The semifinals of the playoffs in the Croatian League ended as expected. Jug and Jadran Split will play in the final.
Jadran beat Primorje 20:9 in the second match of the semifinals and joined reigning champion Jug, which secured its spot in the final last week with two wins over Mladost (13:6 and 23:11)
2022/23 Croatian League, playoffs, semifinals (best-of-three), 2nd match
Primorje EB – Jadran S 9:20 (2:6, 1:5, 1:4, 5:5) – score in the series 0:2
Primorje EB: Brubnjak 3, Babic 1, Te Riele 1, Muslim 1, Da.Brguljan 1, Cubranic 1, Burburan 1.
Jug AO: Marinic Kragic 4, Zovic 3, Delic 3, Buric 2, Pejkovic 2, Bukic 1, Cagalj 1, Butic 1, Tomasovic 1, Dobud 1, Zilic 1.
Jadran defeated Primrorje 14:6 in the first match in Split. The favorite didn’t leave any chance to Primorje in the second duel either.
Jadran had a 5:1 lead after the first eight minutes in Split. The second game started similarly. Jadran had a 5:1 advantage in the 7th minute. Both sides scored a goal apiece in the last minute of the first period, and Jadran entered the second quarter leading 6:2. Nothing changed after the first break. Primorje’s defense couldn’t find the solution to stop Jadran’s attackers, headed by Jerko Marinic Kragic. A young goalkeeper Dipic was between Primorje’s posts (he replaced the injured first-pick goalie Cubranic)
The visitors, who played without captain Andjelo Setka, built an 11-goal lead (15:4) before the final break. In the last quarter, when everything had been already decided, Jadran’s defense weakened and Primorje avoided a bigger defeat.
Jadran, which finished in 1st place in the regular season, will be the host in the first, third match, and in the fifth game (if played)