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CROATIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL 4 IN VARAŽDIN

0078 final4 varazdinThis friday and saturday in Varaždin we will have our first Croatian championship Final 4. Never before have we had this format, in which the winners are newly crowned champions and therefore competing in the Champions Cup on Canary Islands. The Final 4 will be held on Kapucinski square, a venue made for great atmosphere, and the whole thing will be broadcasted by Arenasport and Sportska TV. The title defenders are Detono for men and BHC Dubrava for women which hopes to see a second straight title defense.

Detono qualified for Varaždin as the team with the most points in the three tournaments played. First places in Zagreb and Zaprešić and second in Ivanić were enough for them to clinch the no. 1 seed. They will play Chemo profili in the semis who had beaten, in a direct match for the Final 4, the team of Čakovec. BHC Dubrava placed third with winning Ivanić, final in Zagreb and with one mishap - eight place in Zaprešić. Our opponent will be Sesvete, our nemesis for a couple of years now. Neumann and Dumenčić will not play but we will do the best we can without them. Our goalkeeper, Tin Badžek said: ˝I am looking forward to Varaždin. It will be, ad least in beach handball terms, a true spectacle with DJs, dancers, commentators and with TV coverage. Also, it will be very interesting from a players and fans perspective due to the Final 4 format and the fact that every team can beat the other teams. I hope we will do our best to replace our marker and our defensive player who are missing. Although I am here, and thats all that matters. YOLO bithes, Tin out.˝ 

The Final 4 will be opened with the first womens semifinal against Detono and Dubrava. Our girls placed second with two finals and one tournament won in Zaprešić. In the second semifinal we will have a match between Kontesa Nera and Sesvete. Kontesa displayed great game this year and with Ivanić and Zagreb won they deserved to be the no. 1 seeded team and the favourite to win the Championship. Dubrava will have a tough task of defending the title. In Varaždin due to personal and other reasons there will not be basically one whole team - Smiljanić, Haček, Krsnik are missing and Lukšić and Perenčević are in Mauricius with the junior national team. Our specialist Dorotea Prevendar said: ˝WE really have a hard task in Varaždin. Due to all the cancellations we have to completely change the concept of our game but I hope we will enter the games determent to win first in the semifinaland then the final.˝

Final 4 starts in Friday in 19.00 with the first women semifinal between Detono and Dubrava and after that boys play against Sesvete

FOUR "PANTHERS" IN NATIONAL TEAM @ EURO2017

0076 duma repkaThe european beach handball, held on jarun lake in Zagreb, started today for the juniors. The defending champions are Spain in mens and The Nederlands  in womens competition. The senior tournament starts in Tuesday and goes on until Sunday when the new king of the old continent will be crowned. For us, its a very big deal to have four representatives on the Euros, Kristina Smiljanić and Simona Hajduk for girls and Ivan Dumenčić and Dario Begonja for men.

 

 

The mens team, as the raining world and four-time consecutive european champion, is the main favourite to win the gold at home. Are boys are in the group with Serbia, Norway, Ukraine, Sweden, Switzerland and the debutant France. The other group consists of Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, Russian Federation, Denmark and Germany.

 

To Ivan Dumenčić this will be the third Euro, with two World Cups and one World Games also played. From every single competition he came back with a medal and he expects to this time aswell: ˝Although we are considered to be big favourites, that will be hard to justify on the court. There are ad least four to five teams who can win gold, but that is also our goal and we do not plan to give it away at home. We only had two weeks to prepare, which is very short, but I hope that will not be a deciding factor.˝

 

The other Dubrava member in the national team is Dario Begonja. After last year when he was crowned world champion, this will be his first Euro: ˝It is a great honor representing Croatia at home, in front of our crowd, and I would like to invite everybody to come to Jarun and support us.˝ Besides Begonja and Dumenčić there were two more members on the squad preparing for the Euro - Drago Prka and Josip Jurić Grgić, but the coach decided to trust in the World Cup winning roster.

 

There are three groups in the female Euro. The team lead by Iva Kanjugović will play against Spain, Greece, Italy and Switzerland in the group. In group A, with the title defenders Hungary, there are also the Netherlands, Russian Federation, Germany and Denmark. In group B there are Norway, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine and France.

 

Kristina Smiljanić, our captain and one of the most experienced players with three competitions behind her had this to say: ˝I expect us to see what works and what doesnt through the test event, and also see how the new players will react, that could be a big plus before the Euro starts. We are not very familiar with the other teams in our group but Spain, as the reigning world champion, is definetly the favourite. We would like to reach the quarterfinal and then everything is possible.˝

 

One of the before-mentioned debutants is our goalkeeper Simona Hajduk. Although she was invited to play before, the ˝regular˝ handball came in the way. ˝Considering this is my first competition I am not very familiar with the teams and their qualities, but knowing some of the players from club competitions, I believe we have a chance for a good result. I hope it will be better than the last two (9th in 2013. And 2015), and maybe even a medal.˝

 

All that is related to the tournament you can follow on the official pages of the EHF, eurohandball.com, or on the FB page Beach handball EURO Croatia 2017.

 

See you on Jarun, Support our players.

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


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