The ladies of the Mannheimer HC had to celebrate their first German championship in field hockey without a bowl, because last year's winner Düsseldorf missed it.
Mannheim – The Mannheimer HC team had every reason to celebrate on June 4, as the ladies were able to win the first German championship in field hockey in their history. During the celebrations, however, the players had to do without the championship trophy, as it was simply no longer to be found by last year's champion Düsseldorfer HC and has not yet reappeared.
Mannheim HC women win first field hockey championship in their history
The women's team of the Mannheimer HC had earned the German championship in field hockey. There was not a single defeat over the entire regular season and they also kept a clean sheet in the playoff games both in the quarter-finals (6-1 and 4-0 against Munich SC) and in the semi-finals against UHC Hamburg (2-0).
In the final, the Mannheim women finally made it exciting again against the club on the Alster, because the lead scored by Carolin Seidels in the 28th minute was countered shortly before the end by Viktoria Huses (57th). So the penalty shootout had to bring about the decision, in which Mannheim kept their nerve in their third final participation and finally won 4-3. However, the celebrations could not be celebrated with the championship trophy.
The players of the Mannheimer HC had to make do with a pennant at the championship celebration. © IMAGO/Oliver Zimmermann
Mannheim celebrates with plate as a substitute championship trophy
The reason for the absence of the championship trophy is to be found in last year's winner Düsseldorfer HC, who have not yet been able to find the trophy. DHC chairman Niels-Ansgar Maisch told the Rheinische Post that everything was "turned inside out" even before the final, but the bowl could not be found. They even called the town hall and the engraver, but no one knew anything about their whereabouts.
At the championship celebration in Mannheim, the players took it with humor and resorted to a pragmatic solution. According to information from NTV, the players helped themselves to the sports home and labeled a restaurant plate with "German Champion". In addition, there was at least the official championship pennant and thus enough utensils that could be held up jubilantly.
The object of desire: The championship trophy at last year's celebration of the Düsseldorfer HC. © IMAGO/Oliver Zimmermann
Dusseldorf promises. if necessary, to get a new championship trophy
Understandably, the lost trophy is highly unpleasant for the Düsseldorfers. "The whole thing is incredibly unpleasant for us. We can only apologize to the Mannheim women," Maisch is quoted as saying by the Rheinische Post, to which he promises to "continue to search at full speed". There were no signs of burglary at the players' dressing room, where the championship trophy was enclosed, according to Maisch.
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Should all the efforts of the Dusseldorf team come to nothing, DHC chairman Misch promises to provide an appropriate replacement. They are already in contact with the league association: "We are the first to look for a solution and hope that the bowl will reappear. Just in the spirit of fair play." (sch)