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The First and Second Divisions in the  Czech Rugby League Championships have kicked off their 2013 seasons.

 

In the First, 2012's undefeated premiers, Lokomotiva Beroun, took up where they left off with a comprehensive 56-0 win over Vrchlabi. Two of the three promoted teams battled it out in the other opening round game, Teplice defeating Havlickuv Brod 28-8, Vaclav Fischer with a hat trick; Mikulov Roosters had the bye.

 

Chrudim Angels emerged victorious on home soil in the opening rounds in the Second Division, defeating Pardubice 48-0 and Hradec Kralove 34-14; Hradec Kralove – with Ladislav Cintler outstanding - overcoming Pardubice 44-4. Prague Vikings  and newcomers Brno-Bystrc are yet to debut in 2013.

 

Three of the season's tournament rounds in the Second Division will be taken to towns who do not currently host a rugby league team as a promotion for them doing so in 2014.

 

The 2013 First and Second Division Grand Finals will be played on the same day, at the venue of the First Division's Champions choosing.

 

PHIL CAPLAN

RLEF MEDIA OFFICER

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Not the best start, but GO VRCHLABI!

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It looks like the Czechs are concentrating more on the domestic game than the international game. Good luck to them for the future.

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BELGRADE SELECT WIN THIRD CZRLA INTERNATIONAL 9S TOURNAMENT

A Belgrade Select team won the third annual Czech Rugby League International 9s tournament in Pardubice.  The Serbians defeated an impressive Hungary XIII in the final match of the day to remain undefeated and go one better than their previous participation in the event in 2011, when they were defeated by Lebanon’s LAU in the final.

Belgrade’s Vladan Kikanovic was named ‘Player of the Tournament’, while the Serbian’s selected Chrudim-Pardubice captain, Marek Pluhar, as the outstanding Czech player on the day. Kikanovic, the architect of much of the Serbian team’s penetrative attack, was delighted with his team’s performance and enthusiastic about their participation. “We were very happy to come to Pardubice and to be a part of this tournament and we have enjoyed ourselves here a lot,” he said. The Belgrade team’s performance was even more impressive considering that they travelled from Serbia to the Czech Republic only the night before by coach – a 13 hour trip - and had very little sleep in the lead-up.

CZRLA Development Manager, Andy Mulhall was impressed with all the teams participating and satisfied that the  staging of the 9s was significant not just for the development of the sport in the Czech Republic, but in central Europe generally.

“Having both a Belgrade selection and a Hungarian team participate has been great experience for the local players, all of whom were young guys not selected in the Czech national team train-on squad,” he noted.  

“It was a worthwhile experience for the travelling teams too. I expected the Belgrade team to set a high standard in 9s rugby league, but I was happy with how the two Czech teams performed against them and was really impressed with the improvement in the standard of the Hungarian players after having coached against them with the Czech national team in both 2011 and ‘12.

“They looked far more like a rugby league team today - albeit a 9s rugby league team - with their attack fluid and their defence much more solid than I had previously witnessed. Balint Mezes and others involved in developing the sport in Hungary seem to be doing all the right things.“

He added, “Cooperation between clubs and countries developing rugby league in this part of the world is invaluable in growing the game and tournaments like this help to foster relationships that ensure mutual support and interaction. We need to encourage each other and offer support wherever possible, and while the action on the field was great entertainment, the partnerships developed off it will go a long way to ensuring tournaments like this one develop elsewhere, faciliate international competition between developing rugby league nations, and act as complements to fostering domestic competitions as well as elite national team selections.“

Next year the competition hopes to expand to include teams from Germany and Poland.

2013 CZRLA International 9s Tournament results

Hungary 16 - 4 Hradec Kralove/Vrchlabi
Belgrade Select 14 - 0 Chrudim/Pardubice
Hungary 18 - 0 Chrudim/Pardubice
Belgrade Select 30 - 4 Hradec Kralove/Vrchlabi
Chrudim/Pardubice 4 - 4 Hradec Kralove/Vrchlabi
Belgrade Select 30 - 6 Hungary

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Good work, we have one of the Czech lads playing for my team here in NZ and these boys are keen to improve and seem to love the game. Id love to see expansion into east germany, chemnitz, dresden, leipzig halle are all big places with potential

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Good work, we have one of the Czech lads playing for my team here in NZ and these boys are keen to improve and seem to love the game. Id love to see expansion into east germany, chemnitz, dresden, leipzig halle are all big places with potential

The wall came down over twenty years ago ;) Extremely impressive stuff from the Belgrade select team to beat a Hungarian X111 in a nines tournament.

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