Great energy at the WHPP Regional Tournament in Sarajevo

20th November 2023, Sarajevo – The ice rink at the Sports Centre Zetra was filled with excitement, laughter and positive energy as the city of Sarajevo hosted a two-day WHPP Regional Tournament of Under-18 National Teams of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia.

On Saturday, 18th November and Sunday, 19th November each of the teams played a game against the other three young national teams. The girls showed their passion for the game of hockey, demonstrated their skills on the ice and friendship off the ice.

Although the result was not the main purpose of the two-day event, young players showed true determination and pushed hard every shift on the ice. At the conclusion of the tournament in the final rankings Team Serbia ended up first, followed by Team Slovenia in second, Team Bosnia and Herzegovina third and Team Croatia fourth place.

  • Slovenia – Serbia 4:5
    • Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina 4:10
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina – Slovenia 4:9
    • Serbia – Croatia 3:4
    • Slovenia – Croatia 6:3
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina – Serbia 0:3

    Regardless of points and wins, it was another stepping-stone in the regional development of women’s ice hockey. It was not only a chance for the prospective members of the four countries’ senior National Teams to develop their skills and improve their game, but also an opportunity for coaches, team leaders and other persons involved in the game of hockey to meet and exchange experiences and ideas. The event was very well received and all participants agreed that solid foundations were set for future cooperation, particularly in young women’s hockey development.

    The event in Sarajevo followed the WHPP Ice Hockey Festival held in Maribor earlier this year. Building on this year events the next WHPP Tournament of similar setting is being scheduled for April 2024 in the city of Villach (Austria) with additional participation of Team Austria.

    There is another WHPP event with perhaps even broader international participation already planed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for 2025.

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