It ain't over until the fat lady sings... - German League #17
If the competition at the very top has been not as interesting as one might have hoped for, the battle in the middle has been more furious than in ages. How fitting is it that it will all come down to the wire and the last spot for the Play-offs or Play-downs will be decided in the very last game between the two teams that have the best chances.
Before we get to that however, let us take a look at the results of the last weekend.
VfL Red Hocks Kaufering – SSF Dragons Bonn 5:4
TV Schriesheim – ETV Piranhhas Hamburg 9:8
Berlin Rockets – UHC Sparkasse Weißenfels 3:5
MFBC Leipzig – Red Devils Wernigerode 19:4
Floor Fighters Chemnitz – DJK Holzbüttgen 6:7 (ot)
As you can see, the top two are already clear. UHC and Leipzig will be resting the first round of playoffs having finished at the top of the table.
Same could be said about the last two. Berlin and Bonn can both start concentrating on the play-downs….even though Berlin as a host still does participate in the German Cup final-event in just two weeks time.
Oh yes, there is an official statement from the organizers of the Final4 that basically states, the event is still on. The recent events with the Virus and all have not changed anything when it comes to the event. If you wish to read the entire statement, you can do so here (in German).
Final Round regular season
I am not really going to go through every game here when there is really only one game that promises to be a Battle Royal of floorball for this season. On 14th of March at 18.00 in Hamburg a battle of enormous consequence for both teams will be fought. The Piranhhas will be playing host to the Red Devils from Kaufering but expect no pleasantries to be exchanged. Both teams will know that the team that wins, is in the playoffs and the loser in playdowns. Yes, technically it is still possible for Wernigerode to go past both of them….but it would require a draw in this game and Wernigerode to beat Berlin with 23 goals or more… I actually had to look it up. According to the rules, the order on the table is defined 1. points, 2. goal-difference, 3. goals scored. So considering the results of both teams as of late, it is unlikely this kind of blowout will take place.
Even if DJK still has 2 games at hand, should they win both of them and Chemnitz would lose their last game against Weißenfels…both entirely possible….DJK would still only tie for points. Since Chemnitz has +36 on the table against DJKs +0, it is unlikely something here will change even if UHC won with 20 goals, DJK would need 8+ goal victories against both Schriesheim and Bonn. Admirable goals but perhaps rather concentrate on staying healthy just before Final4.
So that is it for this time….one more time coming weekend and then it is off to the Final4. Hope to see you there….in the meanwhile…go practise….and wash your hands!
P.S. Sorry for the lack of pictures, I am kinda busy on the game-weekends and do not have much time to make photos. I will try to find some time to later add some to my articles…in the meanwhile….you’re kind of stuck with the texts….sorrryyyyy..