Slovak Ball Hockey National Team U20 finished with the great performance deserving triumvirate of Slovak Gold medals.
During the whole game Slovak National Team dominated on the floor and nobody was surprised with definitive result after the game.
Individual awards and Final standings are presented at the bottom of the article:
In the game between 2 countries Slovak Republic and Czech Republic,that formed common republic Czechoslovakia in the past, the goals were shoot at the beginning and at the end of the game.
Individual awards and Final standings are presented at the bottom of the article:
Final game of U16 WJC in Bratislava finished with the Gold for Slovak Republic (SVK-CAN 2:1)
In an incredible atmosphere in the Arena of Vladimira Dzurillu a game between Canada and Slovakia was played. Canada shoot a goal in the first period, Slovakia align in second period to 1:1 and 5 minutes before the end of the game Slovakia shoot a goal and won this game.
Individual Awards and Final Standings are at the bottom of the article.
Saturday evening June 28, 2014 ISBHF Coaching Seminar was held in Bratislava, Slovakia. Lectors were Patrik Michnac and Jozef Duris, which presented Ball Hockey Game Analysis System using camera and PC. The Seminar was attended by 30 coaches from participating nations in WJC in Bratislava.
Exhibition games during World Junior Ball Hockey Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia27.06.2014 l
2014 World Junior Ball Hockey Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia
City Bratislava, Slovakia is hosting this week the World Junior Street and Ball Hockey Championships at the Ice hockey Rink of Vladimir Dzurilla in city District Ruzinov.
The exhibition games will take place on Friday June 27 – ball hockey games of Slovak ball hockey national team vs. Selection of players from Slovak Ball Hockey extra-league.
The second one ball hockey game attracts the attention of spectators and fans because of famous hockey and ball hockey stars, which will play exhibition game vs. Slovak ball hockey national team.
27.06.2014, Ice hockey Rink V. Dzurilla, Bratislava, Slovakia:
TOP STAR PLAYERS:
JOZEF STUMPEL – famous former player of NHL, President of Slovak Ball Hockey Union, World Ball Hockey Champion from 1999 and World Ice Hockey Champion 2002
RICHARD ZEDNIK – famous former player of NHL, World Ball Hockey Champion from 1999
RASTO PAVLIKOVSKY – famous former player of NHL, World Ball Hockey Champion from 1999 and World Ice Hockey Champion 2002
JAROSLAV HALAK – famous player of NHL, goalkeeper of New York Islanders
TOMAS STAROSTA - famous player of KHL Yugra Chanti Mantijsk
TOMAS ZABORSKY - famous player of KHL Salavat Julajev Ufa
MICHAL HREUS – famous former player of Slovakia, Silver Medallist from World Ice Hockey Championships 2000
ZUZANA TOMCIKOVA – famous player of Russian Women Ice Hockey league
JANA KAPUSTOVA – famous player of Russian Women Ice Hockey league
EDITA RAKOVA – famous ice hockey player of Slovakia
ĽUDMILA BEDNAROVA - famous ice hockey player of Slovakia
GEORGE GORTSOS – President of International Street and Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF), World Ball Hockey Champion from 1996 and 4 times World World Ball Hockey Champion as Coach of Team Canada
At 5:00 pm after the end of the exhibition game of famous players will take place an autograph session of hockey celebrities will take place (Stumpel, Zednik, Pavlikovsky, Halak, Starosta, Zaborsky, Hreus).
Feel the Atmosphere of the Opening Ceremony from ISBHF World Junior Championships 2014 in Bratislava, Slovakia!
There are 20 teams from 9 countries present on the floor with 500 players ready to fight for Gold medals in 3 categories - U16, U18 and U20!
At the same, feel the nice atmosphere of the spectators in the hall. At the Opening Ceremony welcomed the partcipants City Mayor of Bratislava Mr. Milan Ftacnik, President of Slovak Ball Hockey Union Mr. Jozef Stumpel and WJC 2014 have been opened by by Mr. Roman Torok, Senior Vice-president International Street and Ball Hockey Federation.
During the ISBHF World Junior Championships on the ice rink of famous ice hockey goalkeeper Vladimir Dzurilla, mainly from Canada Cup 1976, will be played incredible 71 games.
History is being made in legendary Vladimir Dzurilla arena in beautiful Bratislava, Slovakia. The ISBHF is welcoming 20 national teams representing 9 member nations. This is the largest World Juniors in the history of our sport. A historical moment.
The players, coaches, referees, parents and fans will see and participate in many great games in the days ahead, and through that develop friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. The personal growth gained through these games by our players, coaches and referees is what we work so hard for and these teams sacrifice so much to attain. And makes us stronger as an ISBHF family.
WJC in Bratislava start Tuesday June 2423.06.2014 l Roman Torok
ISBHF and Slovak Ball Hockey Union would like to inform you than from tomorrow June 24, 2014 to June 29,2014 will Street and Ball Hockey World Junior Championships in the categories U16,U18 and U20 take place in Bratislava, Slovakia in the arenas of famous Slovak Ice hockey goalkeeper Vladimir Dzurilla, which played in the final Canada Cup in the year 1976 - see photo.
You can find information about this World Junior Championships on the website www.wjcbratislava2014.com and all games from this World Junior Championships you can follow via internet broadcasting on the link PLAYO.TV LIVE BROADCASTING
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Cayman scores 1st in inaugural Caribbean Cup
One of the world’s leading figures in ball hockey sees big potential in the Cayman Islands.
International Street and Ball Hockey Federation President George Gortsos was on these shores for the 2014 Caribbean Cup at Kings Sports Centre over the weekend. Cayman would hoist the crown, beating arch-rivals Bermuda for the first time. Based on player feedback and the venue’s performance over the three-day tournament, Gortsos was left with a resoundingly positive first impression.
Cayman top Bermuda, lift Caribbean Cup
The Cayman Islands gained a fresh edge in their long sporting rivalry with Bermuda. Cayman defeated their arch-nemesis for the 2014 Caribbean Cup of ball hockey, beating Bermuda 2-1 in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 score through regulation and overtime. As a result, Cayman is now the region’s best under the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation, winning the tournament on home soil at Kings Sports Center on Saturday. Tim Courtis served as head coach.
Team Austria U20 is preparing for World Junior Championships in June 2014 Bratislava.
2014 Caribbean Cup began06.06.2014 l Roman Torok
June 4, 2014 in the Caribbean sea on the Cayman Islands began the Caribbean Cup with participating teams of Bermuda, Bahamas, USA, Armenia and 2 teams from Cayman Islands.
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2014 Caribbean Cup
Poland U20 team02.06.2014 l
Photo of newcomer in the ISBHF - team Poland U20, which will participate in the World Junior Championship at the end of June in Bratislava, Slovakia.
HBC ALPIQ Kladno Czech Champion for the season 2013/201431.05.2014 l
Third final game won team HBC ALPIQ Kladno with H.A.K. Pardubice 2 to 0 and all series 3 to 0 on the game in the season 2013/2014. After two season is again HBC ALPIQ Kladno Czech Champion.
Oberwil Rebells Swiss Champion for the season 2013/201431.05.2014 l
The third final game in the Swiss NLA won Oberwil Rebells again SHC Belpa 1107 6 to 5 in the exciping third final game. After this game Oberwil Rebels won the series 2:1 and is again Swiss NLA Champion.
Nitrianski Rytieri Nitra Slovak Champion for the season 2013/201431.05.2014 l
Third final game in the Slovak extraleague between teams Hokejmarket Skalica and Nitrianski Rytieri Nitra was played today. After two games from previous weekend gained Nitrianski Rytieri Nitra 2 to 0 in the games. Today third final game was very exciting from beginning. At the end, players from Nitrianski Rytieri Nitra were happy, because they won this game 3 to 1 and all series finished 3 to 0 on the games and Nitrianski Rytieri Nitra obtained fourth time in the series the title Slovak Champion.
During the weekend from May 23-25, 2014 Slovak organisators of WJC invited Technical Director of ISBHF Christoph Curchod for the Inspection journey. At the end of the inspection, Mr. Curchod gave the following interview:
Game Schedule for World Junior Championships in categories U16,U18 and U20 which will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia from June 24 to the June 29,2014 has been approved by ISBHF Board of Directors.
As an added benefit to our ISBHF member nations attending the World Juniors in Bratislava. The Slovak Organizing committee would like to alert the team management and executives that a free internet line will be made available for the purpose of beaming back news as it happens by each National program back home as the teams play games. This will be available on the 1 track in each from both arenas.
Yesterday during regular ISBHF Board of Directors Skype meeting was a new country approved as a new member of ISBHF. During this Skype meeting also Poland representatives Katarzyna and Marcin Kot presented their plans of building Ball Hockey in Poland.
2014 Caribbean Cup will be held in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
The ISBHF is proud to announce that the 2014 Caribbean Cup will be held in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands on June 5 to June 7, 2014 at the Kings Sport Centre. This beautiful facility, equipped with its unique arena and well appreciated air conditioning will be home to 4 National teams coming to Cayman from arch rival Caribbean nations of Bermuda, Bahamas and fellow B Pool nation of Armenia coming to win Gold. Also a group of veteran USA players will represent the USA plus the Cayman Island national team, and a host Cayman squad which will make for 6 teams looking to be crowned 2014 ISBHF Caribbean Cup champions.
Mr. Stuart Wilson, Head Coach from Great Britain National Team U16-20, did the following interview.
The CBHA is proud to announce Gwen Ranquist-Lemieux as the new General Manager of the Women's National Team. Gwen’s resume houses the pedigree that Canada needs to keep the Canadian Women at the top of the World stage. Her goal will be to amass another first class team to embark upon a journey to the Zug ball hockey village that is being prepared for 2015. This contingent will be challenged once again to defend its Gold performance against the ever-improving Women's World level.
The CBHA is proud to announce that Jeff Dzikowicz of the Manitoba Ball Hockey Association has been named as the General Manager of Team Canada Men's. Team Canada has won more Gold medals than any nation in the history of ISBHF events. And the CBHA Board and Executive are proud to give the reins to Jeff to carry on the tradition of excellence that this program has displayed since 1996.
Ms. Katarzyna Kot, President of the Management Board, from Poland national team U20 did the following interview:
Mr. Ian Poulsen, Coach of Canada U20 team is speaking:
Mr. Tyrel Spitzer, Coach of Canadian national team U18:
"Ball Hockey season has just begun in Canada, and excitement for this world championship grows daily! The staff has been in contact to confirm the style of play and direction we will take, now after learning about the players selected for our team, from our scouting staff/general managers. We have a good understanding of our core players on this years team, and the scouting staff/general managers are putting the final touches on our roster. At this point it is important that our staff is on the same page before approaching our players, with clear communication of our objectives."
We continue with Interviews with Coaches preparing the team for upcoming World Junior Championships to be held on June 24-29 in Bratislava, Slovakia. Mr. Dave Weloy is preparing the U16 Canada team for 2014 WJC
The ISBHF and Slovak Ball Hockey Union (SHBU) would like to invite all clubs interested in participation in the 2014 World Cup for Clubs in the city Nitra, Slovakia.
The 2014 World Cup fo Clubs will be held on August from 28 to 31 in Slovakia in the city Nitra (80 km from Bratislava and 150 km from Vienna).
Here is the link to the official website of the event with all relevant information in english:
2014 WORLD CUP IN NITRA
Video from 2013 WC in St. John's03.03.2014 l
Portuguese Ball Hockey from 2013 St. John's World Ball Hockey Championships
Video 2013 WC in St. John's
When we played ball hockey in summer 2013, many people laugh. To gain Gold depends on several small things – says Sidney Crosby.
The Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance (CSTA) is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2014 PRESTIGE Awards (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events), which celebrate the people, places and events that make the Canadian sport tourism industry so dynamic and important to the economic fabric of our communities.
This communication from the Canadian Government Agency (Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance) recognizies the St. John's ISBHF World Championship as a finalist among other high profile Canadian sporting events.
2013 World Ball Hockey Championships (St. John’s, NL)
General Manager for the Junior Division of American Street Hockey Institute answered the questions for both coaches of U18 and U20 US national teams preparing for 2014 World Ball Hockey Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Mr. Jiří Mašík, Coach of Czech U20 team is speaking about team preparation for World Junior Championships in June in Bratislava, Slovakia.
At what stage of preparation is Czech U18 team with regards to the World Chamionships in Bratislava?
Milan Maršner:"Currently we work with a wider selection of players. Within the preparatory period we already went through several training camps, which also included some games, for example against the U20 team. But still there is a lot of work ahead of us."
Mr. Martin Komarek, Coach of U16 Czech team is speaking about team preparation for World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Information and Media Department of ASHI adds several key staff12.02.2014 l
Information and Media Director of American Street Hockey Institute (ASHI) Mr. Chris Bokuniewicz announced several key additions to his department.
Ashley McMasters - Bronx, NY - Information and Fundraising Manager
Caroline McCrea - Pittsburgh, PA - Media and Design Manager
Stacy Gitlin - Plainville, CT - Video Production Coordinator
Leave it to the Swiss. I start 2014 talking about 2015 only to return to 2014. This is the way the weekend went. One great story after another. So we begin how it started. The Swiss Federation and the Zug Tournament Committee team totally impressed the delegates from around the ISBHF family with the venues that they have in place and are planning for WC 2015. From the incredible Bossard Arena which holds 8000 spectators, to the adjoining other two rinks, to the tent they are building outside the arena to have nightly music and festival as the players, coaches, referees and fans finish their daily ball hockey fix. To top it off the Alps are always in your view and the beautiful city of Zug awaits, with a panoramic lake, many restaurant's and pubs, and interesting walks through the old and new part of the town which is the capital of this Swiss region. Certainly all players should know it is a great venue for an event, and the Swiss are ready like the best Swiss watch.
I am also proud to say that the support I garnered along with our ISBHF board was very humbling for all of us. It was an election year, and to be a President for a second term, and to continue on our Core Values for what is important for the sport is something the leaders of the ISBHF all agree on. We had some very key meeting's with some very important sport bodies in Switzerland and will continue the work to make the sport have a solid future. I can tell our ISBHF family that all of us leaders are very much on the same page and working as one!!
Winchendon, MA 1/27/13 — General Manager Chris Banks announced today announced that the American Street Hockey Institute has hired Mark O’Neill as Program Development Director of ASHI. Mr. O’Neill will be responsible for providing leadership and organization relating to the growth and promotion of the sport in the United States. In this new role, he will be assisting tournament organizers, event hosts, and community leaders grow the sport across the country.
Winchendon, MA 1/21/13 — General Manager Chris Banks announced today a key addition to the ASHI staff. Mike Zambon, a native of New Jersey, has accepted the position of Chairman of the Rules and Competition Committee.
In his new position, Mr. Zambon will be responsible for a variety of tasks, primary among them is developing a national rulebook, creating the competition committee to oversee various matters, and representing the United States at international meetings regarding the competition and rules aspects of the sport of street/dek/ball hockey.
ISBHF President and Board members elected in 201420.01.2014 l
The ISBHF President and Board for the next 2 year term has been established at the ISBHF Conference in Zug, Switzerland.
George Gortsos from Canada has been elected as the ISBHF President at the ISBHF Conference that was held on January 18,2014 in Zug, Switzerland.
Vít Řezáč (CZE) and Roman Török (SVK) have been elected ISBHF Senior Vice-presidents.
The following other ISBHF Vice-presidents have been elected:
Christoph Curchod ( SUI)
Tony Iannitto (CAN)
Ricky Laperriere (USA)
Ali Cree (GBR)
John Kontitsis (GRE)
Winchendon, MA 1/20/14 — Head Coach Jay Machin announced today that the 2014 Master’s World Cup of Ball Hockey team captains have been selected.
“The persons selected for the honor Team USA Captain are four of the highest quality players and individuals in the sport today.” said Coach Machin. The selection process was comprised of a vote by the players along with an analysis of the coaching staff.
The captains are:
Anthony Cillo - Long Island, NY - Captain
Patrick Bernas - Buffalo, NY - Assistant Captain
Tom Gallagher - Boston, MA - Assistant Captain
Steven Zambon - Philadelphia, PA - Assistant Captain
Winchendon, MA 12/22/13 — Junior’s Team USA General Manager Scott Tarzy announced today that the coaching staffs have been finalized for the U20 and U18 squads that will compete for the gold medal at the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation’s June 2014 tournament to be held in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The coaching staff for the U20:
● Head Coach - Steve Gregory of Pittsburgh, PA
● Assistant Coach - Mike DeFazio of Lunenburg, MA
● Assistant Coach - Andrew Hildreth of Leominster, MA
● Bench Coach - Tom Ruiz Jr of Williamstown, NJ
The coaching staff for the U18:
● Head Coach - Tony Fischetti of Pittsburgh, PA
● Assistant Coach - Dan Gregory of Pittsburgh, PA
● Assistant Coach - Chris Liebers of Oakmont, PA
Mr. Grégory Dumas, Headcoach of the Swiss national team U 20, gave the following interview on the preparation of the team for the 2014 World Junior Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia.
U20 Slovak National Team is preparing for the upcoming 2014 World Junior Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia as well!
Mr. Zdenek Jurcak did the following interview about preparation of U18 Slovak National Team for upcoming 2014 World Championships in Slovakia.
We continue with the presentation of the interviews done with Coaches of national teams preparing for World Championships to be held on June 24-29, 2014 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Winchendon, MA 12/21/13 — General Manager Chris Banks announced today a key addition to the ASHI staff. Phelps Trobaugh, a native of Leominster, MA, has accepted the position of Community Relations Coordinator.
In his new position, Mr. Trobaugh will be responsible for a variety of tasks, primary among them is helping to communicate the ASHI vision and message to the community, such as parents, volunteers, and sponsors.
Winchendon, MA 12/13/13 — ASHI Master’s Division General Manager Jamie Cooke announced today that the roster of 25 for the 2014 Master’s World Cup of Ball Hockey.
GM Jamie Cooke, Assistant GM Nick Beard, Coach Jay Machin, and assistant coaches Rock Stephan and Desmond Deeter are excited and proud to announce the following 25 players have been selected to represent the United States of America and the American Street Hockey Institute at the 2014 International Ball & Street Hockey Masters Division World Championships in Tampa Bay, Florida.
Winchendon, MA 11/27/13 — The American Street Hockey Institute today announces it has completed their search for the Junior Program General Manager. Scott Tarzy of Marlton, New Jersey, a 15 year coaching and executive veteran of youth street hockey programs, has accepted the Junior Division General Manager position.
“I’m excited to join this program and look forward to working with a great group of people.” said Mr. Tarzy.
2nd National Ball Hockey Championship 2013-1423.11.2013 l
INDIAN BALL HOCKEY FEDERATION (IBHF)
Affiliated to: International Street and Ball Hockey Federation
2nd National Ball Hockey Championship 2013-14
INDIAN BALL HOCKEY FEDERATION inform you that Ball Hockey Association of Rajasthan will be organizing 2nd National Ball Hockey Championship 2013-14 (Senior Men and women) under auspicious of Indian Ball Hockey Federation (IBHF) at Dholur, Rajastan from December 25-27, 2013.
International Street and Ball Hockey federation (ISBHF) rules will be followed strictly.
Secretary General IBHF (Indian Ball Hockey Federation)
Winchendon, MA 11/22/13 — ASHI General Manager Chris Banks announced today that George Tarantino of Lancaster, PA accepted the Men’s Division General Manager position.
“I’m very honored to join the ASHI team and look forward to building the men's team for the next World Championships. In my opinion, with this position comes a responsibility to the sport in the USA to put together a top notch program. I’ve known Chris Banks for several years and when he and I discussed what the GM position needed, I was truly flattered he thought highly enough of me to offer me this position. This is a fantastic opportunity. We have a lot of work to do but I’m anxious to get started. I have a lot of respect for the people I will be working with, and feel it's the beginning of a good relationship.” said Mr. Tarantino.
Mr. Stephan Sidler, Headcoach from Swiss national team U18 is speaking about the preparation for the upcoming 2014 World Ball Hockey Championships in category U18 that will be held on June 24-29, 2014 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
Explanatory comment of the Swiss Association: According to the Swiss high performance conception, the coaches of the Swiss junior national teams are staying with the players, as those move up in the age categories. Mr Sidler took over the U16 in Pisek, is now coaching the U18 in Bratislava and will coach the U20 in 2016.
Winchendon, MA 11/12/13 — Women’s Team USA General Manager Jason Kelly announced today that he has completed the search for the Head Coach, Assistant Coach, and Assistant General Manager positions for the women’s squad that will compete for the gold medal at the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation’s June 2015 tournament to be held in Zug, Switzerland.
The positions were filled by:
● Head Coach - MIke O’Connell of Fitchburg, MA
● Assistant Coach - Jason Glista of Revere, MA
● Assistant GM - Wayne Barrett of Lake Ridge, VA
The ISBHF and Slovak Ball Hockey Union (SHBU) would like to invite all clubs interested in participation in the 2014 World Cup for Clubs in the city Nitra, Slovakia.
The 2014 World Cup fo Clubs will be held on August from 28 to 31 in Slovakia in the city Nitra (80 km from Bratislava and 150 km from Vienna).
The World Junior Championships in categories U16/U18/U20 to be held on June 24-29, 2014 in Bratislava, Slovakia in Arena Vladimira Dzurillu.
8th World Junior Championships in category U20 and 4th World Junior Championships in categories U16 and U18 will take place.
Further information are on the official website of the event:
2014 WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
3rd Master's World Cup in Ball Hockey for Men over 40 and 1st Master's World Cup for Women 35 or over will be held on September 18-21, 2014 in Tampa Bay, USA.
Teams from Canada, USA, Slovakia, Greece and from other countries worldwide will participate in Master's World Cup in each category.
Further information are on the official website of the event:
2014 MASTER'S WORLD CUP
Caribbean Cup will be held on June 4-7, 2014 in Cayman Islands.
Organizers invite all of you to attend this event.
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HBK Nitrianski rytieri Nitra 6:2 (1:0,3:1,2:1) HBT Vlasim
Goals and assists: 1. Rimsky (Kucerka, Titka), 17. Rimsky (Kucerka, Maxin), 18. Cajchan (Kassa, Konig), 31. Riegel (Pavlik, Thron) - 23. Strecha
Old Boys Slovakia 2: 3 (1:0,1:2,0:1) Czech Republic
Goals: Hranek, Miklik – Svancar 2, Kurz
On Sunday October 27, 2013, day before of Anniversary of creation of former Czechoslovakia, the 2nd Czech-Slovak Super Cup for clubs will take place in the Slovak city Nitra.
The idea of Super Cup came from good cooperation between Czech Ball Hockey Association (CMSHB) and Slovak Ball Hockey Union (SHBU) associated in the International Street & Ball Hockey Federation (ISBHF).
World Cup Pardubice: Allstar Team21.09.2013 l Christoph Curchod
Goalkeeper:Michal Straka (Vlaším)
Defender: Andrew Hildreth (Oberwil)
Defender: Tomáš Hák (Pardubice)
Forward: Jan Střecha (Vlaším)
Forward: Ján Rímský (Nitra)
Forward: Libor Topolánek (Vlaším)
World Cup Pardubice: Final Standings21.09.2013 l Christoph Curchod
2nd: Oberwil Rebells
3rd: HBK Nitrianski rytieri Nitra
4th: HbK Hokejmarket Skalica
5th: HBC Autosklo-H.A.K. Pardubice
6th: HBC Hradec Králové 1988
7th: LG A-Z HOKEJ Bratislava
8th: SHC Belpa 1107
9th: Canadian Dirty Birds
10th: SHC Aegerten Biel
11th: London Crusadres
World Cup Pardubice: Day 321.09.2013 l Christoph Curchod
Oberwil Rebells vs HBT Vlašim 0:1In the final game of this outstanding tournament the Oberwil Rebells who won the last two EuroCups faced the Czech champion HBT Vlaším. Would the Swiss be able to win for the third time in a row, or would the Czech be able to keep the title in Europe's biggest ball hockey country? Both teams had respect from the other and therefore a rather defensive oriented game started. As the Rebells executed tactical system, aimed to take the speed out of Vlaším's game and to make it difficult for the Czech so leave their zone, the Czech champion was often foreced to defend himself and could hold the game even during this pahse of Swiss pressure, always resting ddangerous on .breakaways. When ever a dangerous shot was fired on either net, Michal Straka and Stephan Sidler mastered these situations without problems. So no scoring took place and it became more and more obvious, that the game might be decided in one of the few power play situation in this great and fair game. Both teams had killed the first penalty inflicted against them. Then, in the second period, Oberwils Severin Meier was sent into the box for holding. Vlaším carried the game into the zone of the Swiss. At 22:45 it was defender Jan Nýdl who hammered the ball from the blue into the Swiss net, assisted by Marián Juráček. Now Vlaším's could act out of a strengthened defense, while the Swiss had to attack. But Oberwil seemed partly paralysed and struggled some minutes to come back into the game, just when it looked like, the were back into the game they were stopped by another penalty with 2:42 left on the clock. Even though this penalty was killed, the remaining 42 seconds were not enough to break the Czech wall up and to tie the game. An outstanding tournament ended with a high class final won by the Czech champion from the HBT Vlaším. The Oberwil Rebells finish after two win on the second place. Never before a club tournament in Europe had seen that many excellent teams. All teams placed at the end between the 1st and the 8th place were strong enough to win this tournament, if at some point or another that ball would have rolled different or luck would have changed sides. Everybody is looking forward to the next Worldcup which will be played next year in Slovakia. And the European top teams hope, that then, the best North American team of the last decade, Montreal Red Lite, would make its way to Europe for a ball hockey summit as it never has been seen before.
Bronze medal game
HBK Nitrianski rytieri Nitra vs HbK Hokejmarket Skalica 3 : 1In this all Slovak bronze medal game, the champions from Nitra faced the third of last year's championship from Skalica. From the beginning it was clear that both teams wanted to win bronze. A quick and physical game developed, neither team was ready to hold back and so it was quite busy on the penalty box during most parts of the game. As both teams neutralised each other while playing 5 on 5, it was not much of a surprise that the first goal of the game was scored on a power play. Marian Maxin opened the score for Nitra at 8:52 assisted by Marian Kučerka. At 13:17 Radoslav Smetana tied the game for Skalica on a pass from Marek Škadra, it was the only goal in this game that was scored while both teams played in full strength. At 19:37 the Slovak champion took the lead again with Robert Kašša scoring assisted by Marian Kučerka and Michal Hrvnák on power play. Skalica worked hard to come back into the game and was able to carry the game into Nitra's defensive zone, but the Slovak champion closed the room in front of its net and fought all Skalica attacks off. With a few seconds left on the clock and a delayed penalty signalled against Skalica, Marian Kučerka, assisted by Michal Hrvnák, scored the last goal of the game giving Nitra a 3 to 1 victory. Skalica ends the tournament on the 4th place, while Nitra wins bronze. The Slovak champion will work hard over the coming months to lay a good basis to win next year's World Cup that will most likely take place in Nitra.
HBK Nitrianski rytieri Nitra vs Oberwil Rebells 2 : 5Looking back on the last three years, Nitra and Oberwil were most likely the two strongest club teams in Europe. Interestingly they never face each other before today's game. So it was not a surprise that neither team was ready to take too much risk in the opening minutes. Nevertheless an excellent game of ball hockey developed between those two tactically and technically highly skilled teams. Then towards the end of the period, the style of the game totally changed, with three goals marked in just 43 seconds. Robert Kašša opened the scoring the after 10:50 assisted by Marian Kučerka. 11 seconds later Patrick Merz assisted by Adam Roušal tied the game for Oberwil. It took Nitra only further 33 seconds to go ahead again. This time Milan Baniač did the scoring assisted by Partik Martišak. Then the teams resumed their previous playing style. In the second minute of the second period, Partick Merz was fouled on a breakaway, penalty shot for the Swiss. Patrick Roušal took the opportunity and levelled the game. Nitra, alarmed by this goal, worked hard and finally achieved control of the game. In the next minutes the play was most time in the Rebells zone in front of excellent Stefan Sidler in the Swiss net. Even though the pressure was extremely high even while shorthanded, the Slovak champion could not score. Then Tomas Kudela stole the ball from a Nitra player and started a rush over the whole rink, outplaying Tomaš Dubnicky in Nitras net, giving the Rebells the first lead in this game. The Swiss then got into penalty troubles twice. Two big chances for the Slovaks to tie the game, but the Swiss defense stood like a wall. Shortly after the end of the second penalty Patrick Merz scored for Oberwil with a hard shot from the blue line after a faceoff won by Adam Roušal. Nitra tried to come back, and again put pressure on the Swiss net, but it was Patrick Merz who decided the game with his third goal a minute before the end of the period. Oberwil wins 5 to 2 and enters the final for the third time in a row, while Nitra will play for the third place.
HbK Hokejmarket Skalica vs HBT Vlašim 0 : 3The two teams met each other for the second time in this tournament. In the very first game on Thursday morning, Skalica had the defeated the Czech champion thanks to a turnover late in the second period 3 to 1. So Vlaším was warned. Both teams started focussed and concentrated into this important game. As in the vast majority of the games in this tournament, the team that scored first won, both teams acted out of a strong defense. In the first period, Vlaším seemed the more active team, but Skalica had the bigger scoring opportunities. But both keepers, Michal Straka for the Czechs and Jozef Brdečka for the Slovaks mastered all shots fired on their nets. The second period started like the first had ended, with excellent defensive play on both sides. But now it was Vlaším that created the better scoring opportunities. At 20:36 Vlaším scored. A player from Skalica deflected a pass from Vlaším's Libor Topolanek into his own net. Skalica tried to correct thee mischief and worked hard to equalise. As they could act on power play the pulled their goalkeeper with still 2:40 left to play, but Vlaším mastered this tricky situation. At 28:13 Michal Průcha got the ball deep in his own zone and hit Skalica's empty net from across the whole rink. The Slowaks were not ready to give up. Again they pulled their goalkeeper, but the luck was not on their side. With 31 second left Tomáš Horák scored another empty-netter for the Czech champion and definitively decided the game. Vlaším faces the Oberwil Rebells tonight in the final at 8 pm, while Skalica plays Nitra for the third place at 7 pm in an all Slovak bronze medal game.
Games for places 5 to 8What a outstanding tournament, none of the quarterfinal games had ended with more than one goal difference. So even if this was the round of the losers, some great ball hockey could be expected.
LG A-Z HOKEJ Bratislava vs HBC Autosklo-H.A.K. Pardubice 1 : 2 after shout outIn a tight game both teams worked hard to move up into the 5th place game. Matúš Vasil in the net of the Slovak team as well as Peter Smekal supported by their respective defense did a good job. There was no scoring until late in the second period. It was Róbert Pukalovič who brought Bratislava one up assisted by Augustin Hrbárik and Juraj Strapák at 22:52. The host team, pushed by the crowd that had found its way to the arena despite the early hour, tied the game up at 27:41. Ondřej Waber hit the net on a pass by Štépan Hrnčiř. As there was no further scoring, this game had to be decided in a shout out. Ondřej Waber brought Pardubice ahead, but Jozef Zermeš tied immediately for Bratislava. Next shooter for the host was Jan Bílý, and he marked two. As the last three shooters all missed, Pardubice moves up to the 5th place game, while Bratislava will play for the 7th place.
SHC Belpa 1107 vs HBC Hradec Králové 1988 2 : 4The Swiss champion and the runner up of the Czech championship played quite even, with Hradec slowly taking over a kind of control. At 9:03 Ondřej Lux opened the score for the Czech team. Belp reacted; Tyler McFadden tied the game in a power play three minutes later. Another power play, this time for Hradec, gave the Czech team the lead back. The scorer was Jaroslav Tesař. Now the Swiss lost the track and struggled. At 26:17 the Belp's faith looked decided when Jan Bacovský scored the 3 to 1 for the Czechs. The next goal for Hradec seemed only a question of time. But Sven Hofmann in Belp's net played excellent as usually. And suddenly, with 2:12 left on the clock, Jimmy Nistas brought his colours back into reach. The hopes of the Swiss were crashed only 34 seconds later, when Jan Bacovský scored his second goal of the day. With this win, Hradec moves up to the fifth place game vs Pardubice, while Belp will play Bratislava for the 8th place.
HBC Autosklo-H.A.K. Pardubice vs HBC Hradec Králové 1988 3 : 1The game between the teams from the two neighbouring Czech cities developed slowly and only began to win speed after five minutes were played. A first penalty vs Hradec gave Pardubice the chance to open the score. And to the enjoyment of the home crowd Matous Ingrst hit the net on a pass from Pavel Kubes.at 7:06. What has started as a rather boring game now became a excellent performance of ball hockey with scoring changes on both sides. Another penalty was called against Hradec and again the host of this great tournament scored. This time it was Pavel Kubes on a pass from Matous Ingrst. In the opening minutes of the second period Pardubice got its first penalty in the game. Now it was Hradec turn to prove that their special team is as strong as the one from Pardubice. Jaroslav Tesar scored assisted by Tomas Jirik and Jan Hrabica. Now Hradec pressed for the equalizer, but Lukas Heczko in the net of Pardubice played an excellent game and didn't allow Hradec to score. In the closing minutes, the runner up of the Czech championship had to take some risks to score, and promptly it was Pardubice who used the free room in the Hradec zone to decide the game. Pavel Kubes put the ball into the net on passes of Andrej Waber and Jan Bily 3 to 1 for Pardubice. The host who only lost one game in this tournament, the quarterfinal vs Oberwil, finishes the tournament on the 5th place, while Hradec finishes on the sixth place.
LG A-Z HOKEJ Bratislava vs SHC Belpa 1107 3 : 2The team from the Slovak capital started better into the game than the team from the southern suburb of the Swiss capital. Even though the importance of the game was not that high, the teams wanted to show the crowed a good game and both performed well. On their first attack the Swiss were able to score, a Slovak player deflected a pass from Yannick Strähler into his own net. The game was now pretty even with Bratislava slowly getting stronger. But the Slovaks needed a power play to equalise the game. At 9:09 a shot from Robert Pukalovic found the way into the Swiss net. Only a minute later, Bratislava turned the game, Marek Kanich hammered the ball into the net aft a scrimmage. Both teams played now even strong. No scoring happened during the rest of the first period. At 18:57 in the second Jimmy Nistas hammered the in the upper right corner of the Slovak net, equalising the game for his colours. Belpa now dominated the game. But after a timeout Bratislava was back and Belp got into penalty troubles. At 24:42 Rastislav Virag gave his colours the lead again. Even though Belp worked hard, no further scoring took place. Bratislava finishes the tournament on the 7th place Belp on the 8th place. Just to show how close the top teams were at this event neither team lost any game with more than 2 goals difference.
Games for places 9 to 11
SHC Aegerten-Biel vs Canadian Dirty Birds 2 :3 after shout outIn this game the team with the highest average age faced the team with the youngest average age. And somehow this could be seen on the rink. The younger ones the Swiss, had more power to run after a long and exhausting tournament, while the older one, the Canadians had the experience and knew how to stop the attacking Swiss. And they had still enough power for quick breakaways. And while the Swiss missed some great scoring opportunities, the North Americans did better, when they got their chances. Jay McCinnon brought the Dirty Birds 1 to 0 up, with a little bit more than one minute left in the first period. The second period was similar to the first, the Swiss had more possession of the ball, but the Canadians played cleverer; and could score again. This time it was Chris Sirovyak who netted the ball at 22:37, while a delayed penalty was signaled against Aegerten-Biel. But the game was not yet over. And finally the Swiss could celebrate their first goal, scored by Reto Ramseier, the oldest player on the team. With still one goal up, the Dirty Birds got into penalty troubles in the last minutes of the second period. Aegerten-Biel got a 5 on 3 power play and pulled the goalkeeper. With 6 on 3 the Philippe Hefti managed to equalise the game for the Swiss at 28:41. As there was no further scoring yet another shout out took place. Shaun Kozun netted the ball for the Dirty Birds, the first Swiss shooter missed. Travis Sturko scored on the second one for the Canadians. Pascal Gutmann handled the pressure well and shortened for the Swiss. As there was no further scoring, the Dirty Birds from Alberta Canada won and finished the 1st Worldcup on the 9th place, while the SHC Aegerten-Biel finished on the 10th place.
World Cup Pardubice: Day 2, Quarterfinals21.09.2013 l Christoph Curchod
HBK Nitrianski rytieri Nitra vs LG A-Z HOKEJ Bratislava 1 : 0 after shout outThe re-match of the Slovak playoff final turned out to be a tight and exciting one. Both teams knew each other very well and were not able to give the opposition any room. In the first period, Bratislava was the more active team, but was not able to overcome Notra's defense in front of the excellent Tomaš Dubnicky who replaces the injured Slovak goalkeeper legend Stanislav Petrik more than well in this tournament. In the second period, things changed, now Nitra was as active as Bratislava. But as both teams neutralised each other in this fast and highly contested game, there was no scoring in regulation. As the five minutes overtime ended scoreless, a shout out had to take place. After a missed shot on each side, Branislav Varga brought Bratislava one up. As the next two shooters missed, the runner up of the Slovak championship was still one up, when Ján Rímsky took the last shot for Nitra, and equalised the game. Still tied the shout out went into the second phase. Now it was Nitras turn to start and they sent in Ján Rímsky again. After a great move he shoveled the ball backhanded into the net. Bratislava sent Bransilav Varga to tie the game up, but he could not score again. WIth a 1 to 0 shout out win, Nitra moves up to the semifinals while Bratislava will play for the ranks 5 to 8.
HBC Autosklo-H.A.K. Pardubice vs Oberwil Rebells 2 : 3At the end of this game either the host or the titleholder would have to bury their hopes to make the final. Both teams started concentrated into the game. The host might have been a little bit over motivated and got into early penalty troubles. The first power play was killed, but in the second one Yannick Sterchi gave the Rebells the lead assisted by Severin Meier. In the following minutes it looked like the host had lost completely the track. Pardubices coach took his timeout and the game changed. The Czech team was now much more focused. At 9:50 Petr Urban equalised the game on passes from Andrej Waber and Filip Förstel. Now it was the Swiss team that seemed to be off track. Pardubice pressed for the lead and it looked like it would be only a question of time until the host would turn the match. But the game took yet another turn, when Raphael Melliger scored with a wrist shot just after crossing the blue line. In the second minute of the second period another penalty was called against Pardubice. Thomas Kudela scored for the Rebells assisted by Patrick Döbeli and Adam Rousal. It took the host several minutes to recover from this blow. A penalty against the Swiss brought them definitively back into the game. The titleholders managed to kill the penalty, but Pardubice scored just after the fifth Swiss player entered the rink. Tomas Hak, brought his team back to 2 to 3 and re-lit the hopes of his team as well as the ones of the excited crowed in the beautiful CEZ arena. Pardubice pressed hard on the equaliser, but somehow the Swiss managed to deny them any further scoring. In the end the luckier team won a game that could have as easily gone to the other side. Oberwil will match up Nitra in tomorrow's semi-finals, while Pardubice will face Bratislava in the semi-finals for the places 5 to 8.
SHC Belpa 1107 vs HbK Hokejmarket Skalica 2 : 3In the first minute of the game a Swiss player was sent into the box with a double minor for high-sticking, a great opportunity for the 3rd of the Slovak championship to score. But as Belps boxplay did a good job, Skalica was not able to make profit of this situation. When Belp was on full strength again, an even game developed, both teams worked hard to score. Skalica tried to bring the play into the zone of Belp. The Swiss could steal the ball and initiated a quick break away with Petr Rybon opening the score for the Swiss champion. Skalica reacted almost immediately. Belp was on powerplay and felt to secure, so the Slovaks could steal the ball and Jaroslav Martinusik turned up alone in front of Sven Hofmann in Belp's net and leveled the game one minute later. No more scoring occurred in first period. In the opening minute of the second period Marc Müller gave his colours the lead again. But there was more than enough time left for the Slovaks to react. Both teams created scoring opportunities, but no further scoring happened, until Milan Rampacek found himself alone in front of Belp's net on a breakaway in the 24th minute and scored. Now Belp struggled and Skalica put on pressure. Only one minute later the Swiss defense forgot Jaroslav Martinusik in front of the net who scored his second goal in the game to give his colours the lead. The Swiss champion was somewhat paralyzed by this double blow and not able to react. So Skalica could bring the one goal lead quite easily over the last minute. The Slovaks move up to the semi-finals, while Belp will play for the ranks 5 to 8.
HBT Vlašim vs HBC Hradec Králové 1988 3 :2 after shout outThe rematch of last year's final of the Czech playoffs turned out to be as narrow and exciting as was the rematch of the Slovak final earlier in the day. Hradec was the slightly more active team in the beginning of this high class game, but as Vlašim's defense worked well, the Czech vice champion was not able to score while the teams plaid 5 on 5. A penalty against Vlašim changed this. Petr Švanda opened the score for Hradec assisted by Jan Fišer in the 13th minute. Now the Czech champion had to react, and he did. At 2:51 in the second period Martin Špale tied the game assisted by Libor Topolánek. The quality of the game was on a very high level, neither team was ready to allow the other one any free room. So it was logically, that the next goal happened in a power play situation. Jan Střeska gave the Czech champion the lead with 4:02 left on the clock. Vlašim felt too safe after this goal, and was promptly punished by Hradec. 22 seconds after the 2 to 1 Jan Bacovský tied the game for Hradec on a quick break away assisted by Tomáš Jiřík and Petr Novák. As there was no further scoring neither in the second period nor in the overtime, a shout out had to take place. Jan Střeska opened the shout out and brought Vlaším one up. The two first shooters of Hradec as well as the second shooter from Vlaším did not score, so Martin Špale could make everything clear for his colours, and he did and brought the Czech champion into the semi-finals where they will match up with the 3rd of the Slovak championship. Hradec will meet Belp in the semi-finals for the places 5 to 8.
World Cup Pardubice: Day 2, Quarterfinal Qualifications and 9th to 11th place games21.09.2013 l Christoph Curchod
Quarterfinals qualificationThe three first games of day 2 of the first every ball hockey World Cup for clubs were the quarterfinal qualification games. While the winners would move up to the quarterfinals the losers will play in a round robin style pool for the places 9 to 11.
LG A-Z HOKEJ Bratislava vs SHC Aegerten-Biel: 4 : 0In the first game the runner up of the Slovak championship face a very defensively acting Swiss team. Bratislava, focussed on reaching the quarterfinals, immediately applied huge pressure on the Swiss net, letting Aegerten hardly clearing the zone. Still the Swiss build a wall in front of their goalkeeper, not allowing the Slovaks to score. As a player from Aegerten had to take place in the penalty box, Branislav Varga finally opened the scoring in the 8th minute of the game. It was Branislav Varga again who gave his colours a two goal lead still in the first period. In the second period the Slovak team slowed somewhat down, still clearly controlling the game. It was Branislav Varga again who competed his personal hattrick in the second minute of the second period. 3 to 0, the game was decided. Aegerten-Biel continued to fight to prevent a huge defeat. They did this quite successful and allowed Bratislava only one additional goal. This was shot by Marián Mikulčik three minutes before the end of the game. Bratislava moved up to the semi-finals to play - as they did in last years playoff finals in Slovakia - the Slovak champions from Nitra.
Oberwil Rebells vs Crusadres London 7 : 1The winner of last year's EuroCup immediately took over control of the game, pushing the Crusaders back into their zone. The British had problems with the ferocious attacks of the Swiss. Several of their players had to go to the penalty box in the opening minutes. The power play of Oberwil was excellent, brining the team quickly 3 to 0 ahead. But London didn't hand that one in so easy. They believed in their chances and after 8:30 in the first Jozef Vaniak scored the first goal ever for the British team on a ISBHF club championship; he was assisted by Branislav Holzer and Martin Holzer. But the British hopes lasted only for seconds, then Oberwil reacted and scored the 4 to 1. Then the Swiss continuously rose the score throughout the rest of the game to the final score of 7 to 1. With this win Oberwil moves up to quarterfinals where the host team from Pardubice is awaiting them.
Canadian Dirty Birds vs HbK Hokejmarket Skalica 0 : 1Game number three of the quarterfinals qualifications was by far the tightest. Skalica tried right from the beginning to monopolize the game in front of the Dirty Bird's net; but they were not able to hold the zone for long time. The Canadians had formed their defense well and were eagerly looking for breakaways. And they created with this as dangerous scoring opportunities in front of Skalica's net as the Slovaks did in front of the Canadian one. Great goalkeeping by Darren Ewanyk and his Slovak counterpart Jozef Brdečka kept both teams away from scoring. In the 18th minute, it was finally Denis Vadik on a pass of Marek Škadra who brought the Slovak team one up. But the Dirty Birds showed big fighting spirit, working hard to tie the game. They created scoring great opportunities but didn't score. Then, with less than three minutes to be played, a player from Bratislava was sent into the box: the big chance for the Canadians to equalize. But a Slovak got a breakaway, the Canadian defender could only stop him with a foul, and gone was the hope to equalize the game. Skalica killed the rest of the game time, winning this close and excellent game only by inches. With this win Skalica moved up into to quarterfinals to match up with the Swiss champion from Belp. .
Games for places 9 to 11
SHC Aegerten-Biel vs London Crusaders 4 : 2In the first game of the round robin style tournament for the places 9 to 11 the British champion from London faced the runner of the Swiss cup, Aegerten-Biel. Only a little more than one minute was played, when a Swiss player was sent into the box. A great chance for the British to take the lead, but the outcome was a totally different one. Only seconds were left of the penalty when Thomas Kunz was sent on a breakaway bringing his colours 1 to 0 up. The Swiss controlled the game almost during the whole period. WIth about two minutes left, Mirko Hofer out passed the Crusaders' defense and sent Pascal Gutmann who overcame Martin Tyrol scoring the 2 to 0. Game over for London? By far not, the second period saw a British team that was much more focused than in the first 15 minutes. Vojtech Christof assisted by Martin Holzer in the 17th and Martin Holzer on passes by Branislav Keckes and Vojtech Christof in the 19th minute tied the game for the Crusaders. The game had turned. London was now in control and it looked like being only a question of time until they would take the lead. A penalty finally stopped the run of the Londoners. Allthough, they successfully killed it they had to allow the Swiss to score only seconds later. Roman Schürch brought his colours up again. But the game was far from being over. Soon Aegerten-Biel got penalised. A big chance for the Crusaders, but it went by. The British pulled their goalie. A deflected lop from Mirko Hofer found its way into the empty British net. So the game ended 4 to 2 for Aegerten-Biel.
Canadian Dirty Birds vs London Crusades 4 : 1In the second game of the round robin style tournament for the places 5 to 8 a pretty even game developed with a slight advantage for the Canadian team. Both defenses worked well, so no score happened while the teams played on even strength. This changed when the Dirty Birds could act on power play. Roop Baweja gave his colours the lead after 6:23. As both teams pretty much neutralised each other, no further scoring happened in the first period. Again, it was a power play that allowed the North Americans to widen the gap. John Kinan scored assisted by Jay McKinnon. Only two minutes later the very same players struck again giving the Dirty Birds a 3 to 0 lead. When Trevor Ellsworth scored another one for the Canadians, the game seemed decided, but now the Dirty Birds got in some penalty troubles, offering the Crusaders to shorten the gap. But Londons powerplay wasn't as strong as the one of the opposition, they only managed to score in the second one, but with only 10 seconds left on the clock, the goal marked by Roman Horvath assisted by Branislav Keckes and Vojtech Kristof came too late for the British. With this loss the London Crusaders finish the tournament on the 11th place, while the Dirty Birds will face the SHC Aegerten-Biel tomorrow afternoon in the last game of this round robin, which now turns out to be the 9th place game.
World Cup Pardubice: Day 120.09.2013 l Christoph Curchod
The first ISBHF World Cup for club team's, is currently played in the city of Pardubice, in Czech Republic. Already on the opening day, several big games took place.
In the round robin phase, the teams contested in four groups of three. The winner of each group could move directly into the quarterfinals, while thee two other teams have to play quarterfinal qualifications
Group AIn the first game of the group Slovak champion the HBK Nitrianski rytieri Nitra matched up with the British champion, the London Crusaders. Even though the team from the British capital worked hard, there was hardly any doubt on the outcome of the game. After the frist resistance was overcome, the Slovaks celebrated a clean 7 to 0 win.
In the second game, the men from the British Iles faced another European top team, the HBC Hradec Králové 1988, runner up of the Czech championship. Still tired from their first game, the Crusaders again fought with passion and a lot of spirit, but the Czech were better today and won the game 8 to 0.
The situation before the last game of the group was clear: As Hradec Králové had the better goal differential; they only needed a tie to win the group, while Nitra needed to win. The game between those two top teams was tight and on very high level, skill wise and tactically. For a long time, the two teams managed to neutralise each other. Finally in the 4th minute of the second period, Partik Martiška scored for Nitra on power play assisted by Milan Beniač and Ivan Káčer. Even though Hradec Králové worked hard to tie the game up, Stanislav Petrik in the net of the Slovak champion didn't allow any scoring during the rest of the game. Nitra won the group and qualified directly for the quarterfinals. Due to the no show of the team from Luxemburg, Hradec Králové too, is qualified for the quarterfinals.
Group BIn the first game of this group, the host, the HBC Autosklo-H.A.K. Pardubice, seventh of last year's Czech league, face the SHC Aegerten-Biel, runner up of last season's Swiss cup. During the summer break, Pardubice made several big transfers and is now one of the top contenders, for the Czech championship as well as for the World Cup. The story of this game is told quickly: Pavel Kubeš opened the score for the locals after 46 seconds. While the Swiss were not able to turn their power play possibilities in to goals, the Czechs were much more efficient in this. Kubeš in the 7th minute and Förstel in the 13th minute both scored on power play, giving their colors a safe lead. In the second period, the Swiss tried to come back, but couldn't overcome Pardubice's defense. Jan Bilý, who had played last season in the Swiss league, added an another goal for the hosts to the 4 to 0 victory.
The second game of this group was truly a historical one. It was the first official ISBHF game between a Canadian and a European club team. The SHC Aegerten-Biel faced the Canadian Dirty Birds from the province of Alberta. Optically the game was pretty even, the Swiss even got more possession of the ball, but there were a few small but decisive differences. The Dirty Birds were much more efficient in front of Biel's net. After the Swiss had missed several scoring opportunities; John Kinan did much better for his colors, giving the men from Canada the 1 to 0 in the 4th minute assisted by Jeff Antoniuk. The team from across the Atlantic then got into penalty troubles, but the Swiss team, not used to the 5 vs 4 power play, as Switzerland is the last country that still plays four on four in the highest league, wasn't able to score on the seven power play's they had during this game. Early in the second period Bobby Cantera gave his colors a two goal advantage, but the Swiss reacted and Roman Schürch brought Biel back into range only three minutes later. The game rested close until with three and a half minute left on the clock, John Kinan hit the net for the second time in this game bringing the Dirty Birds 3 to 1 up. The Swiss worked hard to come back and finally pulled their goalie. But it was Shaun Kozun who empty-netted the ball with 8 second left on the clock, assuring the 4 to 1 win of the Dirty Birds.
In the 3rd game, the Canadian Dirty Birds faced HBC Autosklo-H.A.K. Pardubice. The Czech top team; immediately took over the control of the game, closing the rooms for the North Americans and running attack after attack on the Canadian net. The men from Alberta got into penalty troubles again, and the power play of Pardubice was very efficient. In the end, the host could celebrate a rather easy 8 to 0 win.
Group CAs the team from Luxemburg didn't show up, ony one game was played in this group. The runner up of the Slovak championship, LG A-Z HOKEJ Bratislava, faced the Swiss champion, the SHC Belpa 1107. The spectators in the beautiful CEZ Arena in Pardubice saw an excellent game of ball hockey between those two top teams. Bratislava optically gained some advantage, but wasn't able to beat Sven Hofmann behind an excellent Swiss defense. The champions from the suburb of the Swiss capital were more successful in front of the Slovak net. Bratislava had just killed a penalty when Alessio Faina, assisted by Jimmy Nistas gave the Swiss the 1 to 0 lead late in the first period. Bratislava pressed on the equalizer in the second period but without success. When Belp's Tyler McFadden piut the ball into the Slovak net after a nice solo action with less the two minutes left on the clock, the game was decided in favour of the Swiss champion.
Group DThis group was the most equal of the whole round robin. The Czech champion, HBT Vlašim, the Swiss runner-up and winner of 2012 Eurocup, Oberwil Rebells, and the third of the Slovak championship, HbK Hokejmarket Skalica faught for the direct spot in the quaterfinals. In the first game Vlaším faced Skalica. In this excellent game the Czech champion got the better start. In the 4th minute Jan Střecha scored on power play assisted by Pavel Dušek. Vlaším was the better team in the rest of the first period, but wasn't able to score again. The score stayed unchanged until long into the second period. Skalica slowly became stronger. Finally it was Milan Rampáček who turned the game for the Slovaks with two goals within 45 seconds. He was assisted by Peter Janáč for the first goal and by Radoslav Petrovič and Luboš Krajsa for the second goal. Now the Czech champion woke up, trying to turn the game again in the four and a half minutes left. But, the Slovak defense stayed clean. With the Czech goalkeeper pulled, Skalica's Juraj Konínek empty-netted the ball with one second left on the clock.
In the second game Skalica - still tired from the exhausting game vs Vlaším - faced the cup holder, the Oberwil Rebells. The Swiss took control of the game. In the 5th minute Andrew Hildreth opened the score for Oberwil. Slightly more than one minute later, Yannick Sterchi added one more for the Swiss on power play. The Slovaks came better into the game. Still in the first period, Radovan Zelenka brought Skalica back into range on power play. But the Swiss reacted an with seconds left on the clock, Adam Roušal gave Oberwil the two goal advantage back. Yves Stucki added another goal for the Swiss in the opening minutes of the second period. With three minutes left on the clock, Michal Patinka restored the hope in the rows of the Slovak team, bringing them back to 2 to 4. But again the Swiss reacted. Yves Stucki decided the game with his second goal in the 29th minute.
It was a sign of the equilibrity of this group, that the third game saw the third winner. Now Oberwil was still recovering from its game against Skalica, while Vlašim had almost fully recovered from its first game. Still in the opening seconds the Swiss pressed for the Czech goal, but when the Czech champion turned up in front of the Swiss net for the first time, they scored. Tomáš Horák gave his colors the lead after 1:22. In the 5th minute Marián Juráček scored for Vlaším in power play. This somehow shocked the Swiss and they seemed not able to react. Thanks to Jan Bartjeas and Jan Nýdl, the Czech champion had a quite comfortable 4 to 0 lead after the first period. But nothing was decided yet, due to the results in the previous games, Vlaším needed a win with at least three goals to win the group, wels Oberwil would win it. When Yves Stucki scored on power play in the opening minutes of the second period, the Swiss hopes to win this group rose again. But another power play goal for the Czech champion made everything clear; Pavel Dušek brought Vlaším 5 to 1 in front with 7 minutes left on the clock. The game still stayed interesting, as one more goal scored by Vlaším and the Swiss would end up on the third place in this group. At the end the Czech champion won the game 5 to 1 and the group, while Oberwil finished second.
The schedule of the upcoming 2013 World Cup for clubs to be held on September 19-21, 2013 in Pardubice, Czech Republic.
Master's World Cup in Tampa Bay,Florida16.08.2013 l George Gortsos
I am proud to announce the location for the 3rd Master's World Championship to be held in September 2014: beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida.
This celebration of Master's players will also proudly host the 1st Women's World Masters.
I invite you and your players and families to join us in Tampa Bay for this Master's World Championship."
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2013 B-POOL World Champions26.06.2013 l
Bermuda National Men's Team
We present the Individual Awards holders in categories A-POOL, B-POOL and Women.
2013 World Ball Hockey Champions26.06.2013 l
Canada National Women's Team
2013 World Ball Hockey Champions26.06.2013 l
Slovak National Men's Team
B-Pool Bronze Medal Game04.06.2013 l Christoph Curchod
Due to the request of our B Pool Nations, the ISBHF has scheduled a Bronze medal game for Sunday June 9th at 8:30 arena at Jack Byrne Arena.
Referees at WC02.06.2013 l George Gortsos
Here is the first team picture of the ISBHF World Championships. In it you have the referees team that will be whistling the 80 games that follow and begin today. The referees come from seven nations, are sporting the new ISBHF ref uniforms for the event and are lead by ISBHF RIC`s Tina Kirschner of Germany, Jaroslav Pikula of the Czech Republic and Dave Shaw of Canada. Here is the ISBHF Referee team for 2013.
WC 2013: Live Streaming31.05.2013 l Christoph Curchod
Watch all games of the 2013 WC in St, John's live on the internet.
The official Schedule of the upcoming ISBHF World Senior and Women Ball Hockey Championships to be held on 2nd - 9th June 2013 in St. Johns, Newfoundland is here.
What the head coach of Czech Republic's women team Karel Manhart says about
preparations of his team for the tournament
The upcoming WORLD CUP for CLUBS will be held in Pardubice, Czech Republic on September 19 to 21 (from Thursday to Saturday) 2013.
Phuket, a famous resort of Thailand, hosted the 19th annual Mekong Cup. This venue has the longest ball hockey tradition in Asia and all pioneers of this wonderful sport participated there. Many years ago the tourney founder Richard Meiklejohn handed over the organization to John Casella who took on to arrange the tournament for the best ball hockey players in Asia.
„John is a right person on a right place. No wonder he was approved to become the very first inductee into Southeast Asian Ball Hockey Hall of Fame, „ says Vit Rezac, ISBHF Senior Vice President who has visited the venue this year.
Mr. Oliver Jung, Team Manager of Germany national men´s team did the following interview.
As the Ball Hockey UK domestic calendar draws to a close, the 2013 World Championships in St John’s Newfoundland moves into focus.
We present today interview with Mr. Chris Banks, GM and Head Coach of USA men´s team participating in the ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships in St. John´s.
The ISBHF is proud to announce the participation of eight teams at the women’s division of the ISBHF world cup in St. John’s.
For the round robin the teams are divided into two groups:
With the commitment of the German Ball Hockey Association the A-Pool of the 2013 ISBHF WC in St. John's is complete. As in Bratislava in 2011 there will be ten teams in the A-Pool.
For the round Robin, that will take place from 2nd to 6th June, the teams will be divided into two groups according to the classification of the 2011 WC.
We present the interview with Head Coach of Swiss men team Mr. Tibor Kapanek about preparation for 2013 World Championships in St. Johns.
Mr. Kevin Hunter did the following interview about preparation of team Cayman Island with regards to the upcoming World Championships in St.John's.
On March 2-3, 2013 were 2 matches played between Czechia and Slovakia that finished with winning of team Slovakia 5:3 on Saturday and with winning of team Czechia 2:1 on Sunday. The meeting of representatives of both national ball hockey federations led by President Jozef Stümpel (Slovak ball hockey union) and Josef Kozel (Czech street hockey association) took place during this weekend as well.
New website of the 2013 World Championships in St. John´s01.03.2013 l
The Canadian host is presenting you the new official website of the upcoming 2013 World Senior and Women Ball Hockey Championships in St. John´s, Newfoundland.
Here is the link: st.johns2013wc.com
Ms. Linda Spina, Vice President of the Italian national ball hockey federation (INBHF), did the interview on preparation of national women´s team for the upcoming ISBHF World ball hockey championships 2013 in St. John´s.
We continue in presenting the interviews with participants at the ISBHF World Ball Hockey Championships in St. John´s, Newfoundland. Mr. Claudio Romano from Italian national ball hockey federation (INBHF) did the following interview.
We are presenting you the official logo of the upcoming 2013 World Senior and Women Ball Hockey Championships in St. Johns.
Mr. Naveed Mohammad and Mr. Ali Wadee about preparation of Pakistan´s national men´s team.
Mr. David Gazzard, a member of Team Bermuda’s national men´s team did the following interview.
Congratulation to Vit birthday04.02.2013 l
On behalf of the ISBHF family and the sport of ball hockey.
We would like to wish one of the leaders of our sport, and past President of the ISBHF from our Czech Federation family, Vit Rezac a Happy 50th Birthday.
We thank Vit for all his many years of service to the members of the ISBHF.
And we hope he has a great birthday and year, filled with health and happiness.
And we hope he stays close to his ball hockey family for many years ahead.
From the ISBHF Board and secreatariat and on behalf of all ball hockey members, coaches and players around the World.
2 friendly games between Slovak and Czech mens teams31.01.2013 l
Slovak Ball Hockey Union and Czech Street Hockey Association would like to announce you that a friendly match between these 2 nations will take place in ball hockey arena in Gajary, Slovakia on March 2-3, 2013.
The first match begins at 5:00 PM CET on Saturday March 2 and second match at 10:30 AM CET on Sunday March 3.
PILSEN CHALLENGE CUP 2013, ISBHF tournament of 3 ISBHF national teams from Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland and home club HBC Pilsen, was held in nice city Pilsen in Czech Republic on January 25-27. These European national teams took this as a very good possibility of preparation for the coming World Championship in St. John´s June 2013 in Canada.
Discover wonderful city St. John's23.01.2013 l
City St. John's in Newfoundland will host the upcoming World Ball Hockey Championships in June 2013.
Come to discover one of North America’s oldest cities. A city unlike any other.
Destination St. John's
Wort des Präsidenten
Präsident der ISBHF
My wish for our sport in 2014 is that it continues on a path of growth, excellence and strategic values that the leaders of our sport have worked on and agreed are key to our future these past two years and will continue to work on this unified path so that it will benefit all the players and nations the ISBHF today and in the years ahead.
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