The wochenende has landed and I couldn’t be more thankful. A rainy week with nothing more than a few Freizeitliga and Kreisliga games meant that I had to endure 4 whole days without going to a game. This is a difficult one for me to cope with, I must admit.
This weekend sees a full schedule of fixtures across the leagues and should enable me to get to 3 or 4 games across the 6th and 7th tiers.
The action begins tonight at the Mommsenstadion as Tennis Borussia Berlin welcome SC Staaken for a BerlinLiga game. TeBe will be keen to continue to build upon the bright, early form of this season against a Staaken side who have not really got off to the start that they would have hoped for. TeBe currently sit in 5th place in the league and are only a few points off of the lead. A win tonight will really send out a statement of intent to the rest of the league and will put them 3rd before the rest of the teams have kicked a ball this weekend. Staaken currently lie in 12th and have only managed the one win this season so far. They’ll be aware that the Mommsenstadion has not been an easy place to come for away sides over the first 4 games but will be encouraged by TeBe’s ability to throw away leads and end up drawing games. The game tonight kicks off at 19:00pm and will be taking place at the Mommsenstadion (Nearest S-Bahn: Messe Sud)
Tomorrow, I’ll be taking a look in to the 7th tier for only the 2nd time since I’ve lived here and that will be to see last weekends Berliner Pokal “giant killers”, FC Internationale in their Landesliga match against Mariendorfer SV. I don’t know a great deal about either side but am aware that Internationale were last weekend able to brush aside a Stern 1900 side who are hotly tipped for the BerlinLiga this year. They won this game 2-1 and will be in good spirits going in to tomorrow’s game. On paper, this looks like quite an evenly matched affair with Internationale currently sitting in 6th place on 7 points and Mariendorfer lieing in 7th with 6 points next to their name. The match kicks off at 13:00pm and takes place at the Monumentenstrasse Sportplatz (nearest S-Bahn: Julius-Leber-Brucke or Yorckstrasse).
Sunday, sees the possibility of a 2 game BerlinLiga hop around the far eastern areas of the city. The fun starts at 12:00pm at as Koepenicker SC face Sparta Lichtenberg in an East v East battle. Koepenicker and Sparta were two of the sides that came up from last years Landesliga and have both managed to start strongly, overcoming any perception anyone might have had that the jump up between the 2 tiers could provide any sort of challenge. This is a real top of the table clash as it stands as 2nd place take on 3rd place. Surely this is, on paper, the game of the weekend in the BerlinLiga and the points, whoever they go to, could prove pivotal even at such an early stage of the season. The home of Koepenicker SC is at the Wendenschlossstrasse Sportplatz which is easily accessed from S-Bahnhof Koepenick by taking tram number 62 to Segewaldweg.
Straight after this game, it is possible to continue on the number 62 tram to see the league leaders, Eintracht Mahlsdorf in action against VfB Hermsdorf. Mahlsdorf have been surprisingly good this season and currently sit 3 points clear at the top of the division. They looked very organized in the match I saw them play in earlier this season and I look forward to seeing them again. Their standing in the league is testament to their goal difference, they’ve scored 18, conceding just 3 in the process so we should expect some home goals. Hermsdorf currently sit in mid-table and taking their size and budget in to account, they will be happy with the start they’ve made and will be looking to better last season’s effort of 9th place and remain in the BerlinLiga for the 16th year running. The game takes place at the Sportanlage am Rosenhag near to Melancthonstrasse in Mahlsdorf and kicks off at 15:00. It is possible to take the number 62 tram from Segewaldweg near to the KSC stadium and make a direct, 30 minute journey to S-Bahnhof Mahlsdorf which is a short walk away from the stadium.
So, whatever games you end up at this weekend, in whatever city you are in, I sincerely hope you enjoy yourselves. I know I will. I also look forward to the barrage of grammatical corrections and changes of stadium and corrections on road names, game locations and league positions. All of this is very welcome and gives me a stark reminder that other people actually do read this dross.