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HUNGARIANS DECIDING CROATIAN CHAMPIONSHIP

0030 slavljeToday marks the start of the last Croatian championship tournament, Zagreb Open, after which we will know the champions for 2016. While it is all clear in the men's division, it's going to be a true spectacle when it comes to women. Three teams are fighting for the title, and there are also four great Hungarian teams and every one of them can eliminate one of ours from the race. Just to remind you, the defending champion in female competition is BHC Dubrava.

We have 15 men's teams enlisted for Zagreb Open. There are 3 groups with teams from Croatia, Serbia and Hungary. Only theory can take away the chamionship from Detono Zagreb and there is even less chance of someone to take the silver away from us, BHC Dubrava. Detono and Dubrava have played three EBT tours in which they have played the final each time and proved that they are a bit ahead everybody else. Four teams can win the bronze medal- Sesvete, White Boys, Sokol and Čakovec. Our team is placed in group B together with a Hungarian team OVB Dabas Beach Boy'z, KRP Dugi Rat and Sesvete Centro Team, with whom we open the tour.

A neck to neck battle is fought between Dubrava and Detono to win the female cup, with ŽKRP Kontesa Nera waiting for their mistake. Each of those 3 teams is placed in a different gropu together with 3 more teams. Our girls will start to defend the title in group A against Chemo Profili Zagreb and two exellent Hungarian teams: OVB Beach Girls and Multichem Szentendrei NKE Junior which are consisted of junior national team members. It is worth mentioning that the finals will be broadcasted by Arena Sport TV which is a huge achievement for our sport and a motive to further development.

IVANIĆ OPEN STARTS WITH A WIN

0061 cureWe had opened the tournament in Ivanić Grad, the second tour in the championship, with a win over team BHC Čakovec in women's category. On the first day, on Friday, our teams had no scheduled matches, while today, we'll play almost all of them. It is nice to see a big turnout, especially in female competition with eight teams, and one of them beeing from abroad. The boys will have eleven teams divided into two groups.

Other than the forementioned match with Čakovec, our girls will play today the two remaining group matches. In 13h, in a rerun of last weeks final, against ŽKRP Kontesa Nera and in the last group match against Dangeorus team. In group B we will see Detono Zagreb, Sovice, Sesvete and a polish team Reflex AZS AWF Poznan. In the "men's departement" we have been set in group B together with BHC Čakovec, Sokol, Chemo Profili Zagreb and the junior national team. Also, boys will play today a match against Croatia (A-team) who is preparing for the World Cup in Hungary. Ivan Dumenčić, the captain and the coach of our female squad had this to say: "The tournament in Ivanić could define the standings overall in the championship. I must say I did not expect such a well played tournament regarding girls considering we were missing some key players. If we could maintain that level I think we would have one hand on the trophy allready. Still, we have to be fully aware that Detono and Kontesa Nera will be even more motivated to beat us after what happened in Čakovec, each from a different standpoint. There is also a polish team we know nothing about and therefore do not know what we could expect. The boys have set the goal this year to win the campionship. An optimistic goal. Of course we are not the favourites, but after playing very well in the Jarun Cup and Čakovec Open, although small, we have a chance. But for that to happen we need to consecutively beat great teams such as Sesvete, Sokol and White Boys in order to even have a shot to beat Detono."

GIRLS WIN ČAKOVEC OPEN, BOYS ONE SHOOTOUT FROM THE GOLD

0060 cakovec u goluAfter the finish of the first tournament in this years Croatian championship series we can be pleased with the results, although not completely because the men's goal was to win 1st place. Still, with girls winning 1st place and boys coming in 2nd we can say that the tournament in Čakovec was a success. Considering we won both the female and male MVP awards you can also say the tour was exellent on a personal level. Sandra Dandić is the best female player of Čakovec Open and Drago Prka, making a fenomenal come-back after a one year break from beach handball.

Our boys squad, encouraged by great results lately, planned to attack the very top in Čakovec. Throughout the whole cup they looked prepared for that and have reached the final with only one lost set. In the group they won against BHC Sesvete, Sokol, BHC Čakovec II and Chemo Profili Zagreb. Our quarter final adversary was Centro Team, a young team and the semi final one was Sokol. In the final against Detono Zagreb we played an exellent game. The first set went to Detono, but only after the golden goal, while the second to us. The shoot-out was decided with a save by the Detonators David Henigman. Our goalkeeper Tin Badžek has this to say regarding the tour: "I have mixes emotions about the tournament. In one way, we only lost a single set in the whole cup (considering the one in the final was lost after a golden goal) and I'm really proud of that but on the other hand I'm very sad to lose the final in which we were not out-played."

In the female tournament, four teams played the league on the first day. A bit surprisingly, considering the changed squad in which they never played before, they had won all three games, although two only after shoot-outs. On the second day our girls played great. In the semi-final they beat Sesvete with 2:0 and in the final, also with 2:0, Kontesa Nera which beat Detono in the semi's to everybody's surprise. The MVP, Sandra Dandić, had this to say: "We had played each game without any sort of pressure, with mutual support and assistance and won the gold deservingly so. I am also very happy to see new teams in which you can see great potential to play better and more competitive beach handball. I am proud to play for Dubrava and can't wait for new challenges in the future."

Next weekend the Ivanić Grad Open will be held. We hope we will have more good news to report after that.

CROATIAN CHAMPIONSHIP STARTS IN ČAKOVEC

0038 PRVAKINJEThis weekend in Čakovec starts the first tournament of the Croatian championship. After one year the tournament returns to the northern-most croatian city. After that, the championship will be played in Ivanić Grad and Zagreb. Our female squad is the reighning champion while the boys will try to better than last years 3rd place. In Čakovec we will see nine men's and four female teams.

Besides the champion, BHC Dubrava, on the tournament will play croatian the most successful team Detono Zagreb, the oldest team ŽKRP Kontesa Nera and the newly formed BHC Sesvete team which proved to be a worthy adversary in the Zagreb league. The league part will be played on Saturday - all four teams will play each other while the knock-out part, the semi finals, will be played on Sunday. The girls will not have their full and the most powerful squad. They will attempt to defend the title without the captain and her substitute Kristina Smiljanić and Iva Ercegovac and also our defensive "wall" Dora Krsnik. Ria Haček has announced the tour which is held in her home town: "First of all, I expect to have fun which is always present within our team. That is the foundation of what we hope to be a new championship victory. I can't wait to get together, and although we are not coming with a full squad, I still think we are one of the favourites".

Nine men's teams will be competing in Čakovec devided in two groups. In group A we will see teams Detono, Čakovec, Centro Team Sesvete and White Boys. In group B we will see BHC Dubrava , Sesvete, Čakovec 2, Sokol and Chemo Profili. The men's tour was announced by our experienced goalkeeper Hrvoje Neumann who is more and more involved in the defense: "Encouraged by a great start this year we come to Čakovec with big expectations. I believe this year might be the most even in the last 6-7 years. Other than the favourites, Detono Zagreb, there are 4-5 teams who can beat every other team so I can't wait for the start". The boys will also be missing some players such as Aladenić, Punčec and Mirosavljević.

ZAGREB LEAGUE

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This Saturday marks the start of the oldest Croatian beach handball competition - Zagreb league. The league was originally founded so that the teams could prepare themselves for the Croatian championship , and also for international duties such as the Masters. We are very pleased to see the expansion of the female league - from last year's two to seven teams this year. Some credit must also go to BHC Dubrava beacuse for the first time we will have two senior female teams. On the men's side eight teams will fight for the title , one of them is BHC Dubrava. The title defenders are Detono Zagreb in men's and BHC Dubrava in women's competiton.

Both of our first teams will play without help of few standard players so we don't expect big results. This will be good opportunity for our backup players to show what they can do.

The system is league + knock-out. Through the league every team will play against all the other teams as in a one big group and then the best four teams by points will play the semi-finals. The league will be played in the following weekend , while the semi-finals will be played on the 29th of May , 2016.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

On the 3rd of March we recieved an e-mail from the EHF in which it calls all EBT Masters Finals teams to send in their applications. It also instructed the other teams to send in their applications aswell. We, as a club , feel that our team deserved to participate in that tournament, both with quality and the results , so on the 4th of April we had also sent our application.

We corroborate this with the fact that our team is the Croatian champion and the winner of all four tournaments it has participated in ( Ivanić Open , Balaton Open , Zagreb Open , Ivanić CRO Finals ). These tournaments are also the single condition to compete in the Masters. In the end we finished 9th by EBT points , but as the country can have only one participant , we we did not make the top 10.

Eventually, due to cancellation of some teams (which by points finished 12th and 17th) , on Tuesday, April 4th we recieved information that our application was accepted. Also,in the same e-mail,which was sent on thirty different addresses,there was also a group seed and the tournament schedule in which was also our club's name. Because of limited amount of time,just 45 days,we began organising the voyage for the players and staff and sorting the rest of logistics such as discussing with potential sponsors and searching for accomodation. On the following day, April 6th,we recieved an e-mail in which the EHF simply states there has been a mistake and without any further explanation informs us that our team is now out of the tournament and that a Netherlands team Paksoft Camelot will compete.

Due to this situation, we believe that the integrity of the EHF as a serious handball assotiation has been compromised. With their actions they have made a mockery out of a competition as serious as the EBT Finals. But,to us even more important, damage was done to our reputation which is something we can not tolerate. Beside our reputation, our credibility was also damaged. We believe this may deminish our chances searching for sponsors in the future and therefore also have financial effects. Finally,damage was done to Croatian beach handball in general, which is one of the flagships of the sport.

Today we sent a memo to the EHF in which we expressed our dissatisfaction with the beach handball comitee and that we seek answers on how this situation even occured. BHC Dubrava will continue to achieve great results on the field and through them, get a new chance to compete in tournaments such as the EBT Masters Finals and the Champions Cup.Regards,
  Beach handball club Dubrava


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