Kalev RFC defeats Porvoo in first match on new home stadium ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Kalev Rugby Football Club.
Kalev Rugby Football Club. Source: Joosep Martinson

Kalev Rugby Football Club, playing in their third season of the Finnish Men's Championship, defeated Porvoo Old Town Shamrocks 40:27 on Sunday in the opening match on the first-ever rugby grounds built in Tiskre.

The day started with an exhibition match held between the women's Tallinna Kalev team and NATO eFP team, which consists of women serving at Tapa.

Ketlin Loob, member of Tallinna Kalev, told ERR after the match: "We are planning to put together a 7-on-7 Kalev team and hope to play in the European championships."

The women's match was followed by a match between Tallinna Kalev and Porvoo Old Town Shamrocks in the Finnish Men's Championship, with the Estonian side taking their first victory in the 2020 season, defeating the Finnish rival 40:27.

President of Tallinn Kalev Rugby Football Club Kristjan Kotkas was pleased with the new grounds.

Kotkas said: "Having our own field is a essential and large step for Kalev RFC and Estonian rugby as a whole. Rugby should only be played on grass and since there are not many suitable pitches available, it is complicated to find slots to practice. Improved conditions should increase player motivation and make the sport more attractive."

The complex, constructed near Tabasalu, just west of Tallinn, also has two cricket grounds with further developments, including a stadium building, also in the plans.

Urmas Sõõrumaa, president of the Estonian Olympic Committee, was also in attendance on Sunday.

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