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.
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:
|Team Europe 1||4||0||2||2||2||8||23|
|Team Europe 2||4||3||1||0||6||10||11|
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
Men’s A Semi-Finals
- Czech Republic 3 – Team Europe (2) 2
- Canada 3 – Great Britain 2
- Great Britain 5 – Team Europe (2) 2
- Canada 4 – Czech Republic 3 (OT)
The Women’s Division showcased four incredibly even teams. At the end of round robin play, the standings were as follows:
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.
- Canada 4 – True North 0
- Great Britain 4 – Team Europe 3
- True North 2 – Team Europe 1
- Canada 2 – Great Britain 1
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.