The penultimate week of SEHA – Gazprom League in 2016 has been closed! Now, we’re left with only expecting the last 60 minutes in the next week, but until then, how about quick reminder of the past week’s action?
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The 15th week of SEHA Gazprom League began with the kick-off in Varazadin as PPD Zagreb hosted Vardar on Tuesday. In a great 60-minute show, the Croatian champion managed to take the extremely important 3 points from the current leaders of the table with a 28:26 win. Vardar are, however, still on the top position with Telekom Veszprem and PPD Zagreb behind.
After Veszprem left a good amount of points in Croatia, losing to Zagreb and ending the week with a draw in Nasice against Nexe, Sabate’s team simpy had no right for a mistake upon their arrival in Presov. The SEHA League champion did not disappoint, coming back to the winning track celebrating a big win of 18:26 against Tatran Presov at the guest ground.
Wednesday was opened with Izvidjac Central Osiguranje meeting Nexe in Ljubuski. Despite the desire Izvidjac had, the team did not succeed in collecting another 3 points of the season. Nexe celebrated with 27:30 and brought new points to Nasice.
First of the two Thursday’s matches between Gorenje Velenje and Veszprem ended in the guests’ favor. Though Gorenje were on the run and greatly benefited from playing in front of their fans, they did not manage to prolong the winning streak as Veszprem were too much of an obstacle for the Slovenian runner-up. Veszprem grabbed another win ending the match 27:31.
Only less than an hour away, Celje Pivovarna Lasko hosted Metalurg. Managing to win with 6 goals of advantage and the result of 34:28, Celje proved they are still a serious candidate for this season’s FINAL 4.
2 out of 4 best of the last season met in Brest on Saturday. Losing 30:35, Meshkov Brest, who were at the second position of the table ahead of the match against Vardar, are now down by 3 positions as they end the week and the year placed 5th. However, the situation changes from match to match so there is still much to expect…
Saturday was yet another chance for the young squad of Izvidjac CO to prove themselves, and this time against one of the best European teams, Veszprem. Izvidjac succeeded in bedeviling the guests in the first 30 minutes as the teams left for the break with 15:15. However, it was the time for Veszprem to step up their game. The current title holders successfully controlled the last 30 minutes winning 25:31 and leaving Ljubuski with points.
Another match in Slovakia this week needed to decide about the spread of the points between Tatran Presov and Metalurg. The Macedonians took the charge in Presov reaching a high win of 27:33 for the opportunity to chase a higher position of the table at the end of this year.
Nexe and Celje Pivovarna Lasko were the ones to close this week, this time with the new encounter in Nasice. In a Christmas atmosphere, Nexe hosted the Slovenian champion who gather all the strength left to end the year in a positive note. Winning with a significant +9 (26:35), Celje definitely left for the holidays with a reason to celebrate.