A few changes in the Polish Ekstraliga have been made in comparison to the last season. After seven consecutive years when the Super Final was deciding the title, this season the Championship title will be decided after the play-offs played in best-of-three format. There are 14 teams in the men’s top league and eight in the women’s.
All teams will face each other once in the regular season and the first three rounds have already been played. KS Górale Nowy Targ is the men’s reigning champion who is currently placed 7th after 5-3 win against their eternal opponent KS Szarotka Nowy Targ in the season’s opening game on 28th of September. UKS Floorball Gorzów Wielkopolski is a current leader with a total of nine points in front of TRAVEL.PL Wilki Sanok and Olimpia Łochów that are placed behind. KS Lokomotiv Czerwieńsk is a newly formed team which has only joined the league this season and after two rounds played they are still awaiting for their first points. Here are Bartłomiej Fliegner’s, (one of the club founders) impressions after joining the league:
– This season is a very first one for me and my newly formed club KS Lokomotiv Czerwieńsk. It is also a first time for the Polish league to have 14 men’s teams in the top league. The season has not started well for us, we are at the end of the table with 0 points but our goal this season is to stay in the top league so to end amongst the eight best teams. The task is difficult but we are all very motivated and focused on each game as the one versus one system requires your team to fight for each point.
Eight teams are fighting for the women’s title among which Interplastic Olimpia Osowa Gdańsk is the current leader with a total of nine points after three wins and one loss to SUS Travel Jedynka Trzebiatów who is currently placed 3rd. Second place belongs to PKS MOS Zbąszyń. Polish National Team star Justyna Krzywak has joined her home club Jedyna Trzebiatów after two successful seasons in the Czech SC Vitkovice. Here she tells what coming back home means to her:
– I came back to the Polish league, after two years of playing in the Czech Republic and the difference is big. We don’t play matches every weekend and the level is also lower, but my team started the season very well and so far we have a set of points. One of the matches was a duel with the current national champion so I am very happy that we were able to play a great match and get three points. There is only one goal for this season, to win the Polish Championship.
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