30 June 1962|
Rijeka, SFR Yugoslavia
|Died||19 January 1992(aged 29) Lika, Croatia|
Early life and career[edit | edit source]
Škerl grew up in the suburb of Trsat in Rijeka.
In his youth he played for RK Trsat for three years before moving to RK Kozala. He played his whole senior career at Kozala and was even the captain of the squad. He represented his club throughout various regional leagues.
Military service and death[edit | edit source]
He was part of the Croatian National Guard's 128th Infantry Brigade. Škerl was stationed in Perušić where Battle of Gospić was fought. On January 19, 1992 artillery attacks where dispersed on Perušić and Škerl was one of the soldiers who lost his life.
Tribute[edit | edit source]
Since January 1992 there has been a memorial handball tournament in honor of Škerl organized by his former club RK Kozala named Memorial Zvonimir Škerl. The tournament has featured a variety of selection: cadet, senior, veteran, that have played depending on the organization. The proceeds of the tournament go to the veterans of the 128th Infantry Brigade in Rijeka.
Sources[edit | edit source]
- Petar Orgulić - 50 godina rukometa u Rijeci (Adria Public)
References[edit | edit source]
- "Dostojanstveno se sjetili Zvonimira Škerla" (in Croatian). http://hrsport.net/vijesti/432474/rukomet-hrvatski-rukomet/dostojanstveno-se-sjetili-zvonimira-skerla/.
- "Poginuli branitelji - Primorsko-goranska županija" (in Croatian). https://www.geni.com/projects/Poginuli-branitelji-Primorsko-goranska-%25C5%25BEupanija/24924.
- "Hrvatski memorijalno-dokumentacijski centar Domovinskog rata" (in Croatian). http://www.centardomovinskograta.hr/1992.html.
- "ZVONIMIR ŠKERL" (in Croatian). http://www.kanal-ri.hr/hr/zvonimir_skerl/2378/4.
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