The SG Flensburg-Handewitt will finish the 2011/2012 season in the Bundesliga in second place. After winning 39-27 (22-16) against TSV Hannover-Burgdorf, the SG will stay in second place for the ninth time since 1996. Moreover, SG coach Ljubomir Vranjes announced that he has extended his contract until 2017. "I'm already looking forward to the next season," the Swede said.
Over the past couple of weeks the SG has made an impression in Germany. In the final home game of the season, the team tried to get off to a quick start to win the necessary points for second place. The offence started well with Tamás Mocsai scoring two quick goals to give his team the first two-goal lead at 5-3. "We have a lot of injured players at the moment," TSV coach Christopher Nordmeyer said. "It's not easy to play against such a good team then."
The home team then continued to build on the lead, extending it to 9-4 and 15-9. Back player Lars Kaufmann scored no less than six goals in the first half alone while Mocsai continued to score against his future club. Both teams did not play with a very convincing defence, allowing a lot of goals before and after the interval. The SG did score much more often though. At 29-19, the home team had the first ten-goal lead but was not done quite yet.
Burgdorf's coach took his time-out while the SG switched goalkeepers, bringing on Sören Rasmussen. He made a quick save and was lucky that Morten Olsen only hit the post. At this point, Flensburg was ahead by twelve goals and kept the lead until the final whistle. Coach Vranjes was happy. "Every player did his bit. It was a perfect season."
After the game, Lars Bastian, Tamás Mocsai and Viktor Szilagyi were given their farewell presents before the fans joined the team to celebrate the final home win.
SG Flensburg-Handewitt – Hannover-Burgdorf 39-27 (22-16)
SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (14 saves), Rasmussen (3 saves; from 43.) – Karlsson, Eggert (8/4), Mogensen (5), Svan Hansen (6), Djordjic (4), Mocsai (6), Heinl, Szilagyi (1), Kaufmann (8), Knudsen (1)
TSV Hannover-Burgdorf: Weiner (4 saves), Domizlaff (27.-30.) – Johannsen (3), Repke (4), Jonsson (8), Lehnhoff, Rydergard, Olsen (10/1), Svavarsson (1), Pollex (1)
Referees: Schulze/Tönnies (Magdeburg/Dodendorf); Suspensions: 8:2 Minutes (Mogensen 2, Heinl 2, Szilagyi 2, Knudsen 2 – Repke 2); Penalty throws: 5/4:3/2 (Eggert hits the crossbar – Jonsson scores on the rebound); Attendance: 5296
Timeline: 1:2 (2.), 3:3 (4.), 5:3 (7.), 9:4 (12.), 10:6 (14.), 12:7 (16.), 13:9 (17.), 15:9 (18.), 15:11 (20.), 16:13 (24.), 18:14 (26.), 21:15 (29.) – 22:17 (32.), 25:18 (37.), 30:19 (43.), 32:20 (46.), 32:23 (50.), 34:23 (52.), 36:24 (54.), 37:27 (56.)