Balkan Super Liga postavlja temelje za velika dostignuća u Evropi!

Takmičenje u Balkan Super Ligi počinje sledećeg meseca kada će se petnaest klubova iz sedam različitih zemalja širom Jugo-istočne Evrope boriti za prestižnu titulu. 

Oko 300 igrača iz Srbije, Grčke, Turske, Bosne i Hercegovine, Albanije i Crne Gore će razgaziti svoje kopačke tokom BSL 2018. što će biti veliki podstrek za ovaj sport na Balkanu.

Elitno klupsko takmičenje je u svojoj drugoj godini postojanja, pošto su se sedam ekipa takmičile za trofej u 2017. Partizan je osvojio prvi trofej u istoriji pobedivši velike rivale Crvenu zvezdu nakon velike borbe u prošlogodišnjem finalu.

“Naš najveći rival će definitivno biti Partizan, takođe vidimo veliki napredak kod Turaka, a očekujemo i jake utakmice od Grčkih timova u 2018.“ Rekao je australijski biznismen.

Dok je Pavlović uzbuđen oko budućnosti BSL on veruje da će ona vremenom postati takmičenje drugog ranga.

„U budućnosti evropska ragbi liga mora da se sastoji iz tri nivoa: Domaći i osnovni nivo, zatim regionalna takmičenja kao što je BSL, Baltik, Mediteran, Skandinavija, Centralna Evropa itd. i najviši nivo sa osam najboljih ekipa iz svih regiona.“

Pavlović je rekao da je primio brojne poruke u kojima se izražava interesovanje za učestvovanje u BSL iz zemalja koje nisu iz ovog regiona, što pokazuje da se širi interesovanje za sportom.

„Ove sezone primili smo aplikacije iz Rusije, Libana i Južne Afrike. Ovo je regionalno takmičenje tako da nismo mogli da ih prihvatimo, ali je očigledno da je ragbi ligi potrebno evropsko klupsko takmičenje na jakom nivou.“

Balkan Super Liga počinje za vikend 17/18 marta u Beogradu kada će se lokalne ekipe Radnički i Dorćol sastati sa Vitezom i Ratnicima iz Banjaluke.

Sa osam novih timova koji će se priključiti Balkan Super Ligi postoji neizvesnost oko nivoa veštine igrača koji dolaze iz zemalja koje su nove u svetu ragbi lige.

U svakom slučaju administrator Dragan Pavlović filozofski je odgovorio da bi mogućnost velike rezultatske razlike na terenu mogla da utiče na umanjenje važnosti ovog takmičenja.

“Naš najveći problem je nizak nivo pojedinih klubova i nedostatak novca. Malo je frustrirajuće putovati 1000km i pobediti protivnika sa 100 poena razlike.“

„U početku moramo biti jako realni, sa obe noge čvrsto na zemlji. Moramo ostati fokusirani i polako podizati nivo (igre).“

Klubovi iz Srbije će ponovo početi takmičenje kao favoriti u 2018.

Srpsko domaće prvenstvo se smatra najjačim u regionu, a ono okuplja oko 600 aktivnih igrača, osam seniorskih klubova i takmičenja za mlade i to za mlađe od 12 godina pa sve do mlađih od 18 godina.

Crvena zvezda je preduzela potrebne korake kako bi osvetila svoj poraz u finalu BSL-a sa impresivno odrađenom pred-sezonom. Klub je za 2018. ugrabio iskusnog australijskog trenera Trev Smita i bivšeg američkog fudbalera i igrača koji je bio na probi u Toronto Wolfpack-u Monte Gadisa.

Direktor i finansijska podrška kluba Kolin Klejveg insistira na tome da klub „ne želi da kupi gomilu trofeja“.

“Regrutovali smo dobre internacionalne igrače koji će unaprediti naše veštine. Nećemo da regrutujemo igrače koji će prosto oduvati lokalne ekipe.”

Trev Smit je važan dodatak ekipi. Unapređivanje trenera I infrastructure je ključno ne samo za kratkoročne uspehe već posebno za našu dugoročnu viziju sporta.

„Srpski igrači imaju potencijal da igraju na višem nivou. Mi želimo da pretvorimo taj potencijal u stvarnost.“

Klubovi koji će učestvovati u Balkan Super Ligi 2018:

Srbija: Partizan, Crvena zvezda, Dorćol, Radnički Beograd i Radnički Niš

Grčka: Aris Eagles, Patras Panthers i Rodos Knights

Turska: Kadikoj Bulls i Bilgi Badgers

Bosna i Hercegovina: FIS Vitez i Banja Luka Ratnici

Bugarska: Lokomotiva Sofija

Albanija: RC Tirana

Crna Gora: RC Bar

Tekst pisao: Stuart McLennan 

Izvor:Everything Rugby League

Balkan Super League to Set the Platform for Bigger Things in Europe

The Balkan Super League (BSL) competition will kick off next month when fifteen club sides from seven different countries across South Eastern Europe battle it out for the prestigious title.

Around 300 players from Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania and Montenegro will lace up the boots in the 2018 BSL in a major boost for the game in the Balkan states.

The elite club competition is in its second year of existence after seven teams competed for the prize in 2017. Serbian club Partizan Belgrade took out the inaugural title defeating fellow countrymen and arch rivals Red Star in a closely fought final last year.

With eight new teams entering the League there is uncertainty around the skill level of players from the countries new to rugby league.

However competition administrator Dragan Pavlovic is philosophical about the possibility of large score lines diminishing the status of the competition.

“Our main problem is the low (skill) level of some clubs and lack of money. It’s a little frustrating to travel 1000km and beat opponents by 100 points.

“In the beginning we must be very realistic with both feet on the ground. We must stay focused and slowly raise the level.”

Serbian clubs will again start favorites in 2018.

The Serbian domestic league is considered the strongest in the region boasting approximately six hundred active players, eight senior clubs and youth team competitions from under 12s to under 18s.

Red Star Belgrade has taken steps to avenge their BSL final loss with an impressive pre-season build up. The club has snared experienced Australian coach Trev Smith and ex American Football player and Toronto Wolfpack trialist Monte Gaddis for 2018.

Club Director and financial backer Colin Kleyweg insists that the club “don’t want to buy a series of trophies.”

“We have recruited well and intentionally to improve our skills. We are not recruiting players to blow away local sides.

“Trev Smith is an important addition to the team. Improving our coaching and infrastructure is vital not only to short term performance but also to our long-term vision for the game.

“The Serbian players have the potential to play at higher levels. We want to turn the potential into actual.

“Our main rivals will definitely be Partizan and we see improvement from the Turkish and expect strong competition from the Greek teams in 2018,” the Australian businessman said.

While Pavlovic is excited about the future of BSL he believes it will eventually become a second tier competition.

“In the future European amateur rugby league must have three levels: domestic as the basic level, then regional competitions such as BSL, Baltic, Mediterranean, Scandinavian, Central Europe etc and a top level with the eight best clubs from all regions.”

Pavlovic said he received a number of expressions of interest to play in the BSL from countries outside of the region in a testament to the widening interest in the game.

“This season we received applications from Russia, Lebanon and South Africa. Ours is a regional championship so we could not accept them but it is obvious that rugby league needs a European club competition on a big level.”

The BSL will commence on the weekend of 17/18 March in Belgrade with local sides Radnicki and Dorcol clashing with Vitez and Warriors Banja Luca from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Participating Clubs in the 2018 Balkan Super League

Serbia – Partizan, Red Star, Dorcol, Radnicki and Radnicki Nis
Greece – Aris Eagles, Patras Panthers and Rhodes Knights
Turkey – Kadikoy Bulls and Bilgi Badgers
Bosnia and Herzegovina – FIS Vitez and Banja Luka Warriors
Bulgaria – Lokomotiv Sofia
Albania – RC Tirana
Montenegro – RC Bar

Follow the writer: Stuart McLennan
Source: Everything Rugby League

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