Title hopefuls Viktoria Plzeň, Sparta Prague and Slavia Prague all take three points as new season starts; Ogrodníková comes second in women’s javelin at London Diamond League meeting; Vrzalová breaks long-standing record in mile; and Hermannová and Nausch take bronze at European Beach Volleyball Championships.
Plzeň were the first in action, when they faced Dukla Prague in the capital in Friday evening’s 2018–2019 curtain raiser.
The champions fell behind in the first half but turned things around in the final quarter to eventually win 3:1.
Plzeň manager Pavel Vrba said the way the game went could benefit his players in the longer run.
“I remember a similar game last season against Jihlava, when we turned the game around and scored to make it 2:1 in, I believe, the final minute. It’s possible that today’s win will help put the players at ease. But it’s also a reminder that the Czech league isn’t as easy as some may think.”
For their part, Sparta also left it late to find the net against newcomers Opava in the capital but in the end secured a 2:0 victory.
“I sensed some nervousness, but around us, not in the changing room. We worked very hard in the first three weeks of training and were very tired in those games. We didn’t choose easy opponents, either. I believe there is quality in this team and that we will triumph.”
Slavia Prague made the most impressive start to the new season, overpowering Olomouc 3:0 away to claim top spot in the table on goal difference. There were also wins for Bohemians 1905, Zlín and Slovan Liberec in the opening round.
Nikola Ogrodníková came second in the women’s javelin throw at a Diamond League athletics meeting in London at the weekend. The Czech, who is 27, was beaten by Huihui Lyu of China; her best throw of 65.54 metres was 18 centimetres longer than Ogrodníková’s.
Runner Simona Vrzalová set a new Czech women’s record in the mile at that same meeting in London. She crossed the line in a time of 4:21:54 to break a record set back in 1986.
The Czech pair of Barbora Hermannová and Markéta Nausch came third in the European Beach Volleyball Championships in the Hague at the weekend. They overcame a Spanish pairing in the competition’s bronze medal decider.