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There is plenty going on for the #hyloathletes. We take a look back at the latest events and competitions in recent days featuring our athletes, teams and clubs.

No change for SVE – remaining undefeated for sixth game in a row

With a magnificent, floodlit home win (3:0) against Eintracht Braunschweig, SV Elversberg is continuing its successful run, and has risen to seventh place in the 2. Bundesliga after the tenth day of play (more details in our post-match report).

A perfect end to the season for Tim Hellwig

After his success in Chengdu, China, Tim Hellwig was able to win the World Triathlon Cup in Tongyeong (South Korea) and successfully round off his Asian trip with his second victory in a row.

This national squad athlete and mixed relay world champion, who trains at the Olympic training centre in Saarbrücken, set off on Saturday morning (21 October) to tackle the sprint distance (750-metre swim, 20-kilometre cycle and 5-kilometre run) against a strong international field, celebrating his second world cup triumph with a time of 50:25 minutes.

This represents a magnificent finish to the 2023 season for this top triathlete from HYLO® Team Saar. He is now enjoying a well-earned holiday, before beginning preparations for the upcoming Olympic season.

Picture credits: @worldtriathlon / @janosmschmidt

And for the other elite athletes in HYLO® Team Saar: Lasse Priester also finished in the top ten at the South Korean race with a magnificent eighth place, thus improving his changes of a ticket to Paris 2024 and the third place on the Olympic starting line.
Valentin Wernz finished the race in 24th place.

Jürgen Doberstein successful at URSAPHARM Fight-Night II

The second URSAPHARM Fight-Night last Saturday evening (21 October 2023) in Kleinblittersdorf was an all-round success for the event organisers and for boxing pro Jürgen Doberstein. This boxing gala, organised by the super middleweight from Saarland himself and his team, offered more than 900 spectators an entertaining and exciting evening of boxing with six professional fights, paired with a supporting programme of attractive show acts. For example, the audience were able to enjoy an appearance and win on points by Koblenz pro heavyweight Yakub Saglam against Brit Kevin Greenwood.

But the crowning glory of this successful evening was the ‘Dobermann’, in the event’s main fight. Instead of the advertised Iranian boxer Sajad Mehrabi, who was unable to travel on the Thursday evening as he was not granted a visa in his home country, a new top opponent was found at short notice. With a well-earned, unanimous win on points, 34-year-old Doberstein put in a strong performance against the higher ranked and previously unbeaten 19-year-old Ukrainian Petro Frolov, delighting his many fans with a spectacular ten-round fight. With this win against a young fighter ranked seventy places higher, the Saarland boxer rises further in the global rankings and moves one step closer to his dream of becoming world champion in one of the largest, most important world federations.

KÜS Team Bernhard gains more points in the DTM finale at the Hockenheimring

With sixth place for Laurin Heinrich and eleventh for Ayhancan Güven, KÜS Team Bernhard added another 15 points to its team total in Sunday’s race (22 October 2023) at the Hockenheimring, the final race day of the 2023 DTM season. After DTM newcomer Laurin Heinrich (22, Kürnach) managed to reach the top ten in Saturday’s race, finishing tenth despite a crash at the start that was not his fault, the season finally once again saw both cars gaining point finishes – a positive end for the Palatinate team.

In the Saturday race, Ayhancan Güven (25, Gronau) in the Porsche 911 GT3 R with the starting number 24 was forced to finish early due to a technical defect. On Sunday, the 25-year-old Turk also spent some time in the top ten but ultimately crossed the finish line in eleventh, earning another six championship points.

Laurin spent part of Sunday’s race fighting for the podium, and ultimately brought his car with the starting number of 75 over the line in sixth place, ensuring a very satisfactory finish to the season for the newcomer and his team.

With a pole position and three podium finishes (two second places and a third), team manager Timo Bernhard is overall very satisfied with how the season has gone, saying: ‘The 2023 DTM season was one of highs and lows for us. But I think the highs win out. We put on a fantastic show, also making us a fairly popular figure in the paddock. We put in good performances with our two young drivers.’

Victory and defeat for BC Bischmisheim in double header

For 1. BCB, last weekend (21 – 22 October 2023) saw another pair of two Badminton-Bundesliga home matches. On Saturday, the eleven-time German champions faced fourth-placed TV Refrath in the Joachim-Deckarm-Halle, before hosting league leaders SV Dortelweil on Sunday.

They were able to decisively win the match against Refrath in magnificent form, with a score of 6:1. In Sunday’s game, as expected the team from Dortelweil proved a more difficult task, especially as the Saarland team were down four key players. After an exciting, hard-fought match, the Bischmisheim team were beaten 3:4, but were still very satisfied with the result given the circumstances. Ultimately, this tight result provided a vital point in the Bundesliga table for Isabel Lohau and Marvin Seidel’s team. At fifteen points after six days of play, the Saarland players now sit in second place in the rankings, joint with their opponents.

For the national players in the BCB squad, their attentions can now turn fully to the upcoming HYLO® Badminton Open 2023 home tournament, taking place from 31 October to 5 November 2023 in the Saarlandhalle in Saarbrücken. The Bundesliga circus then restarts on 11 and 12 November with two doubles away games.

Narrow home defeat for the proWIN Volleys

On Saturday (21 October 2023), the proWIN Volleys from Holz played a home game against the Roten Raben Vilsbiburg second team in Saarbrücken’s Multifunktionshalle, earning a good result against the leaders of the 2. Bundesliga Süd women’s volleyball league.

In front of nearly 400 spectators, the Saarland volleyball players provided an exciting match with very close sets throughout. Ultimately, the Volleys were unable to break the current league leaders’ winning streak, and after a strong fight were only defeated 2:3 in the tie break (14:16) of the deciding fifth set, in front of a nevertheless enthusiastic audience. The defeat was somewhat softened by the fact that the team still gained a point after the close-fought match.

This Sunday (29 October) at 4 p.m. sees the next 2. Bundesliga Süd home game for proWIN Volleys, against TSV Unterhaching.

Difficult start to the season for the Saarlouis Royals

On Sunday (22 October 2023), the Saarlouis Royals lost a home league game in the Stadtgartenhalle 61:75 to TK Hannover Luchse. After a clear victory over the Rhein-Main Baskets in the cup match the previous weekend, hopes were high that the Royals would be able to keep the momentum going and pave the way for success in the 1. Bundesliga.

The Saarland hosts were already 19 points down by half time, fought back in the third quarter, but were ultimately unable to keep this recovery going to the end of the game. The Saarlouis team thus go into their fourth day of play awaiting their first win of the season. The Royals’ next opportunity to rectify this unsuccessful start to the season is on 29 October, with an away game against GISA LIONS MBC. We are crossing our fingers, and wish them much luck and success.

Füchse Berlin undefeated at the top of the Handball Bundesliga

Füchse Berlin continued their soaring progress through the LIQUI MOLY HBL with a 37:31 (17:15) win last Thursday evening (19 October 2023) in their top game against MT Melsungen. This means that after their tenth league game in a row, the Berlin team remain the only undefeated team and sit at the top of the Handball Bundesliga league with 20:0 points.

Lasse Andersson was the team’s best scorer, with eleven goals in a packed-out Max-Schmeling-Halle. Together with Hans Lindberg (7/6) and Mathias Gidsel (8), the Danes scored 26 of Füchse’s 37 goals and contributed hugely to the party mood among the enthusiastic home crowd.

The Berlin team will be back on the hunt for points on Tuesday (24 October 2023) for the European League in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Tuesday, 6:45 p.m.). Füchse Berlin’s first away game in the EHF European League takes the defending champions to Ljubuski to face HC Izvidac.

The capital’s team then continues its league campaign on Friday (27 October) against VfL Gummersbach.

TG Saar begins second half of the season with an away win

On Saturday (21 October 2023), TG Saar enjoyed a successful start to the second half of the DTL German gymnastics league season with a safe away win of 54 score points to 18 against Eintracht Frankfurt. The team delivered a united team performance and were able to move up to fourth place in the federal league. Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev rejoined the Saarland team for the first time in their pursuit of points and top scores.

This Saturday (28 October 2023) at 6 p.m. in the Kreissporthalle sees a duel against the reigning German champions from Vinnhorst. With the Ukrainian’s return, the team under coach Eugen Spiridonov once again features a strong lineup and in front of a home crowd will be seeking to safeguard its chances of qualifying for the DTL finals and German championships. We wish all our HYLO® partners much luck and success in their upcoming events

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