Georgian Cup Final: “Lelo” vs “Lokomotive”

14-Jul-2010

Georgian Cup 2010 is gradually nearing its end; final match will be played by old adversaries “Lelo” and “Lokomotive”. Georgian Cup final will be played at Mikheil Melskhi Lokomotive Stadium on July 14.

Result of the game is difficult to forecast: Lelo holds the title of Champion of Georgia and has won the Georgian Cup twice recently; Lokomotive has won Georgian Championship six times and Cup – five times over the last 10 years; in this year’s Championship Lelo and Lokomotive have almost the same amount of tournament points; the six round match between Lelo and Lokomotive narrowly ended in Lelo’s victory 9:3; as a result Lelo holds the 3rd and Lokomotive – the 4th place in current Championship standings.

Both teams easily reached the semifinal stage, after which Lokomotive played two (home and away) matches against Batumi XV – both ended in confident wins (24:15 in Tbilisi and 17:29 in Batumi), while Lelo had to stand a difficult battle against current Championship favorite, Kutaisi-based Aia R.C. (the first semifinal match played in Vani ended 21:25 for Lelo, and score of the second game played in Tbilisi became 19:12 in favor of Lelo only due to the last-minute effort).

In the course of the last decade, Lelo and Lokomotive met each other in the Georgian Cup final three times. In 2005 and 2006, Cup winners’ title was won by Lokomotive, in 2008 – by Lelo.

Using this opportunity we would also like to note that Cup trophy has been updated: from this year onward, the trophy represents a gilded bronze figure of a rugby player jumping to score a try. This original composition was conceived by Minister of Culture of Georgia Nikoloz Rurua and realized by sculptor Gia Japaridze (veteran rugby player and past Lokomotive captain).
 

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