Basket – Handball – Volley

Handball : l’ESBM dans la cour des grands, encore !

France Bleu Besançon vendredi 13 février 2015 à 23:34

hand ESBM / claire
hand ESBM / claire © ESBM-HANDBALL / esbm-handball.org

Une semaine après leur exploit en coupe de France, élimination du 7è de D1, Tremblay : les jeunes handballeurs bisontins ont de nouveau malmené un autre cador hexagonal, ce vendredi soir, lors de la reprise du championnat de Pro D2. Match nul, 23-23, contre l’actuel 2è du classement : Ivry, club historique du handball français et grandissime favori de la saison !

On connaissait « la fièvre du samedi soir »… Et au Palais des Sports de Besançon, c’est « la fièvre du vendredi soir » que viennent de vivre, coup sur coup, les quelques 2000 spectateurs présents à chaque fois pour voir l’ESBM défier consécutivement deux grosses cylindrées du handball français ! En guise de reprise de la compétition en 2015, après la longue trêve hivernale débutée le 12 décembre dernier : les Bisontins, 10è de Pro D2 , avaient été servis par le calendrier, c’est vrai. Deux affiches de très haut-niveau, à domicile, pour l’ESBM : 16è de finale de la Coupe de France contre Tremblay, 7è de D1 , le vendredi 7 février. Puis, ce vendredi soir : 14è journée de Pro D2 face à Ivry, le 2è du classement et grandissime favori du championnat pour retrouver l’élite quittée l’été dernier après… 57 saisons consécutives de présence et 8 titres de Champions de France , dont le dernier en 2007 (soit le 2ème bilan du handball hexagonal, derrière les 14 sacres nationaux de Montpellier en D1 masculine !).

ESBM / bandeau joueurs - Aucun(e)
ESBM / bandeau joueurs

Les jeunes handballeurs bisontins apprennent et progressent vite !

Et la jeune équipe de l’ESBM, sérieusement rajeunie cette saison avec un peu moins de 23 ans de moyenne d’âge, a donc été plus qu’au niveau de ses illustres adversaires franciliens !

Qualification, 29-27, aux dépens de Tremblay en Coupe de France ! Et une semaine plus tard, ce vendredi soir : match nul, 23-23, contre Ivry . Les jeunes joueurs de Christophe Viennet et Florence Sauval auraient même pu espérer gagner : ils ont fait la course en tête au tableau d’affichage jusqu’au dernier quart d’heure du match, avant d’être menés de 2 buts à 5 minutes encore de la fin. Mais l’ESBM, plus encore en ce début d’année 2015 : c’est du courage, de l’envie, de la solidarité et du talent aussi à revendre  ! Et ce match nul, 23-23, finalement arraché face à l’ogre de la Pro D2 cette saison : plus qu’une frustration, c’est une grande fierté surtout d’avoir ainsi confirmé l’exploit de la semaine précédente en Coupe de France, résume-t-on du côté de l’ESBM.

Les handballeurs bisontins prouvent donc qu’ils méritent sans doute mieux que leur actuelle 10è place en Pro D2, toujours , 5 points devant la 12è et avant-dernière synonyme de barrage pour le maintien. Mais l’humilité reste de rigueur à l’ESBM : pas question, pour l’instant, de rêver plus haut… Même si le Top 5 qualificatif pour les Play Off d’accession en D1 n’est finalement qu’à 6 points à 12 journées de la fin du championnat. Non, chaque chose en son temps ! D’abord le prochain match au programme, le 27 février… Ce nouveau match « bonus » pour les Bisontins qui, en 8è de Finale de la Coupe de France , défieront en Bretagne un nouveau ténor du handball français : Cesson-Rennes, 6è de D1 actuellement. 

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