The "Zelenika family", which included Milan Nikolic, Janko Radovic, Zarko Ceprnic, Predrag Banicevic and Nikola Lucic was the best team in the Picigin tournament that was held at the beach “Rafaelo” in Herceg Novi.
Ten teams took part in the competition, and the second-placed includes members of the team "Stos pit" Ilija Dotlic, Vladimir Cerevicki, Tihomir Vuksanovic, Mihailo Vuksanovic and Branislav Stevic.
In third was the team "Zelenicke igre" i.e. Zoran Pestoric, Dado Rolovic, Dejan Sofranac, Dado Kavazic and Srdjan Gecaj. This team was awarded last year as the best.
The judges were Kiko Maric, the play-writer Stevan Koprivica and the architect Bobo Popovic and picigin veterans.
In the tournament, as a member of the team “Got”, the popular Croatian singer Goran Karan also took part in the competition, who played very well, but also excited the audience when he started singing and performed at the beach Rafaelo.
Picigin is over 90 years old and is played by adjusting water polo to local conditions. It is played in the shallow waters of Split beaches and brought over from students from Prague. This attractive sport arrived to Herceg Novi at least 60 years ago.
Picigin is played in the shallow water with five players in one team and no opponent. The goal of the game is that the ball does not touch the sea surface or the beach, and needs to be kept up as long as possible. It is also spiced up with as many attractive moves as possible. It's important to pay attention. The game is played with a rubber ball the size of a palm or smaller, and the players forcefully, with one hand, hit the ball to their teammate or in an empty space.
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Text by Slavica Kosic, on March 10th 2019, read more at Vijesti