Prague Games 2016? A parrot, Hertl and dominating Northern Stars and Chodov

11.07.2016 | zik

Foto: Pavel Růžička
For the thirteenth time, young floorball players from all of Europe, boys and girls alike, met in Prague to experience the unique atmosphere of Prague Games, and to try beating as many teams as they could. Many floorball battles were fought in those four days, with Northern Stars and Chodov celebrating the most, as they earned two golds each.

But Prague Games is by no means only about winning. It is an event of international friendship and promotion of sports and fair play. Like last year, the tournament was accompanied by a campaign against bullying, which aimed at informing the children about the issue of bullying. It was joined by over 100 teams from many different countries.

Close to 400 teams from 12 countries arrived to Prague, including the large outfit of Zug United. While it is true that there were no Asian teams this year, we still enjoyed a slice of the exotic: a parrot and a raccoon were spectators on the first day, brought to Jedenáctka hall by a pair of fans.

The tournament's peak came Saturday 9th July, the final day. All the nine finals were played at Podvinný mlýn hall. The most successful among girls' teams was without doubt Northern Stars. The Finns seized the G14 and the G18 categories, rivalled only by the Swedish IBK Nacka Wallenstam, who took the gold in G16.

Among boys' team the situation was more complicated, but even there was a club that dominated – Floorball Chodov. The Prague team triumphed in two categories (B12 and B14) and was second in B16. The golden hat-trick was taken from them by the Swiss selection Team Swiss U17 White. In this year's tournament, a traditional Prague team, FBŠ Bohemians, stood a little aside, as they gained only one silver medal (B15).

A visit of Tomáš Hertl, San Jose Sharks forward and member of the Czech national team, livened up the final day. He came to the tournament as Prague European Capital of Sport 2016 ambassador. The friendly player awarded the winners of the B14 category. Sadly, he missed the peak of the day – the final game of the most prestigious category – B18 – in which Tatran Střešovice had triumphed.

In Czech Open, players will sure want to follow up to the success of their younger colleagues from Northern Stars or Tatran and Chodov. Czech Open begins on 11th of august. One week earlier, there will be Prague Wheel Open, and in November, Prague Masters. There is always plenty tournaments to look forward to!

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