ERG Iserlohn were heavily beaten in their first two games, away at Porto and at home to Barça Lassa. In those two encounters they conceded 21 goals against the Portuguese team and 15 against the blaugranes whilst scoring just one in each match. It looked as though the German team would be in for a difficult European campaign but their third game of the competition marked a turning point. Jens Behrendt’s team welcomed back their first choice keeper after suspension for the visit of Breganze. The man in question is Patrick Glowka, the German international who helped his country to third place in the European Championships of 2014 and the World Championships the following year.
Since that moment with Glowka in goal, Iserlohn have picked up their best results of the European campaign, His debut coincided with his team’s first point in the competition, picked up in the 6-6 draw with Breganze. In their subsequent games the German side have fallen to honourable defeats, 7-2 away at Breganze and 7-1 at home to Porto. Glowka’s presence has brought balance to a side that also contains quality players such as Sergio Pereira, Jorge Fonseca, Carlos Nuñez and André Costa.
In the season 2013/14 Patrick Glowka spent six months in Barcelona. The goalkeeper was on an Erasmus University exchange studying Business Administration and to keep in shape he trained with the Cerdanyola roller hockey side who are based just outside the Catalan capital. If that was not enough, Glowka returned to Iserlohn every weekend to represent his side in league and European commitments and this weekend he will be action at the Palau Blaugrana against Barça Lassa, a venue he knows well from his visits during his stay in Catalonia.