Sunday, June 23, 2019

June 9, 2019 - Jezernice 1 Haná Prostějov 2

June 9, 2019 - Olomoucký kraj 1 B třída - 7th tier
Jezernice 1 Haná Prostějov 2
Attendance - 85

This was my first trip to Jezernice, and the only new ground for me this season while watching Haná Prostějov.  Jezernice is located between Hranice and Lipník, kind of wedged between the old motorway to Ostrava, and the new motorway.  The population is around 600.  For me, the worst part was getting off at the Jezernice bus stop on the old motorway.  I ended up walking around 40 minutes to the ground, which is located outside of the village.

The match was one of my best experiences at a football match, and most certainly the best over the past few years.  Haná only had 2 points from their first 12 matches, but ended up with 34 from their final 14.  They were in last place by at least 10 points, but ended up finished in 9th place. 

For this match, they really needed a win to keep their hopes up of not being relegated.  They gave up a goal late in the match to make it 1-1 and it looked like it was going to go to penalties.  However, Patrik Gábor, scored on a free kick just outside of the box on the last kick of the match to help Haná avoid relegation.  This looked all but impossible back in late October.  Patrik Gábor scored 20 goals in 14 matches during the 2nd half of the season and was one of the keys to Hana's safety. He had spent the first half with 5th tier Kralice n.H.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

May 12, 2019 - Sokol Pivín 1 Haná Prostějov 4

May 12, 2019 - Olomoucký kraj 1 B třída - 7th tier
Sokol Pivín 1 Haná Prostějov 4
Attendance - 85

The first few weeks of May were incredibly cold for the time of year, and my trip to Pivín was no different.  Train connections were not the easiest despite Pivín only being 15km away, so I decided to head out on my bike.  The village is connected to Prostějov with a few decent bike paths.   Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy for the whole trip. 

Pivín usually gets around 150 people for each home match, but as the weather was bad, most seemed to stay at home.  Pivín were battling for promotion, and Haná against relegation, but on the day Haná were clearly the best side.  I could not have been happier as I have a strong dislike of the Pivín football team.

The last picture is from the Skalka Spa where I stopped for some spa water, which smells very stongly like eggs.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

April 20/21 2019 - Fed Cup World Group Playoffs - Czech Republic 4 Canada 0

April 20/21, 2019
Czech Republic 4 Canada 0 (in Prostějov, Czech Republic)

Prostějov ended up hosting a Fed Cup World Group Playoffs tie, because there were not many other options in the Czech Republic.  Other venues were previously booked, or were hosting hockey playoffs.  For me, this was fantastic news, especially as a Canadian living in Prostějov.  Tickets were apparently sold out in a few hours, since the stadium only has a capacity of around 1,000.  However, it seems a lot of tickets were 'comp' tickets given away to sponsors, and some decided to not even showing up.  This meant that people who really wanted to go, couldn't go because technically there were no tickets available.

A group of around 10 people came from Canada, and they appeared to have been connected with Tennis Canada.  The Canadian team was missing Bianca Andreescu and a few other first choice players.  The Czechs were for the most part did not have their top talent either, but they have a much deeper player pool to choose from.  The Canadians who played tried their best, but were always a step or two behind.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

April 28, 2019 - Sigma Olomouc Juniors 1 Slovan Liberec Juniors 2

April 28, 2019 
Sigma Olomouc Juniors 1 Slovan Liberec Juniors 2
Attendance - 80

I happened to be in Olomouc on Sunday morning, so I thought I would stop by to watch a little football.  Juniors should mean under 21, but some over-ages players are allowed to play. The match took place on the second pitch next to the main stadium.  It is a little awkward to watch a match at this stadium because the stands are not directly next to the pitch and on one side there is a huge net infront of the stands.  

April 27, 2019 - Ústí u Hranic B 3 Haná Prostějov 3

April 27, 2019 - Olomoucký kraj 1 B třída - 7th tier
Ústí u Hranic B 3 Haná Prostějov 3 (Ústí won on penalties)
Attendance - 35

The longest away trip of the season for Haná Prostějov.  By car it takes only about 1 hour, but by train and by foot, it can take around 2.5 hours in total.  To get to the small village of around 550, I had to take a train from Prostějov to Olomouc, Olomouc to Hranice, and Hranice to Teplice nad Bečvou.  From there I had to walk around 2km to get to Ústí.  All of this in a trip of around 70km.

The first team of Ústí actually plays in the fourth tier, but they look all but certain for relegation.  Facilties at the ground were very basic.