Brno Sports Weekly Report — Second-place Zbrojovka hosts Žižkov Sunday Night
Brno football men’s teams had big weekends. Now Líšeň hopes to build on a victory over Dukla Praha and second-place Zbrojovka has a chance to move to the top of the standings when they host Žižkov on Sunday at 8pm. Photo credit: FC Zbrojovka/Petr Nečas
Brno, Sept. 15 (BD) — Líšeň move up the table by beating top-team Dukla; HC Kometa host HC Dynamo Pardubice on Thursday; Basket Brno join the European North Basketball League; and Lokomotiva’s three-game win streak is snapped.
SK Líšeň 2019 took a big step forward in the Fortuna:Národní Liga when they beat league-leading FK Dukla Praha last Friday, 3-0.
Jan Silný, Ondřej Ševčík and Jakub Kučera scored the goals.
The win moved Líšeň to seventh place in the league. They are now 3-2-2 with 11 points. An away game at MFK Chrudim is next for Líšeň this Saturday at 10:15 a.m.
FC Zbrojovka, who beat Příbram, 0-1, earlier on Friday, moved up to second place in the standings. Brno (5-1-1, 16) have the same point total as Dukla (5-1-1, 16), but are one behind on goal difference, 13-12.
Zbrojovka host Žižkov on Sunday at 8pm. Then they get a rematch at Varnsdorf on Wednesday in the MOL Cup; Varnsdorf took a point away from Brno after a 2-2 tie in the domestic league last month. The next home game has been announced for Friday, October 1st against Sparta Praha B; that game will start at 5pm.
For updated information and the schedule for the Fortuna:Národní Liga, go to the league website at https://www.fnliga.cz/. The FC Zbrojovka team website is at https://fczbrno.cz/. The SK Líšeň 2019 team website is at https://www.sklisen.com/ .
HOCKEY: HC Kometa to Honor Lubina
HC Kometa Lost-Won-Lost to start the extraliga season, then suffered the loss of Ladislav Lubina, a top player and former Brno coach, who died of brain cancer at the age of 54.
Tomorrow, on Thursday, Brno will try to right the ship and honor Lubina when they host HC Dynamo Pardubice at 6pm.
Against BK Mladá Boleslav on Tuesday, Brno gave up five goals in the first half of the game before Alexandre Mallet finally broke the shutout in the 46th minute. The final score was 5-1.
Brno lost the opening game at HC Energie Karlovy Vary, 4-3. They won the first home game at Winning Group Arena on Sunday, beating PSG Berani Zlín, 3-2 in extra time, when defender Marek Ďaloga scored in the 65th minute.
Last year, Brno finished the 52-game regular season in ninth place and got swept in the quarterfinals by eventual champions HC Oceláři Třinec. This season, there are 15 teams and 60 rounds of games; each team plays all 15 teams four times, twice at home and twice on the road.
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Basket Brno Continue Preseason, Join ENBL
Coach Lubomír Růžička has a lot of player options with which to work and this pre-season is offering a lot of opportunities to watch the chemistry in action. The lineup flexibility fits with Brno’s overall goal: meshing the strong pool of youth players in this region with the senior team en route to a winning season.
Last weekend, Basket Brno hosted the Brno Open Cup at Hala Vodova. They won the first game, 82-59, against UBSC Graz (Austria) by mixing tall lineups with more versatile lineups. Brno lost, 77-88, to Swans Gmunden (Austria) in the second game.
The domestic league starts on Wednesday, September 22nd when Brno hosts GBA Fio banka J. Hradec at Hala Vodova at 6pm.
In addition, Basket Brno announced that they will compete in the European North Basketball League (ENBL), which will put them in the company of top teams from Lithuania (Šiauliai), Latvia (Liepaja, Valmiera Glass), Estonia (Tartu), Belarus (Borisfen Mogilev) and Poland (Anwil Wloclawek).
“I expect quality in the ENBL,” Růžička said. “Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are basketball countries. In Lithuania, basketball is a religion. We will also face the champion of Belarus. Anwil Wloclawek from Poland has regularly played in the EuroCup. We want to be competitive. My private wish is to make it to the Final Four. “
WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Lokomotiva Win Streak Snapped
Lokomotiva Brno-Horní Heršpice took a three-game winning streak to Uherske Hradiste last Friday night, but could not continue their scoring barrage: Moravian rival 1. FC Slovácko beat Lokomotiva Brno-Horní Heršpice, 4-0.
Lokomotiva (3-0-2, nine points) are now fourth, behind AC Sparta Praha (4-0-0, 12), SK Slavia Praha (4-0-0, 12) and 1. FC Slovácko (3-0-0, nine points).
Next, Lokomotiva will host SK Slavia Praha on September 25th at 11am.
For updated information and the schedule for 1.liga žen, go to the league website at https://zeny.fotbal.cz/ .