The head coach of Czech indoor lacrosse team Roman Pokorný evaluates Radotin Cup positively. However, he doesn’t overestimate the success.
You probably have to be satisfied with the tournament results (Czech teams finished 1st and 2nd). Are you satisfied with the players’ performance too?
Of course I am happy about our ranking, but we have to keep our feet on the ground. In general, I was more satisfied with the players of Czech 2. I was surprised by their toughness and their will to became the members of the roster for the World Championship. However, the first Czech team played worse than they could. I expect much more from them.
Which players made a best impression?
If I have to name someone, then Jirka Košťál. He was certainly the leader of Czech 2. And also Martin Šrůta and all three goalies.
Was the tournament a good test for the World Championship?
The quality of the opponents did not test us well. Teams from Germany and England were formed just from the players who play in Europe and moreover, who in that time did not have to play field lacrosse. The rosters for World Championship will be completely different. Moreover, Radotín Cup was also a test for the organization team. And we have to improve lot of things too…
Originally, Slovakia had to play the tournament too. Why they finally did not come?
The official reason was lack of funds. But in my opinion, the participation of many Slovak players in the final tournament of National field lacrosse league also played role.
Due to missing Slovak team you invited second Czech team. How did you divide them to two teams?
Czech 1 was formed from the broader team who prepares for the World Championship in May. The second team – Czech 2 – was formed in the last moment from previously non-selected players and players about whom I didn’t know whether they want to play on the Championship or not.
Does it mean that Czech 1 players are more probable to be in the final roster?
Definitely yes. At least if they will prepare intensively and they won’t get injured or lose their form. But for sure it doesn’t mean that Czech 2 players have their doors to the World Championship locked out.
How many members will the final Czech roster have?
Now I count with forty players, at the end of March I will narrow the roster during a week team practice to thirty. But my vision is, that each from the ten guys who will not play on the Championship will still be a part of the team. In other words, the key is to form a good team, which can represent Czech box-lacrosse well not only on the World Cup, but even after…