Lokomotiva Beroun have won the 2014 Czech Rugby League Association Grand Final, ensuring that they have completed the Championship/Grand Final double for 3 consecutive seasons.
By Andy Mulhall, Date:29/5/13
Lokomotiva Beroun and the Chrudim Angels remain undefeated in their respective divisions in the Czech Rugby League Championships.
Beroun have nilled three of their four 1st Division opponents en route to finishing the first half of the home-and-away season undefeated. So far this season they have defeated Vrchlabi 56-0, Havlickuv Brod 38-0, and Mikulov Roosters 42-6 at home, and Teplice Dragons 50-0 away with some impressively mature attacking rugby league and solid defence.
An historic double-header is set to place in Vrchlabi on Saturday 24 August, when the Czech Republic play Serbia in a full international, preceded by their U18s facing Poland U20s, in a first-ever encounter between the nations.
Despite a one-sided Grand Final, which saw table-toppers Orli Havlickuv Brod impressively defeat nearest rivals Czech Rabbitohs 62-0 in Tis to win their first crown, the CZRLA is celebrating a record year of domestic matches.
Seven sides in the First Division played each other home and away, Havlickuv Brod only losing twice in a memorable year.
By Andy Mulhall, Date: 20/3/14
The 2014 Czech rugby league season kicked-off with the third annual CZRLA pre-season 9s tournament. The tournament was won by the Pardubice-Chrudim team - wearing the South Sydney Rabbitohs kit recently bestowed on the Chrudim club by the Australian rugby league powerhouse - who defeated the host club, Slavia Hradec Kralove, in the final.
Two tries in three minutes at the start of the second half saw the Czech Republic emerge triumphant, 26-6, against Hungary at the KFKI Sporttelep in Budapest.
The 2014 CZRLA Grand Final will be played on the first weekend of November between the CZRLA Championship winners, Lokomotiva Beroun, and the CZRLA Cup winners, the Czech Rabbitohs. Beroun won the Grand Final in 2012 & 2013 to cap undefeated seasons in which they won the then Czech triumvirate of the pre-season 9s tourney and the Championship as well as the Grand Final.
The head of St Helens’ youth system Steve Leonard has been a keen observer of the latest strand of the joint RLIF-RLEF-EU Leadership Devolution Project, which has conducted its second Czech-based event, with coaching delegates from Malta, England and Sweden joining their Czech counterparts.