The traditional club, which stops playing at the end of the season for economic reasons, won the decisive third semi-final game against city rivals Fivers Margareten in Südstadt on Monday with 35:30 (15:12) and the “best of three” series 2:1. Starting on Sunday, the final against HC Linz is about the sixth championship title in the club’s history, the first for 30 years.
“It’s unbelievable. It could have been the last game for Westwien. Thank God it’s going on,” said goalkeeper Constantin Möstl. West Wien was never behind and from 11:10 (24th) was always in the lead. Thanks to two goals just before the break, the hosts went into the dressing room with a plus of three goals and at the beginning of the second half they pulled away with four goals in a row to 19:13.
The Fivers, who had almost made up an 11-point deficit on Thursday, showed comeback qualities again and managed to catch up thanks to five goals in a row from Marin Martinovic and Marc-Andre Haunold (20:21). But Westwien, led by Franko Lastro (11 goals) and Markus Mahr (9), recovered and now challenges HC Linz in the final, who surprisingly dethroned the defending champion Krems in two games. The “best of three” final series begins on Sunday in Maria Enzersdorf.
“Linz didn’t have such a good season until the play-offs, they were unbelievable there. They rightly threw Krems out,” said Möstl, who is confident of a happy ending. “We have to do exactly what we did against the Fivers: stand well in defence, I have to hold something and we have to score the goals up front,” said Möstl.
Result HLA semi-final – 3rd game (best of three): SG Insignis Handball Westwien – HC Fivers WAT Margareten 35:30 (15:12). Final score in the series: 2:1.
West Vienna in the final against HC Linz.
Game dates of the “best of three” series:
- May 4th (7 p.m.) in Maria Enzersdorf
- 7 June (20.20) in Linz
- June 11 (8:30 p.m.) in Maria Enzersdorf.
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