Mannheim finally land German women’s title via a shoot-out

Mannheimer HC finally got over the line as the runners-up from the past two seasons got the best of Club an der Alster via a shoot-out to become Germany’s women’s champions.

It means they will qualify for next season’s EHL with Alster going into the EuroHockey Club Trophy.

They earned their respective places in the final with MHC defeating UHC 2-0 while Alster were 3-1 winners over Rot-Weiss Köln. 

In a lively first half, Mannheim took the lead just before the big break when Lucina von der Heyde’s flat shot to the right post was guided in by Carolin Seidel for a 1-0 advantage.

Alster fought back in the second half and were only denied an Anne Schröder equaliser by Florencia Habif on the goal line.

And they got an equaliser in strange circumstances as both sides took their time to settle for a penalty corner; Alster took the injection while Mannheim dithered and it led to Katharina Haid deflecting in.

Alster then had a goal disallowed on video review with three minutes left, leading to a shoot-out.

Mannheim had no joy via this method over the last few seasons but this time, they were able to make it happen with Karlotta Lammers in goal keeping out enough efforts while her side nailed four of their shots, allowing Lucia Jiménez to pot the winner.