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How the coaching duo Sell and Kesselring experienced the Oberliga derby

Congratulations after the game: Maximilian Sell (second from left) congratulates Tim Kesselring on the win.

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Maximilian Sell and Tim Kesselring work together as trainers. In the Oberliga, on the other hand, the two are rivals as players. They now met in the derby.

Rotenburg – Tim Kesselring took a long sip from the wheat beer glass. “It tastes like a derby win,” said the TuS Rotenburg backcourt player. Next to him was Maximilian Sell – actually his trainer partner in the handball A youth of JH Wümme. In this case, the buddy was the rival, because both had previously completed the derby in the handball league: Kesselring for the victorious TuS Rotenburg with 30:28 (13:17), Sell for the promoted TV Oyten. “Unusual”, the defeated found the constellation. “But despite the defeat, I enjoyed it in front of the fans.”

Among the approximately 350 fans in the stands were “their boys”, the youth players from JH Wümme. “I told them before: if they cheer for Oyten, they don’t play the next day. Except for Max, they can celebrate there,” said Kesselring in a good mood. Well, in the end, Rotenburg found themselves embracing each other while the visitors wondered how they were able to let this game out of their hands after a five-goal lead. “It’s a bad feeling. You come home and you have the right to win there. We stuck together as a team. But it’s bitter because everything was still possible two minutes before the end. That hurts even more,” confessed Sell, who learned to play handball in Rotenburg, acted there as a top performer until the B youth and was even allowed to play in the A youth from time to time in the 2017/2018 season – together with, by the way to Tim Kesselring, three years his senior. But then he switched to TV Oyten and is now playing there for the fifth year.

It’s dripping in the Pestalozzihalle

And always greets the marmot … As soon as it rains heavily, the athletes in the Pestalozzi Hall tremble. The derby of the handball league could have been canceled at short notice because it dripped onto the field from the leaking roof. When throwing warm, there was a bucket in front of the touchline as a collecting container on the field. During the game, Daniel Jäger from the handball department constantly knelt next to the spot to keep wiping with a towel and avoiding the risk of an accident. On Saturday, the rain then penetrated through the ceiling in several places – the game of the A youth was canceled, that of the second men was canceled. maf

Incidentally, the derby did not lead to a direct encounter between the “fantastic coaching team” (as Kesselring put it) even though both are at home in the middle of the backcourt. “But we play in different positions in defense,” explained Sell. “In addition, one of us was always on the bench.” In fact: When Kesselring came on in the course of the first half, Sell was not yet given any playing time. When he then replaced (and scored) Noah Dreyer for a few minutes in the second round, the Rotenburger was out again, only to come back in later and even score the last goal of the game (his third) to make it 30:28 with the final whistle.

“It was really a fight. I’ve never seen a nice derby in my life. Derbies are always disgusting,” Kesselring commented on the success. Sell, on the other hand, is hoping for revenge: “There’s still a second leg,” he was already thinking of the game in Oyten on February 5th. Then also with cheek.

Sell ​​on Saturday already in action again

Until then, they will still experience a few games together – as coaches of the A youth. Actually, it would have been less than 20 hours after the derby. Back in the Pestalozzihalle. But Kesselring coached alone on Saturday – until it was canceled because it was dripping from the ceiling. Sell ​​was missing. “He plays for Oytens Zweite and gets game practice,” explained the colleague. But ten sell goals didn’t prevent the 23:43 defeat in the state league at SG Achim/Baden II either.

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