Regional League

Jug sunk into pool in Belgrade!

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The 9th round of the Regional League has seen the biggest surprise in the competition in the past two seasons. Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) defeated title-holder Jug Dubrovnik!

The match was played in Belgrade. Only one of Jug’s main players missed the match (Maro Jokovic), so few could think that the Croats would come home empty-handed.

The encounter was opened as it was expected. Jug grabbed an early 4:1 lead, but Red Star started climbing back. The home team went ahead in the 18th minute (6:5). The Serbs, led by Dusan Vasic (5 goals this evening), was 8:6 up before the final quarter. Early in the fourth period, they even built a 3-goal lead (9:6 and 10:7). The Croats were shocked, but they recovered and reduced the gap to 1 (9:10). In the middle of the quarter, Milos Maksimovic found the net for 11:9. Marko Macan, the member of the Croatian national team, netted for 10:11 with 2:30 remaining on the clock. The inexperienced home team kept the minimal advantage for a surprising win (11:10).

This was the biggest surprise in the Regional League since February 2017 when Jug lost to Partizan (14:16), also in Belgrade.

Mladost, the league-leader, extended its winning streak to 9 victories. The Zagreb-based team had some minor headaches in the opening minutes of the match against Primorac, played in Kotor. The home side led 2:1 after the 1st quarter. The rivals were tied early in the 2nd period (3:3). After that, Mladost staged a power demonstration and rushed to 10:3 lead two minutes from the end of the 3rd quarter. The Croats didn’t have a hard task to keep the win (13:8).

Jadran Herceg Novi took all three points in Split. The Montenegrins faced POSK, which played very well in the first half. The hosts led 5:4 deep into the 2nd period. Than came Jadran’s series of five consecutive goals The visitors jumped to a 9:5 advantage early in the 3rd quarter. Until the end, they extended the margin of their win to 6 (13:7).

Mornar Split hosted Sabac, which won the Serbia cup a few weeks ago. The home team dominated the first two quarters. Mornar was 4:1 up at halftime. Sabac climbed back and reduced the gap (5:6) in the middle of the last period. The Serbs didn’t manage to equalize. In Mornar’s next possession, Vrdoljak netted his 3rd goal in the match for the final score 7:5.

Jadran Split beat Partizan in Belgrade. The Croats built a 3:0 lead by the end of the 1st period. Partizan came close to 3:4 in the middle of the third quarter. Jadran kept the hosts scoreless in the remaining time, while it scored five goals for a 9:3 win.

Regional League, 9th round

Group A1

Crvena Zvezda 11:10 Jug
(1:3, 3:2, 4:1, 3:4)

Crvena Zvezda: Vasic 5, Maksimovic 3, Bitadze, Sulc, M. Radovic.
Jug CO Dubrovnik: Fatovic 2, Lozina 2, Merkulov 2, Benic 2, Garcia, Raguz.

Partizan 3:9 Jadran S
(0:3, 2:1, 1:2, 0:3)

Partizan: Adzic, Andrejevic, Vickovic.
Jadran Split: Butic 3, Setka 3, Krapic 2, Viskovic.

Mornar 7:5 Sabac
(1:0, 3:1, 1:2, 2:2)

Mornar:Vrdoljak 3, Akrap 2, B. Pavlovic, I. Zivkovic.
Sabac:Bolovic 2, Velkic, M. Jankovic, Vucinic.

POSK 7:13 Jadran HN
(3:2, 2:6, 1:2, 1:3)

POSK: Divkovic 2, Vuleta 2, Bezic, Penava, Borovcic Kurir.
Jadran Carine Herceg Novi: Mijuskovic 4, Spajic 3, Popadic, Obradovic, D. Radovic, Dj. Radovic, Draskovic, Vucurovic.

Primorac 8:13 Mladost
(2:1, 1:6, 1:4, 4:2)

Primorac: Crepulja 4, A. Petrovic, Ivankovic, Grgurevic, Krijestorac.
Mladost: Kharkov 4, Mi. Cuk 3, Milos 2, A. Petkovic 2, Buljubasic, Radu.

1 Mladost (CRO) 9 – 27
2 Jadran HN (MNE) 9 – 21
3 Jug (CRO) 9 – 19
4 Jadran S (CRO) 9 – 19
5 Mornar BS (CRO) 9 – 12
6 Crvena Zvezda (SRB) 9 – 11
7 Sabac (SRB) 9 – 9
8 Primorac (MNE) 9 – 7
9 Partizan (SRB) 9 – 4
10 POSK (CRO) 9 – 3

Group A2

VA Cattaro – Primorje 9:15
Solaris – Nais 14:6
Valjevo Gorenje – Vojvodina 7:11
Zadar 1952 – Budva BR 8:15
Medvescak – Koper Primorska 12:9
Galeb – KVK Radnicki on Wednesday

1 Budva (MNE) 9 – 24
2 Solaris (CRO) 9 – 24
3 Radnicki (SRB) 7 -21
4 Nais (SRB) 9 – 18
5 Primorje (CRO) 9 – 15
6 Vojvodina (SRB) 9 – 15
7 Valjevo (SRB) 9 – 10
8 Zadar (CRO) 9 – 10
9 Medvescak (CRO) 9 – 9
10 Koper (SVN) 9 – 7
11 Cattaro (MNE) 9 – 4
12 Galeb (CRO) 8 – 0

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