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Bermuda Ball Hockey Association (BBHA)

Bermuda Ball Hockey Profile:

Ball hockey in Bermuda started in the 1980's by a loosely-knit group of die-hard Canadian hockey fans. Over the years guys would get together Saturday mornings to play 'pick-up' hockey at an old converted outdoor roller-skating rink. The number of players on the Island had grown and in the late 1990's the Bermuda Ball Hockey Association (BBHA) was officially formed. . It was around the late 1990’s that the first semi-annual ball hockey tournaments were organized in Bermuda, called the prestigious Robin Hood Cup (RHC). As the competition for the RHC tournaments grew, so did the level of competitiveness.

In 1999, Bermuda sent its first ever International Team to the USA to play a local 'All-star" ball hockey select team from Leominster, Massacuschetts. Due to a strong showing by Team Bermuda and the contacts made at that very first International event, the BBHA was contacted by the International Street and Ball Hockey Federation and was given a formal invitation to attend the 2001 World Ball Hockey Championships being held the following year in Toronto. Team Bermuda finished 5th in that 2001 World Championship event and has now been a formal member of the ISBHF for 12-years. Since 2001, Bermuda has also participated 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, 2011 World Championships, the 2002 European Cup and Bermuda is the three-time defending champion of the Caribbean Cup in 2004, 2005 and 2008.

David Gazzard BBHA Representative  


Bermuda about their preparation for ISBHF World Championships in St. John´s:

Mr. David Gazzard, a member of Team Bermuda's national men´s team did the following interview on preparation of team with regards to upcoming 2013 ISBHF World Championships in St. John´s, Canada.

    1. At what stage of preparation is your team with regards to next year’s the world championships in St. John’s?
Team Bermuda had its first try out on Sunday February 3rd. We have over 30 men competing for positions on the team this year.
    2. How will the preparation continue in the next months?
Weather permitting; we will continue to hold tryouts at our new outdoor facility for the next 3 weeks. Our goal is to have the team selected by mid March. Once our roster is set, we will practice 2-3 times per week in preparation for the Worlds.
    3. Can you already tell the names of some players of your team?
We are excited to have several new participants along with a few key veteran players this year. Some of our veteran players likely to return this Worlds are Chad Critchley, Chris Coleman, Chris Merritt, Tom Worthington-White and David Gazzard.
    4. What are the expectations you have for St. John's?
Our team goal for St. John’s is to compete hard and earn a ‘B’ Pool Championship. Regardless of whether or not we are able to achieve our goal, Team Bermuda will remain focused on respecting officials and opposing players whilst promoting friendship and good sportsmanship throughout the competition.
    5. Who will become world champion 2013, and why?
We look forward to watching some closely contested games in the ‘A’ pool this year. The team from the Czech Republic dominated last Worlds and must be the favoured team again this year. It’s not easy to repeat…let alone three-peat. We wish them the best of luck.

 

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