Champions without the celebrations

Berlin – Hertha U17s are champions of the U17 Bundesliga Nord/Nordost, which ended prematurely as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. As Hertha remained top of the table for the last five matchdays, Hertha’s Juniors were awarded the title thanks to the quotient rule. Coach Oliver Reiß, who together with assistant Oliver Schröder was presented with the championship pennant, is delighted with the recognition: "We’re really proud of what the team has achieved. We had a lot of U16s with us as well who also featured regularly, so winning the league was by no means guaranteed. The way we embraced the challenge and were constantly improving makes us very proud as coaches.”

Missed highlights

The Blue-Whites would have loved to compete as Nordost champions in the German Championship finals. “Obviously we would have preferred to have played in the finals. Not just because we would have had the chance to achieve even more, but because of how we would have been able to end our two years together. I would have loved the boys to have had that experience,” explains Reiß. Due to the empty fixture list, the team enjoyed an extended summer break. "The uncertainty is what makes it difficult. Even if everything stopped again, if we knew when we’d be back we could plan for that. We have to wait and see,” said Hertha U17s’ coach with a shrug back in July.

Fortunately, they now have that. Plans for the new season include a break from the usual home and away format, with teams instead competing in a single-fixture round-robin tournament. The U17s will begin the campaign on 20th September 2020 away to Holstein Kiel (11:00 CEST), before facing VfL Wolfsburg in the first home again at the Olympic Park on 26th September (13:00 CEST). “We’re ready to give our all next season and make a new start!”