By Andy Mulhall, Date: 1/10/14
Lokomotiva Beroun have won a third successive Czech Rugby League Championship. The first club to be established in the country in 2007 they dropped only 1 game, their first round clash against the Czech Rabbitohs on their way to securing their fourth Czech Championship.
The Czech Rabbitohs finished 2nd, losing 1 game to Teplice Dragons on the road and battling their way to a fitting draw with the Roosters of Mikulov, also away. Mikulov finished 3rd and Teplice 4th. Slavia Hradec Kralove were 5th on the ladder in their first year in the Czech 1st Division, while Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels, after being Grand Finalists in 2013, finished the 2014 Czech Championship rounds a disappointing 6th. Orli Havlickuv Brod’s young squad were solid improvers on their 2013 on-field performances, and after a strong finish to the season look capable of making an impression on the extended Czech finals series.
The 2014 CZRLA finals is an innovative ‘mini championhip’ that involves all 7 1st Division clubs, as well as the leading 2nd Division club – Usti nad Labem Blades – and will culminate in the Grand Final on the first weekend of November.