Croatian cadet handball team wins gold medal
- by croatiaweek
- in Sport
The Croatian men’s cadet national handball team has won the Mediterranean Championship. In the final tournament hosted by Tunisia over the past five days, the Croatian team defeated France 39-32 in the final and won the competition without any defeat.
From the very beginning, the young Croatian players appeared confident and believed that they were a better team than France. The brilliant young coach Ivan Dragić kept some cards hidden in the game played in the group stage, which ended in a 23-23 draw, as Croatia had already secured a place in the semifinals.
In the semifinals, Ivan Dragić’s team defeated Tunisia 28:22, while France reached the final by winning against Montenegro 32:12.
Croatia not only won the gold medal but also the MVP of the tournament was Berislav Antonio Tokić. The ideal lineup also included right wing Petar Šprem and Luka Bakula.
Croatia beat Romania, Egypt, Greece, Spain, Tunisia and France during the tournament.
“We showed exceptional strength and character even in moments when we maybe did not play our best, and I think in the end, the width of our bench, or better rotation compared to France, saved us. We are very happy because winning against Spain, France, Tunisia, and Egypt in one tournament is not easy,” said coach Ivan Dragić.
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- ANTUN ŠARIĆ – RK RUGVICA
- MIHAEL BARTOLIĆ – RK RUDAR RUDE
- LEO BRANKO SUNAJKO – MRK SESVETE
- IVOR VIDOVIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
- MARIN MILOŠEVIĆ – RK KOPRIVNICA
- PETAR ŠPREM – RK PPD ZAGREB
- LORIS HROMIN – RK ZADAR 1954
- STJEPAN JAVORČEK – RK NEXE
- FRANKO SKAZLIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
- MARIO VRGOČ – RK SOLIN
- FRAN MARTINKO – RK RUDAR RUDE
- BERISLAV ANTONIO TOKIĆ – MRK TROGIR
- JOSIP TOMIĆ – MRK SESVETE
- BORNA MARUŠIĆ – RK IVANČICA IVANEC
- MARKO GRUBIŠIĆ – RK PPD ZAGREB
- STJEPAN GAJŠAK – RK PPD ZAGREB
- TOMA LUČIN – RK RIBOLA KAŠTELA
- ANTE LASAN – RK MAKSIMIR PASTELA
- IVAN DRAGIĆ, COACH
- MARKO GOTAL, ASSISTANT COACH
- NIKOLA GOLUB, CONDITIONING COACH
- FRAN NASIĆ, PHYSIO
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