The next legs of the 2018 World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) tournament are just about to kick off, and teams from all over the world are getting amped up for their shot at the gold in the Men’s and Women’s 3-On-3, and Men’s Master’s divisions. Having followed several WBHF tournaments in the past, we know that who will take first place is anyone’s guess at this point, but we thought we’d run down some of the games we’re excited to check out this month from November 11th through the 18th in Bratislava, Slovakia.
We’re, of course, excited to see some games out of the ladies’ Team Canada. They always bring their ‘A’ game, and after their – let’s say less than amicable – loss against Team Russia during this year’s 5-On-5 games, we can’t wait to see how they fare against them in a 3-On-3. This will also be our first chance to check out BHi’s Great Britain Heritage Team in a 3-On-3 scenario. It’s a decidedly different game, but we watched a lot of these girls become a tight unit this June and are anticipating a hell of a show out of them this time around. They made no friends against Team Czech Republic this June, so we’re expecting things to get a little heated during any games against them. Of course, Team Slovakia will also be in attendance. We wouldn’t say that they’ve made waves in the past, but this might be their year given their home floor advantage.
We have to say that our most anticipated match out of the preliminary round is Team Great Britain vs. Team Czech Republic. With a multi-tournament rivalry heading into the 3-On-3, things might end up getting a little rough. That said, it’s never a good idea to count Team Canada out of a hockey tournament. They’ve consistently been one of the tougher opponents at the WBHF, and we have no reason to believe this time around is going to be any different. Team Russia, USA, and Slovakia will also be in attendance, but if we had to pick frontrunners, they’d be Team Canada, Great Britain, and Czech Republic.
We’re excited to see what comes out of this division, as it’ll be our first time following a Master’s tournament at this level. Pardon the repetition, but Team Canada is once again a favourite in this division, and we can’t wait for their game against Team Great Britain on November 11th. Team Great Britain will see some returning players on their Master’s lineup, including alumni, Steve Morriss, so we know they’re capable of some skillful play. We’ll see how they stack up against Team Slovakia, Europe, and Czech Republic in due time, however.
One thing we are sure of is that this is going to be a fast-paced tournament. 3-On-3 means the players will constantly have to be on their toes, and stamina is going to be a huge part of the game. The full tournament schedule (including links where you can check in on live streams of the games yourself) can be found right HERE.
But don’t stray too far from Stick Skillz, because we’ll be checking in with the tournament! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for Updates! Good luck to all the teams heading out to compete at the world’s stage. We’ll be watching.