Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Feb 24, 2013 - Gambrinus Liga - Sigma Olomouc 2 Slavia Prague 1

February 24, 2013
Gambrinus Liga (1st tier)
Sigma Olomouc 2 Slavia Prauge 1
Attendance: 5,000
Admission: 90kc (uncovered seating)

I have been following Sigma Olomouc ever since 1999, and I once went to a lot of home and away games.  When I moved to Prostějov in 2007 I still followed Sigma quite closely.  However, since about 2010 I have slowly been drifting away from Sigma because I end up going to see my local side play home and away.  I would say I don't support Sigma anymore, but I definitely still follow them closely.

With the break in lower league football continuing until late March, I took the opportunity to watch the 1st round after the winter break in the Gambrinus Liga . The Sigma-Slavia match was my first I have attended at Andruv Stadion since the summer of 2010.  The first thing I noticed walking up to the stadium was the slight rise in costs.  Tickets were now 90kc for uncovered seating, and 120kc for covered.  When I moved to Prostějov I remember that the uncovered seating would go for 50kc.

The other thing I noticed was the that northern stand with the steep seating was closed.  Apparently, it was closed because of a health and safety risk.  The city and the club feared that the steps on the stand could become slippy during the match from ice.  Since the stand is extremely steep, this was probably a wise decision.  Unfortunately for me, I was not able to sit in my usual spot high above the pitch.  Instead, I had the sit in the south stand which was rebuilt a few years ago.  The view is still pretty good, but nothing like the northern stand, which I would recommend to anyone wanting to see a game at Andruv.

Slavia normally brings a healthy sized following for away matches, so this meant a large police presence.  I would say Slavia had between 100-150 supporters at the game, which is certainly respectable for a Sunday 17:00 kickoff.  Of course this meant that the main shop in the train station was closed for 'technical reasons'.  This happens whenever a team plays in Olomouc that has a large following.  The Slavia supporters were quite loud to begin the match, but quickly quieted down after Sigma took an early 2-1 lead.  Perhaps it was because I was sitting at the other end of the stadium?  They just didn't seem to have the vocal passion.  In the 2nd half they had a fantastic display with flares and some sort of banner (which I couldn't read).  The flares were met by a public address announcer who reminded the crowd that flares weren't allowed.   Obviously, the supporters (for Sigma and Slavia) who wanted to bring flares into the game didn't have any problems.

The Sigma supporters were decent.  They seem to have grown in numbers of the past few years, and look to be more organized. They also seem to be a little more 'family friendly' and concentrate more on creating an atmosphere around the stadium.

The match was certainly an interesting one, considering the long winter break.  Slavia came our fast and scored early on, but Sigma scored two goals before the 20th minute.  It was all the scoring in the game and Sigma won 2-1.  Slavia were unlucky not have scored a goal in the second half, and deserved to get a point from the game.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

February 17, 2013 - Plumlov 4 Břeclav B 11

February 17, 2013
Jižní Morava a Zlín - krajská liga mužů
Plumlov 4 Břeclav B 11
Attendance -35
Admission - 20kc

Plumlov is a small town about 10km outside of Prostějov and ever since 2006 they have played in the 4th tier of hockey in the Czech Republic.  Since the town does not have an ice arena, they play their home games in Prostějov.  Usually, this means a crowd of 20-75 people with a good number of them supporting the visitors.  

I try to get to 2-3 Plumlov games a year, because the hockey is not that bad for the level.  Unfortunately, most people in Plumlov and Prostejov just do not care.  

On Sunday, Plumlov hosted Břeclav B in their last home game of the season.  Going into the game, Plumlov had won only 5 games all season, while the visitors had won just 2.  Based on this, you would have though the game  was going to be close, but this was not the case at all.  To the joy of the 4 travelling supporters, Břeclav showed their dominance early on and cruised to a win.  The Břeclav B players had an annoying habit of hooting like owls after every single goal.  Yes, even after the 11th goal they were still doing this.  Poor, poor, poor, but what do you expect from a team that had just won their 3rd game of the season?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Jindřichov na Moravě

Jindřichov na Moravě is a small town of around 1,300 in the region of Šumperk.  It was 

established in 1862 as a centre for milling.  Olpa Jindřichov currently play in the 

Olomoucký Kraj 1 A třída, skupina A where they sit in 11th place out of 14 sides.

The club was formed in 1947.  Last year, they were promoted from 1 B třída, which is 
the 7th tier of football in the country.