Final low point: The last game, the relegation game in Dießen, ended for TSV Otterfing with the second relegation in a row. © Ralf Ruder
In the Waldbeißer podcast of the Heimatzeitung, our reporters look back on the football season. Guest: Dominik Urban from TSV Otterfing.
Landkreis – What the Kicker season review special issue in the Bundesliga is, that's the current Wadlbeißer podcast of the local newspaper. In the current episode, which went online at 6 a.m. today, local sports employees Michael Eham, Markus Eham and Thomas Spiesl look back on the football season of the district teams - from the state league to the A-class. The guest was the Otterfinger department head Dominik Urban, who analyzed the relegation of his club from the district league. Some exemplary excerpts from the conversation.
Markus Eham on TuS Holzkirchen: "Staying in the league was the minimum goal, and that was achieved. However, expectations were higher after the first half of the season. After the winter, Holzkirchen had a hard time getting out. In the end, they got away with a black eye. The national league is incredibly exciting. The level is really good and the league is very balanced."
Dominik Urban on TSV Otterfing: "We had Sauerlach in mind in the relegation round and thought we could do it. Against Sauerlach, the A-youth would have played better, that was the low point (meaning the 1:3 defeat in the first leg of the relegation round - editor's note). In the end, we wanted to set an example for the relegation games with the change of coach. You get into a vortex from which it is difficult to get out again. But that's our way: we don't spend money and want to play with our own people. The relegation is bitter, but we are not going to deregister our teams and play volleyball now."
Thomas Spiesl on SV Miesbach: "Miesbach didn't have any pressure to move up. The trend is going in the right direction, and in the long run, a district town like Miesbach belongs at least in the district league. This year, in the end, there was a lack of defensive quality because the security was no longer there at the back. Nevertheless, the promotion round was really close until the end."
Markus Eham on FC Real Kreuth: "Kreuth wasn't satisfied with the preliminary round, but in the end they caught up. However, Kreuth was aware of the drama of the relegation round from the start and has taken it on. They have created a grown and seasoned Kreisliga team and a good position for the future."
Thomas Spiesl on SG Hausham: "Hausham played a sensational preliminary round. In the promotion round, the grains were a bit out. Hausham is very stable defensively and has exceptional players up front like Lukas Grill. They made full use of their potential in the preliminary round, but the pressure was off in the second half of the season. Hausham's ambition was to keep the league and they made that clear very confidently."
Michael Eham on the new mode: "I see the attempt at the pilot project as a failure. The tenor of all clubs is that they don't want to go on like this. But I thought the mode brought in a lot of freshness and created excitement. As a team, you can't afford to slip up in the first half of the season in order not to slip into the relegation round. Even in the old mode in the district league or in the A-class with Hartpenning, we have always had long journeys. And there have always been teams for whom nothing was at stake after the winter. The new mode comes off worse than it should be, but it still failed."
Markus Eham about the TuS Holzkirchen II: "The descent is a medium disaster. Even if it is presented by the club in such a way that it is not a broken leg. I think that because the A-juniors have been playing very high-class for years, it is now difficult to park the A-juniors, who do not immediately make the leap into the state league, in the district class. From my point of view, the second team has to play in the district league. But there are reasons for the descent and they can also be found in the mode, among other things."
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