In round 16 of the PGNiG Superleague tournament, KPR Gwardia Opole will take on the Polish Championship runner-up, Orlen Wisła Płock. This will be a sentimental journey for the two Opole coaches and four players, Michał Lemaniak, Mateusz Morawski, Kamil Mokrzki, and Kacper Adamski, who come from Płock originally.
The second part of the season has only just started, and Gwardia have already played two important games. On February 1, they played a postponed match against Sandra Spa Pogoń Szczecin, winning 30-25. Last weekend, they defeated SPR Stal Mielec 29-27 in Poland Cup 1/8 finals, moving on to the next round.
Adam Malcher continues to shine, but in the two games, all players showed consistent good form. Przemysław Zadura is on a scoring streak, with 13 goals in just two games. In January, during the Ostrovia Cup 2017 tournament won by Gwardia, Zadura was picked his team’s best player.
As to Orlen Wisła Płock, they faced MKS Zagłębie Lubin in Poland Cup 1/8 finals, and it was a close game. Płock won by a thin margin, 29-27, after a hard contest. With their staggering 38 points in the league tournament, they lead the Orange group. Gwardia Opole have 22 points in the league, but they just might snatch another three from Wisła in the coming home game.
Which one of the Morawski brothers will come out on top? We will find out tomorrow. The game begins at 6:30 PM, in the Opole arena at Kowalska 2.
fot. Tomasz Fąfara