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1ST AND 2ND PLACE IN IVANIĆ FOR DUBRAVA

0075 ivanic2017sviThe second tournament of the Croatian championship in Ivanić grad brought us good results. The mens team won their first tournament after 2014., also held in Ivanić Grad, and the girls were second, stopped by Kontesa Nera.

After the Zaprešić quarter-final mishap the men's team desperately needed a good result so they keep the Final 4 hope alive. And that result couldn't be better. On the first day, in the group, we had beaten Minden, Chemo Profili and Sesvete 2 and the only loss came from Detono after a shootout. In the quarter-final we were better than Čakovec and the semi-final was a real thriller. The first set was lost in the last minute, after being in the lead for 9+ minutes. We entered the last minute of the second set with 3 goals behind. We scored and got close to just one goal just to get the possession back with Sesvete beeing taken the ball due to not shooting in a clear chance. In the very last seconds Dumenčić scores the winning goal. In the shootout the hero was the goalkeeper Grahovac saving all three shots. In the final Detono awaited, the team who we hadn't beaten from 2014. In the last three finals our team played (Jarun Kup, Čakovec Open, Ivanić Open) Detono won every time. This time, with excellent defense played by Semren, Smolković and Begonja and offensive nightmare Semren was (18 points in the final), we win the first set 26:20. In the second set we lack concentration and Detono wins 21:16. In the shootout it took only one save from Badžek due to scoring all the shots. The final goal was scored by Bašić.

The girls kept their finals streak going, streak going since 2013., the last year they hadn't played one. This time they were beaten by Kontesa Nera which completely deserved the win. The spotlight in the final match was taken by the two goalkeepers - Budić (KN) and Hajduk (Dubrava-11 saves) which resulted in a very few number of points scored. However, Kontesa Nera had more concentration in the end. Detono placed third and Sesvete fourth.

Before the Final 4 there is just one more tournament, Zagreb Open held on 1st and 2nd of July after the European championship.

GIRLS TOOK FIRST PLACE IN ZAPREŠIĆ

cure 009The female team of BHC Dubrava has won the first tournament in the Croatian championship - Zaprešić Open. In a very exciting final, after a shootout, in which we managed to score our third one point shot, we were better than the team of Kontesa Nera. Besides the trophy, two of our players were elected in the Best team of the cup - Ivana Benko as pivot and Kristina Smiljanić as the right wing.

Girls reached the final with a maximum number of points and just one lost set. In the semifinal they had beat Detono Zagreb with 2:0. It was the same score the group against Zaprešić and Sesvete, and the only team to take a set against us was Garden.

Our male team has falled flat in the most important game of the cup, the quarted final, and has seriously compromised our goal, the Final 4 in Varaždin, held in mid-July. After a good start with three group wins against Chemo profili, Zaprešić and the Junior national team of Croatia. In the quarter final we encountered the second team of BHC Čakovec and were astounded by an impeccable team. Although nothing managed to go in our favor their win was absolutely deserved.The cup was won by Detono, Sesvete were send and Čakovec third. Next weekend is a chance to fix things as the second tournament which will be held in Ivanić Grad.

CROATIAN CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 1: ZAPREŠIĆ OPEN

0074 ženski dres s ledjaWith the tournament on Zaprešić's lake Zajarki starts the new Croatian beach handball championship in which the title defenders are Dubrava in women's competition and Detono in men's. This year's championship brings a new competition format. After three tours in Zaprešić, Ivanić Grad and Zagreb the best four teams will compete in the Final 4 held on the 14th and 15th of July in Varaždin.

In the women's cup there will be eight teams divided into two groups. Dubrava will start their second straight title defence from group A where they will encounter the teams of Sesvete, Garden and the junior national team of Croatia. Kontesa Nera, Detono and Zaprešić Will play in group B. In the men's part twelve teams are divided into three groups. Dubrava is in group C with Chemo profili, the junior national team of Croatia and the hosts, Zaprešić. Before the start of the championship Ivan Dumenčić had this to say: "Considering the new format this will be a very interesting championship. However, in both competitions, we seek to win every tour, and we have teams capable of that. Still, the crown of the cup will be the Final 4 in Varaždin and I hope we will come there in optimal form so that girls defend the title and the boys do what we have not been able to - dethrone Detono."

GREAT SEASON OPENING FOR PANTHERS

0073The 10th annual Jarun Kup, organised by AKRP Zagreb, has ended. The hosts managed to provide an excellent tournament consisted of top of the line domestic and foreign teams in both male and female competitions like every year so far. In the end we can be pleased with the result and the quality of beach handball displayed which is a great morality boost at the start of the croatian championship.

Our mens team has won the bronze medal with a score of 5 and two. You could make a case that our team played a sort of a european championship considering some of our adversaries were complete national teams. We ended the group on the 2nd place, beeing defeated by Detono Zagreb and winning against Oroshazi Hir Sat (Hungary), Libra tehničar and Albena beach Bulgaria (Switzerland). In the quarterfinals we won against NOR Beach from Norway and in the semifinal we lost. Danish Hshop was better in the shoot out. In the bronze medal match we managed to beat BHC Sesvete. The tour was won by Detono Zagreb and our Drago Prka was the best pivot.
Dubrava team: Badžek, Grahovac, Prka, Smolković, Vukasović, Dujmić, Bašić

Girls came to the tournament without any imperative regarding the result but still displayed excellent game, as good as last two years. Top defense and a patient attack proved to be the key to success on this years Jarun Kup. Girls were also 2nd in the group behind Szentendrei NKE against whom they lost 2-0. That 2nd place led them to dutch OHC 01 in the quarterfinals. They won 2-0. In the semifinal we encountered Detono Zagreb. The detonators proved to be very hard to crack in the 1st set, which we won by a single goal, 17-16. In the 2nd set our girls played on a higher level which resulted in an easier set, 23-12. We seeked revenge in the final but eventually we falled short. Although winning the 1st set, our 7th meeting was won by Szentendrei for the 5th time by more concentation during the shootout. Šamarinec and Bukovina were named in best team of the tournament
Dubrava: Bukovina, Čurek, Smiljanić, Haček, Šamarinec, Prevendar, Bušić, Ercegovac

GROUP DISTRIBUTION FOR JARUN CUP

0072 kugliceBeach hanball club Dubrava found out opponents at first croatian beach handball tournament - Jarun Cup 2017, Tournament will be held from 28th April to 1st May on ŠRC Jarun courts and organized by ABHC Zagreb. We didn't have luck with so our teams expect tough matches. BHC Dubrava will participate with one male and female senior team and this are groups for the tournament:

MALE TOURNAMENT:
Twenty teams devided in four groups. Two best teams from each group are going to quarter final. BHC Dubrava will play in group C together with Detono Zagreb, Oroshazi Hir-Sat (Hungary), Albena Beach Bulgaria (Switzerland) and Libra tehničar.

group A: Chemo Profili Zagreb, Nor Beach 2 (Norway), White Boys, AKRP Zagreb, KRP Nevažni
group B, Čakovec, Sokol, Minden, Sesvete 2, Nor Beach 1 (Norway)
group C: Sesvete, Cassino Gaeta (italy), Hshop (Denmark), Rovinj, Camelot (Holland)

FEMALE TOURNAMENT:
Eleven teams devided in two group. Group A will have 6 teams and group B five. BHC Dubrava will play in group A together with BHC Sesvete, Szentendrei NKE (Hungary), Pyrki Poznan (Poland), YAC Cro 2 and Olympia 2020 (Switzerland). In group B are teams OHC '01 (Holland), Detono Zagreb, Kontesa Nera, Chemo Profili Zagreb and YAC Cro 1

EUROPEAN BRONZE FOR BHC DUBRAVA

0070 dubravasice na podijuBeach handball club Dubrava is now officialy the third best club in Europe. Our girls did a fantastic job in the four days of the Champions Cup with six wins and two losses, which was enough for the bronze medal. This is the clubs single greatest success, a club which was formed merely six years age now is in the european elite. The bronze is well deserved; the last two matches were also our best, and with a bit of luck, I could be writing a different article- about silver or even gold.

In the semifinal our girls played a home team, Deporte y Empresa Clinicas Rincon. It was a great match against a team who has in their roster several spanish national team players, which are the world champions. The start went to Rincon and with 6 minutes in they were leading 17-10. in that period our panthers did not have an answer for a very diverse play of the opponents. However, after a time-out and a change in tactics we see a different Dubrava and that resulted in a 9-0 series with a score 19-17 for Dubrava. Rincon, in their final attack, equalize the score leaving Dubrava with an attack for victory in the first set. However, Lamas Rodriguez saves the shot from Smiljanić. In the golden goal attack, after getting the ball Rincon misses the goal but the ball bounces of the post and ends up in the hands of their pivot who has no problem scoring. Shocked with the last minute events, our girls have not entered the second set as well as they could. Rincon took the lead of 13-6 and everything pointed to an easy set for them but our girls managed another comeback with 6 unanswered points. Unfortunately, that was all and we had to get ready for the bronze medal match. Barmejo was unstoppable in this match, scoring 16 goals. In our team Smiljanić had 10.

In the bronze medal match we played a dutch team, Camelot, who has been an elite team for a while now. Although dissapointed for not reaching the final our girls played a great offensive match in which they scored a whopping 42 points. In both sets we were in the lead but with no chance of separating more than 4 goals apart exept in the finish of the first set when we had a 6 goal margin. The second set was even closer. The lead was exchanged throughout the set. Our goalkeeper, Simona Hajduk, had some great saves in that time period. In our last attack, with 16-16 on the board, we made a zeppelin, to be specific- Grebenar and Šamarinec made it and brought us the lead. Camelot had the chance to equalize from the right wing but Maus De Borst misses the net. She was the most dangerous player for our goal,scoring 14 points. In Dubrava, Lucija Kelava scored an astonishing 25 points, almost 60% of our goals.

In the final, the home team Rincon from Malaga won the championship after a shoot-out against Hungarys Multichem Szentendrei. Right after the match we talked to two players. The team captain, Kristina Smiljanić, had this to say: „We´re happy, we promised ourselves the medal and we are coming home with one. Some bitterness remains after losing the semifinal because we felt we were good enough to win throughout the match but we cracked a bit under the pressure. From the start we played our best beach handball to date but a bit more luck lacked to win the gold. However, we leave with a medal and a wish that we return next year and try to make a step further. Once again, congratulations to all the girls.“

Our goalkeeper, Simona Hajduk, was also delighted: „We regret for the missed final, but after that defeat we managed to keep our heads high and take the medal which we wanted. Congratulations to the girls who showed true caracter because it wasn´t easy playing just an hour and a half after beeing so close to the final match. Thanks to all of them and thanks to the ones who couldn´t go with us but we know they were with us over the internet. Smola (the coach) did a great job, just like Baško (physio) aswell as Duma who was with us all the time. Now itśs time to celebrate this success accordingly.“

It brings us great pleasure having one of only three individual awards. Lucija Kelava had a great tournament playing a wing scoring 120 goals in 8 matches (15 per match) and took the Best scorer award by a large margin. Jennifer Gutierrez is the MVP and Agnes Kokai the best goalkeeper. In the mens competition the winners are also from Spain. The new champion is Club Balonmano Playa Ciudad de Malaga. In the final they had beaten russian Ekaterinodar after a shoot-out. In the bronze medal match Hir-Sat from Hungary won against polish AFP Plock with 2-0.


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