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|RK Kvarner Kostrena|
|Full name||Rukometni klub Kvarner Kostrena|
|Founded||1963 (as RK Kvarner); 2003 (as RK Kvarner Kostrena)|
|Dissolved||2003; February 2013|
|Head coach||Ivan Munitić|
- 1 History
- 2 Kvarner Kostrena seasons
- 3 Honours
- 4 Notable former players
- 5 Coaches
- 6 Presidents
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The club was founded 27 February 1963, as RK Kvarner. The first ever players of Kvarner were: Simeon Kosanović, Zvonko Ugrin, Slobodan Petković, Vladimir Babić, Josip Božić, Jerolim Ostojić, Marijan Lučić, Davor Amančić, Marijan Glavan, Perica Vukičević and Ivan Munitić alongside coach Eduard Domazet. The initiators where: Đuro Blim, Nikola Mikuličić, Eduard Domazet, Mladen Kopajtić, Ivo Kreculj, Branko Komljenović, Petar Grabovac, Petar Orgulić and Rajko Plivečić.
During the first ten year of the club moved up the ranks from Regional leagues to the Yugoslav First League. During their time in the First league Kvarner's coach was Vlado Stenzel who was at the time also the Yugoslavian national team coach. Stenzel's presence saw players like Zdenko Hibšer, Vlado Vukoje, Roberto Sošić and Zdravko Rađenović playing for Kvarner. These years where the highlight of Kvarner's history as they played in the Yugoslav first league. Kvarner was the first handball club in Rijeka to enter the first league. In 1969 and 1970 Kvarner was the champion of Croatia.
In 1973 Kvarner was relegated to the Second league with most of its players transferring to other clubs. The club bounced back to the First league the following season with mostly young player in the squad. These players where: Ivica Rimanić, Boris Komucki, Jurica Lakić,...
Kvarner dominated Zamet until 1977 when Zamet started to rise thru the ranks of Yugoslav handball.
Kvarner Zamet rivalry
During the 1960s a city rivalry came between RK Kvarner and RK Zamet the city's best handball clubs. Due to a lot of players moving throughout both clubs the rivalry became more serious. After nearly five years of intense matches finally in 1981 Kvarner signed defeat and gave Zamet the title of the best handball club in Rijeka. Kvarner also gave Zamet three of their best players: Boris Škara, Damir Čavlović and Drago Žiljak.
In later years Kvarner was no match for Zamet and they mostly played friendly matches since they weren't in the same league.
Hard times and financial troubles
During the 1980s Kvarner struggled eventually being relegated to regional leagues. In 1982 Kvarner was supposed to fuse with club Kozala forming RK Rijeka, but the fusing never happened. This later proved to be a big mistake. At the end of the decade Kvarner lost their dressing room to the basketball team of Kvarner. Not being able to live up to their previous results Kvarner stayed a low level club until the end of the Yugoslavian league.
In 2001 Marko Kosanović took over as president of the club who reinstated the club in the 3. HRL - West after nearly three years of absence. After entering 2. HRL - West the club move to Kostrena where they played in a newly built venue SD Kostrena and changed the club's name to Kvarner Kostrena. With many former players managing the club it survived for ten years playing in the third tier of Croatian handball. In 2011 due to financial problems Kvarner Kostrena dismantled their senior team wanting to focus more on their youth academy.
Two years later in February 2013 Kvarner Kostrena announced the club would be closing
In 2003 they moved to Kostrena in newly built venue SD Kostrena (Sportska Dvorana Kostrena).
Kvarner Kostrena seasons
Notable former players
- Petar Orgulić - 50 godina rukometa u Rijeci (2004)