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Great Britain at the World Championships

Post by colonelbagpuss on Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:05 pm

I haven't paid too much attention to the GB team because, well, they suck, was my impression, BUT it would appear they have a chance at some success. Like I say I haven't followed them much (in international hockey i just support russia really) so some others here may be abe to explain better/correct me if i'm wrong. I saw a short little snippet in the Times that GB had won a couple of games at the World Championships and still 'had a shot at gold'. Of course I was confused as not only did i think the Worlds started a week or so from now, but how could Britain be up for Gold.
It would appear, though, having looked on iihf.com that in fact in the Division 1B championship, made up of GB, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Kazakhstan that after 3 wins and 1 loss Britain COULD win gold AND therefore (i think) a promotion to Division 1A with the big guns, is my understanding.
IF Britain win against Poland (possible as we have beaten teams who have beaten them so far in the championship) and Ukraine beat Kazakhstan (whilst Borat and Co. are unbeaten so far, Ukraine are hosting) there would then be a three-way tie on four wins between GB, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, but apparently GB would win gold and promotion.
So it could be a very exciting time for British hockey (unless I've misunderstood it completely in which case my excitement will be cut short by embarassment, humiliation and most likely ensuing loneliness). Perhaps someone could tell me if I'm right?

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Post by ronnie pander on Fri Apr 22, 2011 10:59 pm

Yeah, you're right, Colonel - it will come down to goal difference so a win for GB coupled with a loss for the Kazakhstan team could mean promotion and a chance to be roundly drubbed by the likes of Russia, Canada and Finland. The top division will play their tournament next week in Slovakia.

Sadly down in division III, Luxembourg continued to underwhelm and lost all but one of their matches!
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Post by mc_homer on Sat Apr 23, 2011 2:46 am

GB has steadily shown bits of improvement over the last 3 years or so. I have followed them in it as much as I can although coverage is spotty at best. We have had some very memorable games with Poland over the years so it will be anything but a given!

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Post by penguinpunk71 on Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:18 am

If they get promoted I am gonna try and go to the worlds next year

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Post by sportsportsport on Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:33 am

GB 2-1 up after the 1st
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Post by ronnie pander on Sun Apr 24, 2011 2:30 am

GB win 3-2! Just need Ukraine to do them a favour....
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Post by colonelbagpuss on Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:34 am

2-2 Kazakhstan v Ukraine. kazakhstan are promoted. GB so close to promotion. But silver is still a fantastic acheivement

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Post by Jonzee on Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:10 pm

Get yourself down to your local rink and support the sport in the Uk.

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Post by mc_homer on Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:11 pm

Just wish I had a local rink Sad

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Post by Lord SKAgiraffe on Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:21 pm

mk isn't that far homer, get yourself over and support the lightning!

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Post by mc_homer on Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:59 am

It is when you don't have a car and the trains suck.

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Post by Jonzee on Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:05 am

You are biking from London-Brighton. So bike Beefland-MK.

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