SEHA- Gazprom League picked up right where it left off in Round 1. We had some interesting matches during mid-week; starting with the champions Vardar hosting Zeljko Babic’s Gorenje. The Macedonians didn’t fully secure the victory until the second half, despite a great start to the match. It was all Nexe in the second game on Tuesday, as the Croatians were in full control against Vojvodina during all 60 minutes. Wednesday’s action commenced with our Derby of the Round in which Zagreb’s poor run in Presov continued; Tatran won 33:28. Next, it was Celje versus Meshkov, a big second half from the Belarusians saw them take the 3 points against the tough Slovenians. Dinamo and Metalurg closed the Round 2 with an interesting match in which the hosts couldn’t come back from a poor start and an 8-0 lead by Metalurg.
Vardar- Gorenje 32:19 (12:11)
It was a tricky time slot for the match, but Vardar still enjoyed support from over a 1000 fans, even though it seemed like more. Vardar got off to a great start, but Gorenje got back into the match, making it more interesting. However, Vardar were much better in the 2nd half, as the result suggests. Zeljko Babic definitely wasn’t happy with the 2nd half performance from his team. This is Gorenje’s 2nd loss of the season, they need to pick themselves up and try to win the next match.
Nexe- Vojvodina 33:28 (15:11)
Nexe suffered a hard loss against PPD Zagreb in Round 1, but this promising young team definitely showed its true potential in this one. Marin Jelinic, Marko Buvinic and Vedran Zrnic were giving Vojvodina all kinds of trouble during the whole match. Nexe was up by 11 at some point, but a late push from Milan Jovanovic who scored 8 goals in the 2nd half was not enough for them to get back into the match. Over 1200 people came and supported Nexe on Wednesday, but with this kind of showing, many more will want to come!
Derby of the round: Tatran- PPD Zagreb 33:28 (18:18)
PPD Zagreb had never beaten Tatran in Presov, and that trend continued this season. Zagreb started the match well, but their defensive game just wasn’t consistent throughout. Dominik Krok and Bruno Butorac kept finding ways to score and they didn’t stop tormenting their opponents. On the other side, it was Stipe Mandalinic with a spectacular performance that included 10 goals and 4 assists. Tatran was just too much for Zagreb’s leaky defence in this round’s derby, a win that definitely puts a smile on their fans’ faces after the Slovakians failed to qualify for Champions League.
Celje PL- Meshkov 24:29 (15:14)
This defeat was a hard pill to swallow for the Slovenian team. They played pretty well in the first half, but got ran over in the second. Meshkov, led by Ivan Pesic (14 saves) and Petar Djordjic (9 goals), recorded their first SEHA win of the season. Ziga Mlakar was once again a stand-out performer for Celje, but the 2nd half performance just won’t do against a team like Meshkov. It was particularly disappointing for the 1400 fans who showed up and supported their team, but there is a lot more games left in the season, surely Celje will be better than this.
Dinamo- Metalurg 20:25 (9:16)
Streliste Hall had been anticipating this moment for quite a while. There is definitely something about this young and vibrant Dinamo team that stands out. They had won their debut match against Vojvodina, their main national rivals, but this time they weren’t good enough. Metalurg was better since the start, but Dinamo didn’t give up. Let’s not forget that they played two matches in Lisbon against strong Benfica the past weekend, matches the definitely took its toll on this team. Still, they look promising at the start of the season, and they have the whole city of Pancevo behind them.
A total of around 6,500 fans attended the matches of Round 2. We appreciate your continuous support and we hope to see more fans each round. SEHA- Gazprom League is already back on Friday, 8th of September, get ready!