Bandy: Great Britain land silver at first World Championships…

It is a sport that has been absent from the world stage for over 100 years, however bandy is enjoying a resurgence in the UK following a silver medal for Great Britain at the recent World Championships.

The tournament, held in the Swedish city of Vänersborg , saw the team remain undefeated against opponents Latvia, China, Somalia, Slovakia, and Japan in the pool stage of the Group B competition.

They then went on to defeat Hungary in the semi finals before missing out on the gold medal against established bandy nation Estonia, losing the game 9-3.

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Great Britain men’s bandy team at the recent World Championships in Vänersborg, Sweden Back row: # 6 Alex Smith, 65 Michael Whillock, 10 Martin Deacon (Captain) 98 Lewis Enfield, 35 Tim Smith, 5 Colin Jack, 8 Thomas Parker, 29 Christopher Hall. Front row: # 9 Nathan Gilbert, 18 Oscar Gillingham Aukner, 42 Alex Ward, 22 Robin Signeul, 15 Jacob Signeul, 77 Cormac Ahlstrom-Horgan 57 Oliver Corcoran.

What is bandy?
Bandy is a team sport, played on ice. It is similar to hockey, however it shares its most common traits with association football, ice hockey and field hockey. To play the game, skaters use a short, curved stick and direct a ball into the opposing team’s goal. The pitch is significantly bigger too, with 11 players playing the game at any one time, compared to the six in it’s close relative, ice hockey.

It has its origins in the East of England, with the first written rules published in 1882, before dying out after the First World War.

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Great Britain in action against Latvia at the World Bandy Championships in Vänersborg, Sweden

The sport saw the start of a revival at the beginning of 2018 when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Sweden on a royal tour. While there, the royal couple met players and even played the game, taking shots against Swedish national goalkeeper Linda Oden.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge playing bandy on 2018 royal tour of Sweden: //players.brightcove.net/2540076170001/B1Hli6KCG_default/index.html?videoId=5722267623001#t=43s

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