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Sep '08 08

Top Four in Extraleague set, as Regular Season ends

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by Michal Hanus

Saturday’s games determined the participants of the playoff and playdown series. One week ago four teams fought for two free spots. Tuesday’s (September 2nd) win by Express against Draci 14-6 and Wednesday’s (September 3rd) victory by Technika against Skokani 5-3, brought both winners certain advantages before this weekend’s games.

First of all for Technika, it was the last game in the round robin and they preserved only twelve losses and got them certainty a promotion to the playoffs. MZLU Expresses had to wait till Saturday for the doubleheader against Krc Altron. At least one win in this series meant a promotion as the last team to the playoffs. Express lost the first game 3-5, so the situation was still open, but in the second game Express beat Krc Altron 12-5 and secured the fourth spot in the playoffs and sent Krc Altron definitively into the playdown series. The last game of Express was already without any stress and the 10-22 result versus the Tegola Titans meant that both teams tested batting before their upcoming series.

In the second weekend’s doubleheader Draci swept Skokani Olomouc 9-3 and 3-2. Based on this fact Skokani finished sixth. After their impressive start into the season, it must to be a disillusion for them. The round robin of Extraleague will be concluded on Tuesday in Brno, where Draci Brno will host Black Hill Blansko.

The playoff series will start already on Saturday with the semifinal series between 2007 champions AVG Draci Brno and runner up MZLU Express Brno, The second semifinal series will start in Ostrava, where home team Arrows Ostrava hosts Technika Brno. The favorite of the first series is obviously AVG Draci Brno, but we can’t forget that MZLU Express Brno defeated AVG Draci in the last week. The second series will be more open, but expectations are that Arrows Ostrava will revise their final attendance from 2006. Semifinal series are played as a best of five.

Schedule of playoff series:
Sat September 13th AVG Draci Brno vs. MZLU Express Brno
Sun September 14th AVG Draci Brno vs. MZLU Express Brno
Fri September 19th MZLU Express Brno vs. AVG Draci Brno
Sat September 20th MZLU Express Brno vs. AVG Draci Brno
Sun September 21st AVG Draci Brno vs. MZLU Express Brno

Sat September 13th Arrows Ostrava vs. Technika Brno
Sun September 14th Arrows Ostrava vs. Technika Brno
Fri September 19th Technika Brno vs. Arrows Ostrava
Sat September 20th Technika Brno vs. Arrows Ostrava
Sun September 21st Arrows Ostrava vs. Technika Brno

The play down series are also played as a best of five. The losers of these series will play against the best two teams from second division. The first ranked club is Patriots Liberec and the second is going to be determined in a series between Orlice Chocen and Hrosi Brno. Follow up series will played as best of five. The winners of these series will have reserved a spot in the Czech Extraleague 2009.

Schedule of play down series:
Sat September 13th Krc Altron vs. Black Hill Blansko
Sun September 14th Krc Altron vs. Black Hill Blansko
Fri September 19th Black Hill Blansko vs. Krc Altron
Sat September 20th Black Hill Blansko vs. Krc Altron
Sun September 21st Krc Altron vs. Black Hill Blansko

Sat September 13th Skokani Olomouc vs. Tegola Titans
Sun September 14th Skokani Olomouc vs. Tegola Titans
Fri September 19th Tegola Titans vs. Skokani Olomouc
Sat September 20th Tegola Titans vs. Skokani Olomouc
Sun September 21st Skokani Olomouc vs. Tegola Titans

Time Home Visitor Result
Tuesday, September 02 2008
Czech Republic 19:00 Draci Brno MZLU Brno 06:14
Wednesday, September 03 2008
Czech Republic 17:00 Technika Brno Skokani Olomouc 05:03
Saturday, September 06 2008
Czech Republic 13:00 Draci Brno Skokani Olomouc 09:03
Czech Republic 13:00 Krč Altron MZLU Brno 05:03
Czech Republic 16:00 Draci Brno Skokani Olomouc 03:02
Czech Republic 16:00 Krč Altron MZLU Brno 05:12
Sunday, September 07 2008
Czech Republic 14:00 MZLU Brno Tempo Titans Praha 10:22
Tuesday, September 09 2008
Czech Republic 19:00 Draci Brno Black Hill Blansko 18:01

Standings

# Team W L R+ R- .pct GB Streak
1 Draci Brno 24 4 209 78 .857 0 W3
2 Arrows Ostrava 19 9 166 109 .678 5 W1
3 Technika Brno 16 12 180 139 .571 8 W5
4 MZLU Brno 14 14 138 178 .500 10 L1
5 Krč Altron 13 15 139 165 .464 11 L1
6 Skokani Olomouc 12 16 128 141 .428 12 L3
7 Tempo Titans Praha 11 17 151 169 .392 13 W1
8 Black Hill Blansko 3 25 106 238 .107 21 L5


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