Surprise victories at the EBT Masters in Greece.
Greek and Croatian success on the sand
The traditional highlight of the Beach Handball club season, the European Beach Handball Tour (EBT) Masters took place on 30-31 May 2009 on the beautiful Greek sea shore at Meliti-Issos.
The best club teams on the beach played a spectacular tournament in front of 1,500 spectators on Saturday and 2,000 spectators on Sunday visiting the courts. The fans and the viewers of the Greek Television watching the Finals live enjoyed great spectacle as the whole competition was played at a very high level.
The winning teams were complete surprise in both the men’s and the women’s competition. In the men’s final, the young and ambitious Detono Zagreb have beaten a more experienced opponent, Balonmano Playa Barbate by 2:0 and took the trophy for the first time in the team’s history.
The biggest surprise, however, was the triumph of the Greek women’s club. Avant Garde closed the tournament by a rare Greek success to much of the satisfaction of the home fans.
The teams showed high quality Beach Handball and at the same time respected the fundamental principle of the game, Fair Play. The men’s team of Camelot from the Netherlands and the women’s team of Detono Zagreb from Croatia were the most remarkable in this respect and they were handed over the Fair Play award at the end of the tournament.
The EHF was represented at the EBT Masters by BC Member Marco Trespidi and Ole Jorstad and EHF Lecturer Sasa Kuburovic.
Final ranking - 2009 EBT Masters in Meliti-Issos
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