The HBHA is extremely proud to announce that it will be sending a women's team to the upcoming world ball hockey championships in St . Johns Newfoundland. At first the HBHA was indecisive whether their would be any interest to put a team forward. The harsh economic conditions in Greece have made it very hard for those girls to attend a tournament in Canada. However over the past few months many woman have shown interest. The hard work from HBHA members John Kontitsis, Alkie Zisidis, George Vouloumanos and Jim Papastergiou has produced results. Over 16 girls have now confirmed their presence.
"We are very anxious for St.John's, this will be our best team ever. A mix of youth and some veterans will pave the way for growth within the woman's game and spark some serious interest going forward"
Jim Papastergiou will be leading the charge behind the bench. "He brings an impressive ball hockey resume that will propel the women to their potential and their best result ever. We are very happy that he has accepted this challenge"
The woman's roster will be posted on our website within the next few days.
We have also attached the ISBHF article below:
EIGHT TEAMS AT WOMAN'S WC
Group E is lead by team Slovakia who has won the WC 2011 in Bratislava. The team of head coach Jaroslav Kolibik is determined to defend this title. The USA, who attends with a motivated new team, will be the top challengers of the Europeans in this group. B-Pool winner Switzerland will work hard to get in an optimal position to qualify for the A-Pool for the first time in history. The fourth team in this group is the newly formed team Italy, that will try to surprise the three long established competitors.
Seeded on top of Group F are the Canadians. The girls around outgoing head coach Christine Pellerin will move heaven and earth to get the title back they lost two years ago to Slovakia. The team of the Czech Republic, that finished all world championships on the third place, will once again try to break into the canado-slovak phalanx and to qualify for the A-Pool final on 9th June. Great Britain, for the second time at a WC, and Greece, for the third time at a WC, are completing the group. The girls from the British Iles had worked hard in the last two years to shorten the gap to the top teams; everybody is curios on their performance this year. Greece, due to the economic crises in the motherland has struggled hard, but finally managed to put a competitive team together.
ISBHF is looking forward to an excellent women’s WC in Newfoundland.