Swiss Street Hockey Association
Switzerland Women's Ball Hockey Profile:
Womens ballhockey in Switzerland is unfortunately still very small, having a championship with only five teams. The only advantage of this situation is, that the players know each other very well and have therefore an excellent team spirit. We hope that we will be able to grow our womens program in the coming years
Our womens teams has lost a few of its older players. But the have been replaced by some excellent younger players.
There are many motivated people and they’re convinced with engagement, an important step can be made for the future. This is the fourth time, that a Swiss Women team takes part on championships. After Pittsburgh 2005 and Pilsen 2009. In 2009 Swiss Team wins the B-Pool with a unexpected victory over Czech Republic.
The Strengths of the team is the condition. Swiss Team is 100% full with Streethockeyplayers – there are no Ice Hockey players in this team. The Team starts with positive emotions and experiences from Pilsen.
We expect, that the team will be as strong as it was in Bratislava.
Switzerland about their preparation for ISBHF World Championships in St. John´s:
Mr. Stefan Ruch, Head Coach of the Swiss women´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?
The Swiss female national team is already practicing together since 2011. The new team was formed and the retired players could be replaced. During the season 2011/12 the players were scouted during the championship games as well as in two team gatherings. The best players of the league could be convinced to join the national team. However, due to the big financial expenses in connection with the journey to St. Johns, a few players had to withdraw from the team (each player needs to cover the costs of CHF 2’000). Nevertheless we have a good team together.
- 2. How will the preparation continue in the next months?
During the current season 2012/2013 the Swiss national team will come together for several trainings (in small groups focusing on defence and offense) until January 2013. As the Swiss women's league is plaid in tournament stile fashion, the trainings will take place after some of the tournaments, so no additional travelling is necessary and the players can profit a lot. In April / May 2013 there will be two training weekends whereas the team is finally prepared for the upcoming world championships.
- 3. Can you already tell the names of some players of your team?
The team consists to 80% of the team that already played in Bratislava 2011:
Goalkeepers: Locatelli, Blaser, Pysarevitch
Defenders: Grädel, Chavaillaz, Jacot, Berchtold, Steiner, Müller, Gänsslen, Apothéloz Centers: Tscherrig, Noel, Bruttin, Revey
Wings: Janjic, Gaudin, Salm, Rätz, Oliveira, Loretan, Stoffel One or two players will be nominated at a later stage.
- 4. What are the expectations you have for St. John's?
Since there are several new players in the team, the team as a whole has less experience then in Bratislava. However, an exploit like against Czech Republic as in 2009 is always possible if the team can perform at its best, since the core of the team already consists for four year.
- 5. Who will become world champion 2013, and why?
The home advantage is certainly a criterion in favour of the home team. Bratislava 2011 showed that the support of the fans was very important and can push the home squad to win the championship. And, when it comes to the technical and tactical abilities, Canada is definitely the best team. Slovakia might be a dangerous obstacle for the Canadians, as they have a very strong teams and can rely on players from their national ice hockey team Finally, they have Tomcikova, the best goal keeper.
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