Brno Sports Weekly Report — Women’s Hoops, Volleyball Have Derbies This Weekend
KP Brno will host Žabiny Brno in the first round of Group A tonight at 5:30 p.m. Photo credit: Žabiny Brno
Brno, Feb. 26 (BD) — VK Královo Pole hosts VK Brno on Saturday, Volejbal Brno is on TV on Monday; HC Kometa Maintains sixth place with four games left in regular season; Lokomotiva Brno-Horni Herspice host league-leading Slavia on Saturday; mmcité1 starts up again on Saturday, returns home next Wednesday; and the Brno sports results and schedule.
Group A Starts Tonight With Žabiny at KP Brno
After both local teams finished the Renomia ŽBL regular season with victories last weekend, KP Brno will host Žabiny Brno in the first round of Group A play tonight at 5:30 p.m.
KP Brno (14-4) finished the regular season in third place. Žabiny Brno (12-6), which won the Czech Cup, finished in fourth place.
KP Brno won the first regular-season matchup between the Brno teams. Then Žabiny Brno won in the semifinals of the Czech Cup tournament and in the second regular-season matchup. This will be the fourth meeting of the season. Žabiny Brno will host the return game in Group A on March 7 at 5 p.m.
ZVVZ USK Praha (18-0) finished as the No. 1 seed for the playoffs. The next four teams — Sokol Hradec Kralove (15-3), KP Brno, Žabiny Brno and BLK Slavia Praha (9-9) — are in Group A, where they will play home and away games against each other to establish the seeding for the postseason. Then, USK Praha, the Group A teams and the top three teams from Group B will start into the quarterfinals in mid-March.
Another Brno Derby on Tap for Saturday
VK Královo Pole will host crosstown rival and league-leading VK Brno on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Šelmy Brno have 64 points and a five-point lead in the standings over Olomouc (59 points). Prostějov is third with 44 points.
VK Královo Pole, which plays at second-to-last Frýdek-Místek tonight (Wednesday), is seventh with 24 points.
After the Brno derby, both Brno teams will have three matches left in the regular season.
Brno Men To Be Showcased on CT Sport Monday
Volejbal Brno lost in five sets at Ostrava on Saturday, but the two points they got were enough to keep them in third place with just three matches left in the regular season.
The next home match will be against Odolena Voda on Monday. It will be shown on CT Sport. It starts at 5 p.m.
ČEZ Karlovarsko is atop the men’s standings with 50 points and České Budějovice is second with 42. Volejbal Brno is in third with 37 points.
Kometa Maintains Sixth Place with Postseason Coming
HC Kometa hit such a low point last week that Libor Zábranský, the owner and head coach, took the extraordinary step of publicly apologizing for the state of the team. It worked, kind of.
The team subsequently won two games, beating Mountfield HK, 2-1, at home on Feb. 18 and PSG Berani Zlín, 3-5, on the road last Saturday. Then they hit another bump when, back on home ice, they lost to HC Olomouc, 3-5, on Sunday.
There are four games left in the Tipsport extraliga regular season. Three of them are at home against the league-leading Bílí Tygři Liberec on Friday at 6 p.m.; last-place Rytíři Kladno on Sunday at 3 p.m.; and second-to-last HC Dynamo Pardubice on March 6 at 6 p.m. The one road game is at second-place HC Škoda Plzeň on March 3 at 5:30 p.m.
Lokomotiva Earns Respect at Sparta, Play Slavia Next
The top women’s football league of the country resumed last weekend with Lokomotiva Brno-Horni Herspice putting together a respectable result, losing 3-1 at AC Sparta Praha on Sunday.
Sparta (10-0-2), the No. 2 team in the league, scored two first-half goals within five minutes of each other. Then Šárka Krištofová scored for Brno three minutes into the second half to cut the lead to one goal.
The Brno offense could thereafter not produce any more tallies. Sparta added the final goal two minutes into extra time.
Lokomotiva Brno (3-2-7) is in fifth place with 11 points. They host undefeated league-leader SK Slavia Praha (12-0-0) on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Lokomotiva is trailing FC Viktoria Plzeň (7-0-5, 21 points) and 1. FC Slovácko (4-3-5, 15). FK Dukla Praha (3-2-7, 11), FK Pardubice (3-0-9, 9) and FC Slovan Liberec (1-3-8, 6) are lower in the standings.
mmcité1 Resumes Group A2 Play Saturday
mmcité1 Basket Brno has won the first two games of Group A2 of the Kooperativa NBL. They resume play at GEOSAN Kolín on Leap Day Saturday.
The next home game is against Kingspan Královští sokoli on March 4. Then there are two games a week through March and until the end of the Group A2 phase of the season.
Group A2 has four teams — Kingspan Královští sokoli (7-17), NH Ostrava (6-18), Brno (5-19) and GEOSAN Kolín (5-19) — who will build upon their records from the first 22 games of the regular season, when each team played home and away games within the entire 12-team league. The top teams are in Group A1.
Group A2 teams will play two home and two away games against each other. After 12 rounds, the bottom team will play the top two teams from the lower league for the right to stay among the elite clubs. The top three teams from Group A2 will play for the chance to enter the playoffs with pig-tail series from April 10 to 14. The main playoff bracket is from April 17 to May 30.
BRNO SPORTS RESULTS
Quick results for various Brno professional and recreational sports for the past week. Home team listed first (where applicable).
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
— Women’s Basketball (CEWL): BK Žabiny Brno 87, BC Pharmaserv Marburg 63
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
— Women’s Basketball: DSK Levhartice Chomutov 46, KP Brno 82
— Women’s Basketball: Žabiny Brno 68, Slovanka MB 58
— Men’s Volleyball: Ostrava 3, Brno 2
— Hockey: PSG Berani Zlín 3, HC Kometa Brno 5
Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020
— Women’s Football: AC Sparta Praha 4, Lokomotiva Brno H.H. 1
— Hockey: HC Kometa Brno 2, HC Olomouc 4
BRNO SPORTS SCHEDULE
The schedule for various Brno professional and recreational sports for the next week. All dates and times subject to change. Home team listed first (when applicable).
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020
— Women’s Volleyball: Frýdek – Místek X Královo Pole, 5 p.m.
— Women’s Basketball: KP Brno X Žabiny Brno, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 28, 2020
— Hockey: HC Kometa Brno X Bílí Tygři Liberec, 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020
— Women’s Football: Lokomotiva Brno H.H. X SK Slavia Praha, 2 p.m.
— Women’s Basketball: Sokol H. Králové X KP Brno, 4 p.m.
— Men’s Basketball: GEOSAN Kolín X mmcité1 Basket Brno, 5:45 p.m.
— Women’s Volleyball: Královo Pole X VK Brno, 6:30 p.m.
— Women’s Basketball: BLK Slavia Praha X Žabiny Brno, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
— Hockey: HC Kometa Brno X Rytíři Kladno, 3 p.m.
Monday, March 2, 2020
— Men’s Volleyball: Brno X Odolena Voda, 5 p.m. (CT Sport)
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
— Hockey: HC Škoda Plzeň X HC Kometa Brno, 5:30 p.m.
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