This weekend marks another instalment in the famous rivalry between Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade. Both clubs belong to the famous sporting societies that have dominated both Serbian and Yugoslav sport in the last 70 years. In rugby league, Dorcol have been a dominant force since 2002, winning 12 grand finals in a row until Red Star won the major prize 36-26 in 2014.
Since then, both Partizan and Red Star have featured as losing grand finalists in 2015 and 2016 respectively, showing Serbia currently has 3 sides capable of lifting the major trophy in 2017. This brings us to the game at-hand. It’s the strongest rivalry in Serbian sport. Known as the “eternal derby” in other sports such as football and basketball. But the great thing with rugby league is, while the rivalry is strong on the pitch, much respect is shared between the teams off the pitch as they seek to grow the great game and compete with Dorcol.
Recent history suggests that Red Star have the upper hand, with 3 victories from the last 3 competitive games between the two rivals, but Partizan had a highly impressive victory against Dorcol last year and as mentioned above, broke through for their first title in 2015. Even though the scores in the last 2 competitive games have been lop-sided, we are expecting an epic battle this Sunday at Ada Ciganlija (Red Star’s home ground).
The game commences at 2pm with Dorcol playing Radnicki Nis in the late game of Round 1 at 4pm.