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Would bandy ever work in Vancouver?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 6:19 am
by Per
The old precursor to hockey, bandy - that in one form or another has been played throughout Europe since medieval days - is still popular in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, and is played these days with rules originating in 19th century Wales, but slightly modified to adjust for some of the rules the Russians had in their version dating back to the 18th century court of Peter the Great (no, not Forsberg, a Russian czar). The rules are very similar to soccer, including the size of the rink/pitch, the 2x45 minute format, eleven a side and minimal substitutions, and allowing for shoulder to shoulder contact but no real hits.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/29/sport ... wanted=all

There are forces in motion to make this an Olympic sport; I think it will be an exhibition sport at the 2014 games and expected to have full Olympic status in 2018.

Yet the on-going world championships have made me worry... There's really just Sweden and Russia that are competing, and the rest is pretty much filler.

Sweden's four games so far:
Win against Finland 12-0
Win against Norway 11-0
Win against Kazakhstan 9-1 (!) We actually allowed a goal against! :shock:
Win against the USA 15-0

Actually, I guess you can say the Russians have been struggling comparably:
Win against the USA 19-3
Win against Finland 5-4
Win against Norway 16-1
Win against Kazakhstan 8-6

Canada is playing in the B-championships, and actually doing rather well at that level.
Win against the Netherlands 11-1
Win against Hungary 11-1

Maybe they have smelled the possible future Olympic medals and started to take this game seriously and work their way up?
They're facing Belarus later tonight. :?

Meanwhile, Japan participates in the C-championship where they absolutely killed Kyrgyzstan 13-0 after losing to Estonia 6-2.

Historically the USSR/Russia has won the world championships twenty times(14+6), Sweden ten times and Finland once.
Apart from their one gold, Finland also has seven silvers and 19 bronzes!
Norway has one silver and one bronze and Kazakhstan has two bronzes.
No other nations have ever medalled.

I'm seriously not sure this sport is ready for the Olympics, but then again... Women's hockey is almost as lopsided. :hmmm:

And also, perhaps Olympic status will help it take off.

India actually has a few club teams playing in the Himalayas, and considering how big field hockey is there, who knows?

:drink:

Re: Would bandy ever work in Vancouver?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 7:55 am
by Per

Re: Would bandy ever work in Vancouver?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 8:49 am
by Arachnid
That is the gleeist sport, like eva....hmmmm perhaps Lala Kapspill is interested in it 8-)

Re: Would bandy ever work in Vancouver?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:14 pm
by ukcanuck
it looks totally cool, I'd watch it if it were an olympic sport absolutely
Anything that involves skating works for me.
I think it would be more fun than soccer, with the speed one doesnt have to wait for ever for a play to develop.

someone up north in Ft ST John should flood a soccer field and give it a go... :shock:

Re: Would bandy ever work in Vancouver?

Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 5:42 pm
by Puck
It seems like it would be pretty fun to play on that HUGE rink. Man... tiring...

Re: Would bandy ever work in Vancouver?

Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:24 am
by Per
ukcanuck wrote:someone up north in Ft ST John should flood a soccer field and give it a go... :shock:
Seems like the centre of gravity for Canadian bandy is closer to Winnipeg:
http://www.canadabandy.ca/index.php

Re: Would bandy ever work in Vancouver?

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 4:58 am
by Per
I hear there was apparently some prestigious NFL rugby game the other day, and the Bruins seems to have lost.

Speaking of obscure sports (NFL, cricket, etc), Sweden beat Russia 5-4 in the final at the bandy world championships held at Almaty in Kazakhstan! :)

It's Sweden's 11th title, but we still trail the Russkies who have won a total of 20 championships (albeit 14 as the Soviet Union).

The Kazakhs beat the Finns in the bronze game. Oh well. Guess Borat is happy.