EUROPEAN PREVIEW - PGE Ekstraliga
Bad weather in Poland has decimated the fixture list with all four of this weekend’s scheduled PGE Ekstraliga fixtures postponed.
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That means a week off for Great Britain’s three top-flight regulars, with Robert Lambert the first to see a match called off as Torun’s trip to Leszno will now take place on Saturday April 24.
Friday’s other fixture, Czestochowa v Zielona Gora, has also been re-arranged for the same date.
The Sunday programme has been put back by exactly a week, so Tai Woffinden and Dan Bewley will now visit Lublin with Wroclaw on Sunday April 25 – with Grudziadz hosting leaders Gorzow earlier that afternoon.
It will make for a busy weekend as there were already two fixtures re-arranged for Friday April 23 – the Lublin/Czestochowa and Grudziadz/Wroclaw matches which had previously been called off due to Covid issues.
The situation is little better in Division One, where matches between Gniezno and Lodz (Thursday) and Rybnik v Ostrow (Saturday) were also early postponements.
They were soon followed by another fixture at Gniezno, this time against Gdansk on Saturday, and at a snow-covered Krosno who were due to host Lodz on Sunday.
That leaves just one remaining match in the second tier as Bydgoszcz host Tarnow on Monday.
Division Two activity, which is expected to include GB duo Adam Ellis (Rzeszow) and Anders Rowe (Rawicz), is now set to start in early May – although with three of the seven clubs based outside of Poland, there is still uncertainty over exactly how many will come to the tapes.
And the Swedish Elitserien has also been put back by a month due to the pandemic, with start date now targeted for June 1.