The get started of the brand new home season in Poland has additionally celebrated the 10th anniversary of the game being performed within the nation. Three groups took section in a 9s pageant to relaunch festival post-restrictions, Lodz Magpies successful each their video games, 18-14 towards hosts Skierniewice Razorbacks and 30-18 over Husaria Kalisz, while Kalisa defeated the Razorbacks 40-10.
Afterwards, a 13-a-side exhibition recreation was once performed blending up the gamers, with Blacks beating Reds 40-22. Player of the spherical was once Sergiusz Kalwinek from Husaria Kalisz.
Chris Bird, Razorbacks’ president and PRXIII board member, mentioned: “We had the privilege of hosting the first round in Skierniewice. All the teams played some great and exciting rugby league along with players from Warsaw. The end of the tournament saw them all mingle over a BBQ, where a good time was had by all. It was not only an important event for the Razorbacks, allowing us to gain exposure for new potential players but also for Polska Rugby XIII.”
Lodz Magpies’ prop, Dawid Krawczyński, added: “Coming out of Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown meant it was very important that we got players back on the field again in Poland and enjoying our great sport with a smile on their faces. For that reason alone, the first round of MPRL 2022 was a resounding success and we look forward to the further rounds. I’ve been playing league for six years now, and I love both the game and the community we have here.”
Mateusz Kłosiński, Husaria Kalisz’s trainer, famous: “I am very pleased with our performances. The improvement in our quality and organization was evident with every passing minute. We are a young team made up primarily of 18-year-olds and some younger players but we are ambitious and our goal would be to make it to the Grand Final. I hope that playing in the remaining tournaments we will keep developing and getting better and that we haven’t said our last word yet.”
Before kick off, all of the individuals seen a minute of silence a reminiscence of Stephen Kolodziej, the Poland world who died all at once at age of 39.
The first rugby league fit in Poland was once performed on 1 July, 2012, when Lodz Magpies RLFC confronted the Great Britain Student Pioneers at the box of ZSO No.1 in Łódź, the primary of 3 encounters undertaken as a part of the bottom breaking excursion.
“The visit of GB Pioneers in 2012 was a key moment for the development of rugby league in Poland. For us, it was our first contact with rugby league at this level. We learned a lot and gained motivation to continue the hard work,” recalled Łukasz Łucka, president of Polska Rugby XIII and a player within the ancient fit.
“Back then, we were a rookie team that was at the same terrified and excited with the idea of playing against a representative side,” mentioned Jacek Gałęza, who additionally performed and now a rugby league referee. “Despite the extreme heat, a difficult rival and an astroturf pitch with a dry and rough surface, nobody surrendered and we tried to give our best. The most important thing was not the result, but the very fact of participating in such a unique match for us.”
“I have very fond memories of my trip to Poland,” famous Pioneer, James Szymik. “My grandfather was once born in Poland, so after I won a call for participation to return to this nation with GB Pioneers, I used to be very excited. It was once a brilliantly arranged excursion and an incredible enjoy. There I met a small crew of volunteers who devoted themselves to introducing rugby league to Poland as a brand new game on this nation.
“My favourite memory was trying to get a few cones to mark the try line on the pitch. With no sports store nearby, we had to use lemons cut in half – now that’s real grassroots development! After spending time with Łukasz and his friends, their passion turned out to be contagious and I decided that I wanted to do my best to help them and became a member of the PRXIII board. This group of volunteers has achieved a lot during this time and they should be extremely proud of themselves.”
The subsequent spherical of the MPRL 2022 will probably be hung on 13 August on the KS Budowlani Stadium in Lodz.