They did it!
Yet another season of SEHA – Gazprom League has come to an end! Six-year old now, SEHA League has reached another peak of the season. And with each peak of the season arrives the Final 4 tournament…
This year we visited Brest, the home of Meshkov Brest who were our F4 hosts for the season.
On the weekend of the Final 4, Vardar and Telekom Veszprem managed to take the first day’s wins and enter the gold medal fight, while PPD Zagreb and Meshkov Brest had to comfort themselves with the only option they had left – and that was the opportunity of chasing the bronze.
Meshkov Brest and PPD Zagreb stepped on the court to fight the bronze. In front of the home crowd, the amazing fan organization Unia, Meshkov Brest dominated over the Croatian champion for the whole 60 minutes taking the 3rd place, leaving PPD Zagreb finishing fourth as their final placement of the season.
In the final fight, Vardar managed to dethrone the two-time SEHA League winners and the current European vice champion, Telekom Veszprem! In the final match classic, Telekom Veszprem vs Vardar, the Macedonian champions and the first-placed in this season of SEHA – Gazprom League finally ‘re-grabbed’ the two season awaited crown. 2012, 2014 and 2017 make Vardar the record champions of SEHA League!
Four players of the Best 7 and the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Final 4 SEHA – Gazprom League 2017: Vardar Skopje did not only win the trophy, but imprinted the All Stars most. Spanish centre back Joan Canellas was announced tournament MVP, in addition Timur Dibirov, Vuko Borozan and Ivan Cupic were awarded in the Best 7. Runners-up Telekom Veszprem were represented by three players, third ranked team of Brest by one.
The Best 7 of the tournament:
Goalkeeper: Mirko Alilovic (Telekom Veszprem)
Left wing: Timur Dibirov (Vardar)
Left back: Vuko Borozan (Vardar)
Centre back: Joan Canellas (Vardar)
Right back: Dainis Kristopans (Meshkov Brest)
Right wing: Ivan Cupic (Vardar)
Line player: Andreas Nilsson (Telekom Veszprem)
Best defenders: Laszlo Nagy (Telekom Veszprem)
MVP: Joan Canellas (Vardar)
Overall SEHA Gazprom League 2016/17 top scorer: Blaz Janc (Celje) 120 goals
Outside the handball spectacle
Besides the astonishing handball clashes, fans enjoyed the real spectacle in forms of opening, closing and medal ceremonies with dancers, trumpeters, singer, cheerleaders and much more.
In the fan zone, Be8player gave away hundreds of prizes for young, but also for the experienced handball knowers. Through the form of handball quiz and with the extremely amazing support and help from the side of our Be8players volunteers, the fan made everyone go home with a new memory and a unique experience. Special thanks go to our Be8players volunteers and everyone that participated!
With the great season behind, we hope to make the next one even better. Stay tuned because the season may be down, but we keep working, which means: we take interesting things coming! 😉