In the holiday spirit, ten best handball fans from all over SEHA family have been awarded with the signed team jerseys and the ultimate winner was awarded with two all inclusive tickets for SEHA Final 4 in April.
Hundred of photos were posted during the ‘Be8player’ campaign in November and December and the fans had to collect Facebook likes to their fan photos: 10 of them, by the player’s choice, won the signed jersey of their favourite club.
We will start with one of the youngest winner, Jolana Konecna from Presov in Slovakia. Her favourite player is the team captain, Oliver Rabek. She plays handball, but she is also the loudest fan of Tatran Presov. Another team captain is the favourite player of our winner. Niko Medved, captain of Gorenje Velenje is the role model for young Gasper Gorsek who won the signed black and yellow jersey. Gasper has a nice message for his team: ‘Stay strong till the end’. Well, which team wouldn’t like to have such a fan?
Darko Kondev is Metalurg’ choice. Young handball player and fan of Macedonian vice-champion goes to each home match and supports the team. HC Metalurg is the reason why he started to play handball. Celje Pivovarna Lasko also have a big fan: Rok Adam. His favourite memory is the Champions League title 2004. ‘ I was 12 at that time and I remember it like it was yesterday’, says Rok.
Lea Valencak, a 14 year old girl is one of the biggest fans of Nexe and she was pretty excited while receiving the signed jersey. She loves handball because it’s fun and it’s not like other team sports. Another girl, Doris Zeljak, won the signed jersey of PPD Zagreb. Her favourite handball memory: when RK PPD Zagreb in won HC Rhein Necker Löwen in March 2016 in the EHF Champions League and got into quarterfinals even tough it looked impossible.
Faminykh Kseniya Andreevna won the jersey of Meshkov Brest and Ljubo Vukic was assigned to give the jersey to the girl that compares her spirit and character with handball, with emotions, will to win and the heat. Ivan Bunoza won the signed jersey of Izvidjac CO. He posted the sweetest photo: his little boy sleeping in the red jersey. The players unanimously elected his photo as the winning one.
‘Ajde, ajde Vardare’ is one of the most famous Macedonian phrases. Margarita Kolaroska wrote it as a part of her message to her favourite club, HC Vardar. She received her jersey from the team captain, Stojance Stoilov. Her love for handball appeared when she was a little girl and her favourite memory is winning this jersey.
Boglarka Csek was the lucky winner of Veszprem’ signed jersey. ‘Go step by step till the end and we, the fans, will be the 8th player behind you in the hardest moments as well. Let’s go Építők’, says Boglarka. If she had to point out one player, that would be Mate Lekai.
After handing over the jersey, Telekom Veszprem’ had one more thing to do: award the ultimate winner of Best handball fan contest with two all inclusive tickets for Final 4 of SEHA – Gazprom League. Csenge Viraghalmi, another fan of Hungarian team was the ultimate winner. She says it’s a great experience to belong to this handball family.