Handball players Sviša from Ivančna Gorica are facing an extremely hot Saturday. On the schedule is a local derby with a newcomer from Škofljica, who returned to the first league scene after 26 long years and has been successfully led by the former Ivanski strategist Sebastjan Obajdin Parfant for several seasons.
The member team of RK Sviš Ivančna Gorica had a great start to this season. After a historic point with Celje, a victory over Dobovo and a draw with Krka from Novi Sad, which also competes in the European competition, Aleksandar Polak’s men are still undefeated at home in the NLB league. They currently have 10 points on their account, and are in fifth place in the standings with Ribnica and Ormož.
The last time the two teams met was in the 4th round of the 2020/2021 season, on the second division floor, when Ivančani won 28:23 in their home hall.
“The last matches were not at the level we want, and we are all well aware of that. Until Saturday, we have to raise the level of play as much as possible both in defense and attack. I believe we are capable of it. The Škofljica team plays very nice and high-quality handball , has a wide selection of players who are perfectly managed. We are aware that we have an extremely difficult match ahead of us, in front of full stands, where little things will decide. We will do everything to keep the points at home.” he spoke about his rival the Ivanish strategist Polakthe first name on the Sviša bench for the seventh season in a row.
This season, Ivančna Gorica undoubtedly lives for handball. This can also be seen in the stands, as Sviš currently occupies an exceptional third place in terms of average attendance at home matches. While the number went up to 650 people in the last home match against LL Grosist Slovan, the organizers are expecting a new record in the history of Ivanski pride matches.
“Certainly, the full stands of our fans are an additional motivation, but at the same time, it is an obligation to repay them with good handball in exchange for their support. This year, they are really our eighth player, so I invite them all to join us on Saturday as well as possible and help us achieve the best possible result,” he added Polak.
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