Brno Sports Weekly Report — Lokomotiva Faces Hradec Králové in Do-or-die Game Saturday
The Czech horse racing season has begun and Brno will host the first of its three annual racedays this Saturday. The highlight of the eight-race card is a 4100-meter steeplechase worth 80,000kc. There are five flat races and two other steeplechases. First-race post time is 2 p.m. Photo credit: Czech horse racing.
Brno, Apr 10 (BD) — HC Kometa and Liberec even at 2-2 in hard-fought semifinal series, Žabiny Brno beat KP Brno in Game 5 to advance to ŽBL Finals, egoé Basket Brno faces top-team Nymburk tonight (Wednesday) and quick turnaround into pre-Playoff series, Zbrojovka Brno prepares for three games in seven days, Draci remains undefeated as Hroši sweep Technika. Both Alligators and Sígrs have home games this weekend, Dragon Rugby returns to Prague after starting season with two losses, Brno Cricket has four friendly matches scheduled for this weekend and Moravia Cup next weekend, and the Brno sports results and schedule.
Hosts Hradec Králové in Huge Game on Saturday
Seventh-place FC Lokomotiva-Horni Herspice
(2-3-7, 9 points) will take the field for an important home game against
eighth-place FC Hradec Králové (3-0-9, 9) on Saturday at 11 a.m. The loser
could very well be the team that will be relegated from the top women’s league
at the end of the season.
So far during the spring half of the
season, Lokomotiva has tied Plzen and lost to SK Slavia Praha in league play.
The final Lokomotiva league game will be at
1. FC Slovácko (4-1-7, 13) on April 21 at 4 p.m.
Evens Exciting Semifinals with Liberec
Two minutes into
extra time of Game 4, Jakub Orsava found Karel Plášek just as he broke past the
Liberec defence and, with a nicely placed shot over the goalkeeper’s right
shoulder, HC Kometa evened the Tipsport extraliga semifinal series at 2 games
The score on
Monday was 3-2 and it was another come-from-behind win for Brno, which has
lost, won, lost and won during the series, with three of the games going into
extra time. The best-of-seven series will have at least two more games: at
Liberec at 5 p.m. on Thursday and back in Brno at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday
Liberec in the 2017 Finals to win their 12th league title and first
since 1966. Since then, Kometa defended its title by beating Třinec four games
to one in 2018. In both postseasons, Kometa went 12-2.
has not gone as smoothly. Kometa swept Hradec Králové in four games to advance
to the semifinals but Liberec, the top team from the regular season, has proven
to be a difficult opponent. Brno is 6-2 during this postseason.
The best-of-seven finals will be from April
18 to 30.
Brno Advance to ŽBL Finals
Women’s athletics of the highest level were
on display throughout the five games of the ŽBL semifinals, with powerful
performances by Žabiny Brno to jump out to a two-game lead and inspired
performances by KP Brno to even the series at two games apiece. In the deciding
game on Saturday, however, Žabiny Brno held on for the final victory that sent
the team from Zabovresky into the Championship Series.
Žabiny Brno beat KP Brno, 62-74, in Game 5
to earn the right to play league superpower ZVVZ USK Praha.
Žabiny Brno are back in the finals for the
first time since 2013-14. Perhaps all of the travel to international
competitions has paid off because the team showed a steady confidence
throughout the rivalry series with KP Brno despite losing top scorers Kateřina
Zohnová (12 points a game) and Petra Záplatová (12.8) to injury.
ZVVZ USK Praha swept Sokol Nilfisk H.
Králové in the other semifinal series.
The Finals will begin on April 17 in
Prague. Brno will host Game 2 on April 20 and Game 3 will be back in Prague on
April 24. If necessary, Game 4 would be in Brno on April 27 and Game 5 would be
in Prague on May 1.
Basket Brno Preps for Postseason
egoé Basket Brno has shown flashes of
brilliance throughout the season, so it was within the realm of possibility
that they could beat second-place Dekstone Tuři Svitavy on Wednesday. Of
course, after a nine-game losing streak, it definitely seemed unlikely.
Nevertheless, Brno registered the shocking
victory, 77-74, and salvaged some confidence. Perhaps it was the home-cooking
after five consecutive road games.
It was, however, a victory too late and a
success too little to move Basket Brno up in the standings. They will now have
to earn their way into the main bracket of the Kooperativa NBL Playoffs.
Brno will finish play in Group A1 when it
hosts odds-on-favorite-to-win-another-title ČEZ Basketball Nymburk today
(Wednesday) at 8 p.m.
Then, Brno, which has gone 3-10 in the
advanced group, will play in a short best-of-three pigtail series to earn their
way into the main Playoff Bracket. The opponent in the Pre-Playoff Bracket is
yet to be determined — either USK Praha or Geosan Kolín, the top two teams from
Group A2 — but the dates for the games are already available: Friday in Brno; Sunday
away; and, if necessary, Tuesday in Brno.
Settles for Scoreless Tie with Ústí
FC Zbrojovka peppered the FK Ústí nad Labem
goal with shots, benefited when the Ústí goalkeeper panicked and got red-carded
at the edge of the penalty box and they had several scoring opportunities
against the one-man-less visitors, but the Brno team still could not break
through to win and settled for a scoreless tie.
Brno has 10 points from five games during
the spring half of the Fortuna:Narodni Liga season, but they are quickly
running out of time to climb into the top three in the standings for a chance
to get back into the top Fortuna:Liga at the end of the season.
Zbrojovka is still fifth with a record of
9-6-6 and 33 points. They are four points behind fourth-place FK Varnsdorf
(10-7-4, 37) and five points behind third-place FC Hradec Králové (11-5-5, 38).
Brno plays both of those teams in the final nine games of the season.
Now, Zbrojovka plays three games within
seven days, starting at Táborsko at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. They return home on
Wednesday to host Pardubice in a 6 p.m. game and then go to Varnsdorf for a 5
p.m. start on April 21.
The top three teams in the Fortuna:Narodni
Liga get a chance to advance into the top Fortuna:Liga. The top team goes
directly. The second-place team plays the 15th-place team from the
top league in a home-and-away series. And the third-place team plays the 14th-place
team in a home-and-away series. (The 16th-place team from the top
league is automatically relegated to the second league.)
Take Two-Game Lead Into Third Week
Draci Brno swept Tempo Praha to take a
two-game lead on second-place defending-champion Arrows Ostrava after two weeks
of the Czech extraliga baseball season.
Cardion Hroši Brno swept Brno Technika to
get to 4-2 for the young season. Technika, after six games against its Brno rivals,
Alligators Have Home Games This Weekend
Ragby Bystrc will host two American
Football games this weekend when the Brno Alligators host the Pardubice
Stallions on Saturday at 2 p.m. and the Brno Sígrs welcome the Vysočina
Gladiators on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Sígrs and the Alligators both represent
Brno in the newly named Paddock League.
The Alligators opened the season last
weekend with a 38-21 loss at the Pilsen Patriots. The Brno Sígrs have yet to
take the field.
The Brno rivalry will be played out twice: May
3 and June 22.
Rugby Drop Close Game to Říčany
RC Dragon Rugby has started the season with
two losses, the first at RC Sparta Praha (59-12) and the second at home to RC
Mountfield Říčany (21-29) on Saturday. Brno returns to Prague this Saturday to
play RC Praga Praha.
Cricket Preps for Season with High Hopes
The Brno Cricket Club prepares for their
forthcoming season with some friendly matches this weekend when they host the Prague
Barbarians Cricket Club. Games will be at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on both Saturday
The following week, brings the Moravian
Cup on April 19-21. The defending champions of the Czech Cricket League, Prague
Cricket Club, will be in the mix. Lords CC from Vienna will also play.
The Czech Cricket league begins April
27. Brno, the runner-up in 2018, will travel to Prague to participate in the
opening match and the inaugural ceremony for the Czech T20 summer league. The
opening match pits Brno against defending champion Prague CC at Chateau Field,
Vinor, at 3 p.m.
Expected to be in attendance are International
Cricket Council executives and the Indian Ambassador to the Czech Republic.
Later in the summer, Brno will take a Tour
or Slovenia with games on July 6-7.
Quick results for various Brno professional
and recreational sports for the past week. Home team listed first (when
(Semifinals, Game 7, if necessary): Bílí Tygři Liberec X HC Kometa Brno,
April 16, 2019
— Men’s Basketball (Game 3, if necessary):
egoé Basket Brno X TBD, TBD
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