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World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) Masters 35+ Championship Wrap Up

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The ball hockey world descended on the Paramount Centre in Mississauga, Ontario this past week for the World Ball Hockey Federation (WBHF) Masters 35+ Championships.  Eight nations clashed in this 5-on-5 format event that featured both Men’s and Women’s Divisions.

Men’s Division

The Men’s Division featured 8 teams, broken out into two pools who would play a four-game round robin before crossing over for the playoff rounds.  Round robin play was very competitive and when the opening games wrapped up on Friday, the standings looked like this:

Group A

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA
Czech Republic 4 4 0 0 8 32 6
Great Britain 4 1 2 1 3 5 10
Team Europe 1 4 0 2 2 2 8 23
India 4 0 3 1 1 3 17

Group B

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA
Canada 4 4 0 0 8 24 5
Team Europe 2 4 3 1 0 6 10 11
Ireland 4 2 2 0 4 14 13
West Indies 4 0 4 0 0 8 19

Playoff Round

In the playoffs, the top two teams would cross over to compete for the A Championship while the bottom two teams would compete for the B Championship. 

The B Championship bracket would feature Team Europe 1, India, Ireland, and West Indies.  Here are the results:

Men’s B Semi-Finals

  • Team Europe (1) 5 – West Indies 2
  • Ireland 6 – India 1

Men’s B Bronze

  • India 7 – West Indies 1

Men’s B Gold

  • Team Europe (1) 5 – Ireland 4
2019 WBHF Men’s B Masters Gold Medal
Team Europe (1)
Source: World Ball Hockey Federation

Men’s A Semi-Finals

  • Czech Republic 3 – Team Europe (2) 2
  • Canada 3 – Great Britain 2

Men’s Bronze

  • Great Britain 5 – Team Europe (2) 2

Men’s Gold

  • Canada 4 – Czech Republic 3 (OT)
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2019 WBHF Men’s Masters Gold Medal
Team Canada
Source: World Ball Hockey Federation

Women’s Division

The Women’s Division showcased four incredibly even teams.  At the end of round robin play, the standings were as follows:

Team GP W L T PTS GF GA
Canada 3 3 0 0 6 8 2
Great Britain 3 0 1 2 2 1 3
Team Europe 3 0 1 2 2 4 5
True North 3 0 1 2 2 1 4

Playoff Round

The playoffs format would be a typical 1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3 style.  There were some incredible games in the playoff rounds, here’s how they all played out.

Semi-Finals

  • Canada 4 – True North 0
  • Great Britain 4 – Team Europe 3

Women’s Bronze

  • True North 2 – Team Europe 1

Women’s Gold

  • Canada 2 – Great Britain 1
2019 WBHF Women’s Masters Gold Medal
Team Canada
Source: World Ball Hockey Federation

Congratulations to both the men’s and women’s squads from Canada who came out with a pair of very tightly contested victories!  The WBHF tournament organizers did an incredible job with this event and it’s fantastic to see how fast the sport of ball hockey is growing internationally. 

For a full breakdown of all the scores, visit the WBHF website by clicking HERE.

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