In the context of the international tournament of SKN St. Polten, which was under the motto “Basketball meets football”, the boys around coach Thomas Hanreiter appeared again. 16 teams included, including Hannover 96, VfB Stuttgart, DLK Neuss, Sturm Graz, FC Admira, GAK and host St. Polten were able to show their skills in an excellently organized tournament. Exciting scenes, beautiful moves and watch-worthy goals set the competition apart.
As always, Special Violets, well trained by the coaching team of Thomas Hanreiter, Leo Vasile and Lukas Pechacek, managed to keep up well in the international comparison and eventually finished in an excellent third place. “Hannover 96 was unfortunately in a class of its own and too strong for us, but my boys performed very well, and we can be satisfied,” Hannreiter said, moved.
St. Polten’s Special Violet Squad: Oliver Runner, Max Humblestetter, Matthias Babić, Patrick Rogenhofer, Philip Mocchi, Justin Strelko, Gabriel Volkel, Florian Welch, Thomas Lieber, Thomas Melitzer Peter Dostal, Reza Rahimi, Gabriel Elke Schwartz
Surprise trip with Alex Grünwald
In order to honor the outstanding achievements of the past few weeks and months, the coaching staff organized a special event with “Sponsor” Hannes Wlas. For the first time, almost the entire division drove to Hohenau an der March in the combat team bus on Whit Monday, where, upon arrival, there was a joint lunch in the program.
To all players’ surprise, Alexander Grünwald was then waiting to pass on a tip or two for the upcoming missions on a small scale. The special experience after that was the tour of Hohenauer Kellerberg and some of the wine cellars, which took place on a tractor with trailer.
Over coffee and cake, Vlas gives the combat squad’s bus driver a donation of €1,040 to his sick granddaughter, Julina. “As an Austrian who now works in a wheelchair, it was very important that the amount raised in the Austria forums and in the circle of friends was a sign of support from the Austria family. Once again, a big thank you to everyone,” said Vlass.
There was also great joy when Wlas announced a training weekend at the Saint Martin Thermal Baths The scheme and cooperation in this regard are very advanced. “It’s good to see that Private Violets are held in such high regard within the club and that our hard work is also rewarded off the pitch,” said Hanreiter.
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