Adrian persch: 300 kilometers for the wolves

When the EC bad kissingen (3./23) will not meet until this weekend (friday, 19.30 o’clock) and finally at home (sunday, 6 o’clock) to the EV moosburg (8./9), it’s all still at stake for the wolves – namely promotion to the bavarian league. Only the first three in the interlocking round are promoted. Relegation from the bavarian league, on the other hand, is already sealed for EV moosburg. The team around coach bernhard englbrecht broke a negative series during the dovetailing round the neck: six defeats in succession love moosburg on the last place slip off. A series of five defeats in the preliminary round had already put the EV at the bottom of the bavarian league with a total of only seven wins and 19 losses. In the meantime, moosburg had agreed "by mutual consent" separated from trainer dimitri startschew. Former landshut national goalkeeper bernhard englbrecht took over the post. "The fact that moosburg is last doesn’t mean a thing", says wolfe chairman michael rosin. "They didn’t play in the bavarian league for nothing."

From passau to nurnberg

Adrian persch also sees it that way. The 24-year-old forward of the kissinger wolfe warns not to underestimate the opponent. "Everyone who comes from the bayernliga can play ice hockey. It will certainly not be easy", he says. But he is sure: "if everyone delivers his performance, nothing more could go wrong." Since this season the passau native plays for the wolves. "I got into field hockey through my older brother and the nearby ice rink in passau," says persch, says persch. "I have liked ice hockey from the beginning." From passau he came through his school to nurnberg to the young ice tigers. He found a job in the public service of the city of nurnberg and has been living there ever since. How did he come to the kissinger wolfen??

"I had to take almost two years off due to injury. Before that i was in habfurt and had heard about bad kissingen. I offered myself there and trained with them." Player-coach mikhail nemirovsky was happy with the 24-year-old, and so adrian persch has been playing and coaching with the wolfen since this season. He still lives in nurnberg, has a commute of 150 kilometers – and drives 150 kilometers home after every training session and home game. A great burden for him? " At the times of the day I go, it is relaxed. But in the long run, coming home late naturally gets to you", says persch, who starts work at 7 a.M. In the morning. But he is happy to do it for the sport of field hockey and the team: "it’s been a great six months, i’ve met new people and we have a great team." And a little craziness is part of being an ice hockey player, as persch says.

Respect for persch’s attitude

"Adrian is a good team player who never makes a fuss", says his coach mikhail nemirovsky. "I have great respect for him because he is never dissatisfied and always accepts his role." That’s exactly the kind of person he needs in the team. "Mikhail always tries to get the best out of the team", says adrian persch about the player-coach. "We are adjusted before each game by him, have a game plan and we have to stick to it. We all want to achieve something."

The best were of course two victories on the weekend against moosburg. All players are fit, only christian masel is still a question mark. "I will be happy if the hall is really full again on sunday. It might be the last game of the season, and the team deserves all the support they can get for their performance", says wolfe chairman michael rosin. On friday, the fans have the opportunity to travel to the away game in a bus paid for by the sponsors. Departure is at 15 o’clock at the ice rink.

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