It was 2009 that Finland first took part in the ISBHF World Championships. Since that time Finland has participated in four World Championships and its respectable 7th place finish in 2011 is its best performance so far. Up until this year Finland had been without a national federation with many obstacles having stood in the way to establishment. But May 2nd, 2017 witnessed the founding of the Finnish Ball Hockey Association and a major step forward as a very respected world hockey nation. The Finnish Federation is making steps and for now possesses three teams; Peräpohjolan Poropojat, Siivikkalan Pelikassit and the HC Kings which based in Vantaa, a city just 20 km from Helsinki. The HC Kings also competed in the ISBHF World Cup for Clubs in Heilbronn in 2016. The first National Championships will be played in Finland next summer with the hope of having at least four teams at that time as a fourth team has expressed their interest to the federation. Johannes Pukema stated that the ultimate goal in Finland is to develop every year and to have a stronger Finnish national team ready for 2019 in Slovakia. That with the support of the federation, that additional […]
Up and down, down and up, like on a rollercoaster. That is what simply defines what has been happening to the Czech teams in the past days and weeks. Let’s take a look. Czechoslovak Supercup On the 28th October 2017, exactly 99 years after the state of Czechoslovakia was established, the Slovak champions HbK Hokejmarket Skalica hosted the Czech champions HC Kert Park Prague in their The Palety Arena. The game promised to be a great battle of two teams who were not considered as the main title contenders in their domestic leagues at the start of last season. Skalica started strong and created some chances at the beginning of the match, however, it was the team from the Czech capital levelling the pace of the Slovaks and leading both after the first (0-1) and second period (1-2). The third period was a now or never for Skalica and they produced serious pressure on Petr Mikl in Kert Park’s goal. With only 25 seconds to go, Jaroslav Martinusik, a Slovak international, found the loose ball in front of the goal, made it 2-2 and sent the match to overtime. Since neither of the teams were able to find the net […]
As we head into the month of November the ISBHF ball hockey community is hard at work and play; Euro leagues are just hitting their stride and training is well under way for our junior players. But for the ISBHF and our Board of Directors (BOD), we are planning; hard at work collaborating with the Committees that will be holding events for the players of the world in 2018. The Czech Republic and Canada will be hosting the best young players in the world. If you are an aspiring youth player then this is your destination; to experience a phenomenal hockey atmosphere and play the best young players in our sport from the ISBHF family. You must be in the Czech Republic or Canada! We as a Board are very proud also that we will have our first ever U-20 Girls Championship in the Czech Republic. We feel that this is a huge step forward for our Women’s game and its future growth & stability; and one that signals another step in our evolution. We have a hard working Organizing Committee from Bermuda already planning for the first ever World Championship on its sandy shores, as it is set to host the ISBHF World Masters. We are working closely […]
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