Polo and Harvestehuder THC join Mannheim and Rot-Weiss in men’s final four

Hamburger Polo Club and Harvestehuder THC won game three of their quarter-final series to reach the German men’s Bundesliga semi-finals and keep alive hopes of glory this season.

For Polo, they lost the opening leg a fortnight ago but bounced back to level the series on Saturday against HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim.

It set up a third game decider in which Paul Smith got the only goal in the 43rd minute to put them into the semi-finals and one game away from a first final appearance.

For HTHC, they won a Hamburg derby in game three on Sunday against Der Club an der Alster. Harvestehuder won the the first game 3-2 but lost 5-3 on Saturday to set up the third game decider.

Struan Walker gave Alster an early lead but former SV Arminen man Fulop Lusonci levelled and Thomas Habif netted his first goal of the season to make it 2-1 at half-time. And two Bill Ntuli goals in the last 17 minutes got HTHC into the clear for a semi-final spot. 

They will join Mannheimer HC and Rot-Weiss Köln who took up their semi-final spots on Saturday. Mannheim won two out of two against Berliner HC, winning 7-3 on Saturday; Rot-Weiss were 3-0 victors over UHC.

The final four will take place in Bonn next weekend with Rot-Weiss facing HTHC and Mannheim up against Polo.