By Phil Caplan
The First and Second Divisions in the Czech Rugby League Championships have kicked off their 2013 seasons.
In the First, 2012â€™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 â€“ with Ladislav Cintler outstanding – overcoming Pardubice 44-4. Prague Vikings and newcomers Brno-Bystrc are yet to debut in 2013.
Three of the seasonâ€™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 Divisionâ€™s Champions choosing.