After a protracted interval of lockdowns and restrictions attributable to the pandemic, rugby league returned to Poland on the weekend with a match between Lodz Magpies (Sroki Łódź) and Czechia aspect Vrchlabi Mad Squirrels, as a part of the Magpies 10-year anniversary celebrations.
The guests ran out 56-4 winners however the rating was secondary to the recommencement and the landmark in response to Krzysztof Tonn, vp of the Magpies. “The sport was a giant success,” he mentioned. “Regardless of the outcome, the native gamers have been blissful and inspired to play extra video games towards sturdy opposition.
“It was not straightforward to play a primary 13-a-side sport after the lengthy collection of Covid-19 lockdowns. It was a little bit of a problem each on and off the pitch however now everyone feels much more motivated for the arduous work we have to put in coaching and improvement.
“There are extra group occasions upcoming later this season and everybody ought to observe the membership on social media to be updated with all of the information,” he added. “Since 2011 Sroki Lodz has been coaching new rugby league gamers. Within the sport with the Mad Squirrels we had many new folks and this was an excellent alternative for them to play for the primary time and get invaluable expertise earlier than our home competitors begins. We’re very grateful to our opponents that they got here to Poland and performed towards us.
“Mad Squirrels Vrchalbi is an impressive workforce from a extra developed rugby league nation. Our two golf equipment have cooperated for quite a lot of years and it’s at all times an excellent alternative to study from one another. Having such a membership inside driving distance actually helps and we already wanting ahead to a rematch in Czechia. It was an excellent expertise and enjoyable for all the folks concerned, not solely the gamers.”
“The Magpies set an excellent instance for everybody in Poland,” confirmed Lukasz Lucka, president of Poland Rugby XIII. “They show that it’s potential to persistently construct a rugby league membership with a stable base even towards all the chances.”