautern
The team from SV Friedrichsthal | Image: Christiane Heine / Kaiserslautern

SV Friedrichsthal wins New Year's tournament in Kaiserslautern

SV Friedrichsthal's water polo players start the new year with a tournament victory: they won the New Year's tournament in Kaiserslautern on the third attempt.

SV Friedrichsthal's water polo players start the new year with a tournament victory: they won the New Year's tournament in Kaiserslautern on the third attempt.

Due to the narrow pelvis, the team structure is mixed up: it is played with one field player less and two women. With opponents from Ingolstadt (tournament winner 2016) and the second division team from Bietigheim, strong opponents were already waiting in the group phase.

The Friedrichsthalers were able to defeat the former tournament winner from Ingolstadt with 4: 3 in particular through a strong first half. The second division club from Bietigheim was then cleared 8: 5, which was due in no small part to an excellent game by Maxi Simonett, who controlled the top scorer from the ranks of the opponent well. So he could not play his offensive qualities.

The other opponents Stolberg II (8: 0) and PSV Stuttgart (11: 3) did not pose a major threat to the SVF.

In the semifinals, the final game of last year was scheduled: The SVF had to compete against the first team from Stolberg. As a reminder: Last year they lost 2: 4 in the final. It should go better this year and you beat the opponent 10: 5.

The Kaiserslautern SK was in the final this year. The Friedrichsthal team played concentrated from the start and all players were able to register on the scorers list, so that in the end there was a 5: 3 victory and thus the tournament victory.

A strong performance by the whole team led to Gemmingen and Friedrichsthal for the third tournament victory in a row and represents an optimal start to the water polo year 2019. Tobias Bauer was the top scorer in the Friedrichsthal camp with 11 goals.

"A big thank you goes to the ladies Maja, Alina and Siri, who traveled from Stuttgart, who made a fantastic contribution to the team, and to the hosts from Kaiserslautern, who will be welcomed for the home game in the Oberliga next Friday."

Lukas Mathieu

The following played: Fabian Abel (T), Siri Strittmatter (5 goals), Yannis Künstle (5), Pascal Hinz (2), Markus Lambert (1), Stefan Schmidt (1), Andrzej Szczurkiewicz (3), Maja Römer (2), Lucas Blechschmidt (1), Lukas Mathieu (4), Alina Gütler-Ungerer (1), Maximilian Simonett (10) and Tobias Bauer (11).

Picture sources:

  • SVF New Year's tournament team: Christiane Heine / Kaiserslautern