A few years ago as an icebreaker with one of my post secondary school classes, I asked them all to prepare a joke. The following day, Petr stood up and asked me to name the three most famous beaches in the world. “Copacabana, Rhosilli and …..” , before I could name a third he shouted out “Trebic” (Tre beach) – a rubbish joke, but it got a lot of laughs and helped the lesson no ends.
Trebic is in a landlocked country and of course it doesn’t have a beach, but it does have a brewery and a football team…so, a perfect way to spend a Saturday.
Urban Brewery served it’s first beer in 2012 and is one of a number of micro breweries opening around the Czech Republic and replaces the Trebic brewery closed 40 years earlier by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. It serves a variety of beers, including a “British” ale, but as there was a beer festival going on next door, we only had the opportunity (sensibly) to try the lager – before heading further up the road to try our luck at one or five of the beer tents.
A couple more beers sunk and after listening to the man on the microphone tell us a minute by minute plan of the day’s events, we’d had enough and went in search of the Jewish Quarter of Trebic which basically rises from the river up to the hillside above the town. It fairly well preserved and has a large cemetery above the quarter. It is all well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area, although for us, it was a very short visit we had an engagement at FHK Trebic.
This was my second visit to the Horacky Stadion as back in 2012 I had decided to follow a team from the first round of the Czech Cup to the final. Whoever won the tie I would follow in the following round and Trebic lost in the 1/4 final to Gambrinus Liga giants Slovacko on aggregate. Last season did bring some success as they were promoted to MSFL as champions and have spent most 2013/14 in the top half of the league.
I like the ground, terracing alongside one side of the pitch, a nice old stand opposite and beer stands conveniently placed around the ground. The attendance for the visit of HFK Olomouc was well below the 5000 capacity, just 80 of us had bothered to turn out (possibly the lure of Travis O’Neill – yep never heard of him either) and the beers on at the brewery had persuaded the majority of Trebic to head there for their afternoon of fun). One fan, who had decided to go to the football was Zoltan the Hungarian lorry driver. Zoltan took a shine to Craggy and also the rest of his family and asked if he has a sister or a mother, a mother with cash. It has to be said that these characters always take a shine to Craggy and we are rather bemused as to why.
HFK Olomouc decided they didn’t want to play 2nd league football last season and got themselves relegated. They are well suited to this level, they have a few of the youngsters from Sigma and Brno in their side and play some lovely football. So, it wasn’t a surprise when they took the lead in the 30th minute, a shot on the turn from their extremely tall striker. We almost missed the goal, as Zoltan was demanding we translate every conversation into Czech…
Half time and we are summoned to the bar for a round of beer and for our new found friend to show his party trick. He asked if we knew how he stops himself drinking vodka…of course having met him only 30 minutes before, we answered..no. So, he ordered a shot and placed the shot glass facedown on his forehead – got a laugh and then drunk it….We pointed out that he hadn’t prevented himself from drinking, he just shrugged his shoulders and said that was part of the trick.
Second half and Craggy needed a break, so off he went in search of the Trebic klobasa. A few minutes he returned with two kingsize sausages and a couple more beers. By this time, I had decided that it would be a good idea to balance the sausage on the crash barriers and just as paper plate was perfectly in place, Trebic equalised, the crash barrier racked and in a matrix move, the sausage fell to the ground… 78 fans celebrated and two of us looked to the floor in disgust. Sausage overboard. Not our finest moment of the season.
So off we went in search of a replacement and I think both sides also decided that they’d had enough and played out the final 30 minutes with very few chances either side.
One thing we both saw was there is quite a noticeable step in quality in MSFL and if Blansko were to get there, they would have to invest heavily in the team. We love the effort the players put into every game, but sometimes that is not quite enough.