In the end, it was very close: The basketball team in the second division from Jahn Munich’s gymnastics team missed the promotion playoffs by a marginal difference of 0.06. Instead of the Munich formation (1.27 points per game), Don Bosco Bamberg (1.33) qualified according to the league organization’s quotient rule for the elimination matches against the best four teams in the northern season. Jahn Munich would have had to play two catch-up matches, but the league stopped the main round early so as not to get into planning difficulties. For the club, the balance is still positive. “The girls can be proud of fifth place,” Jahn coach Megan Woods said.
For the past three weeks, the team has been shaken by corona infections. “I probably got infected while skiing,” reports Theresa Spatzier, other players apparently during training or elsewhere. The course of the disease was not bad, but there was almost no training. Spatzier had symptoms of a cold, and the infections in her teammates were also mild. But three quarters of the squad eventually fell out – and the decisive game in Würzburg was missed. “If we had won there, we would have been in the playoffs instead of Würzburg,” explains Jahn top scorer Spatzier. According to Munich, the Würzburg women had shown little cooperation in finding the match date and the hope for the end of the season, which then came.
“The team has evolved tremendously over the last six months,” coach Woods said
That the coach and the team are happy with fifth place is related to the starting position last autumn. The Jahn basketball players once again had to make do with a change of staff. Many new players joined, and Woods replaced Markus Klusemann as head coach. “The team has developed tremendously over the last six months,” said Woods, who was enthusiastic about their 14 players.
Jahn Munich recorded 14 wins and eight defeats in a league that regularly competes with twelve clubs, but this time he played with 15 clubs. Some defeats at the start of the season were definitely due to the team having to find each other first. In addition, Woods and her assistant coach Petra Fackler had to deal with the youngest team in the league. Especially away from home, it did not work in the beginning. But quickly a powerful formation was formed – with the reliably accurate throwers Spatzier and Paula Graichen and the distance specialist and playmaker Talena Fackler, but also with the new players. Luxembourg national team player Estelle Muller, Kim Siebert from Bamberg and pointguard Julia Leiner from Stuttgart quickly proved to be reinforcements. Center Leonie Kambach returned after a lengthy injury and also scored reliably. Coach Woods also had staff options on the bench with Constanze Ehrmeier and Spaniard Sandra Holguin. The same goes for the only 16-year-old Melina Aigner, who traveled to Munich from Rosenheim. The youth national player is considered a great talent.
How are you doing in the fall? “I will stay in Munich and continue to play here,” said Spatzier, who would certainly be interesting for a top club as well. She wants to continue her teacher training in Munich. Your teammates have not yet made a final statement about what their sporting future will look like. This often also depends on whether there are vacant university places nearby. Spatzier is 20 years old, most of the other Jahn basketball players are between 17 and 21. The proven youth project can continue next season. The Canadian coach Woods, who was less conspicuous as a speaker but rather acted as a sensitive motivator, will be on the sidelines again, that’s for sure. And maybe next year the league will get another attraction. Following the sporting relegation, German league champions TSV Wasserburg are likely to come to Munich in the future.