If, like me, you’ve been glued to your seat over the last two weeks watching the drama unfold at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and are beginning to have withdrawal symptoms, have no fear. Dumfries & Galloway will have a cure for all you winter sports fans out there. From 24 – 30 March the International Ice Hockey Federation Under 18s Men’s World Championship will take place at the Dumfries Ice Bowl! I think I can speak for everyone who watched this year’s Olympic tournament that even if you weren’t familiar with the rules of the game, the sheer gripping spectacle of the competition made it compulsive viewing. So don’t pass up the chance to witness first-hand one of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments played in Scotland.
The Winter Olympics may be over but now Scottish ice hockey fans and freshly addicted converts (myself included) can get behind Team GB once again and cheer its talented young players to victory as they compete against Korea, Croatia, Romania, Lithuania and The Netherlands. Even if you’re not a seasoned ice hockey enthusiast and are a newcomer to the sport, witness just one thrilling game of high-octane action and you’ll be immediately hooked, trust me. Great Britain will play all their matches in the evening making it easier for people to come support their national team.
So what are you waiting for? Purchase your tickets at the Midsteeple Box Office on tel. 01387 253383 or online at www.ticketweb.co.uk. You’ll find tournament games times and ticket prices listed below:
MONDAY 24 MARCH
1pm Romania v South Korea
4.30pm Croatia v Lithuania
8pm Netherlands v Great Britain
TUESDAY 25 MARCH
1pm Croatia v Romania
4.30pm Lithuania v Netherlands
8pm South Korea v Great Britain
THURSDAY 27 MARCH
1pm Croatia v Netherlands
4.30pm South Korea v Lithuania
8pm Romania v Great Britain
SATURDAY 29 MARCH
1pm Netherlands v South Korea
4.30pm Lithuania v Romania
8pm Great Britain v Croatia
SUNDAY 30 MARCH
1pm Romania v Netherlands
4.30pm South Korea v Croatia
8pm Great Britain v Lithuania
Day Passes - £10
Evening Games - £8
Day Time Games - £4
Full Championships Pass - £40
Family Pass - £15
Don’t forget that the first children aged 12 or under to arrive for Great Britain’s matches will receive free, unique championship t-shirts and there will be free face painting available. All Under 16’s accompanied by an adult can enjoy free entry to all the matches.
The Ice Bowl will host a Learn 2 Play day during the championship which will give 100 local school children the chance to learn how to play on the ice from players of the Great Britain Under 18s team. Coaches from the Solway Sharks Junior Ice Hockey Club will also be there to lend a helping hand and maybe even discover the Team GB players of the future.
Under 20s Mens Championship 2013
The Under 20s Men’s (Division 1B) tournament took place last December at the Dumfries Ice Bowl with Teams France, Italy, Japan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan as well as the host nation Great Britain battling it out for the world title. The tournament got off to a flying start with the games attended by large, enthusiastic crowds who were in turn treated to fantastic, high-quality play by all the competing nations. Italy emerged triumphant, taking the gold medal, with Kazakhstan securing silver and France bronze. And while Christmas might not have come early for Great Britain, the team proved themselves more than worthy adversaries, providing a few of the championship’s showstopping moments including a thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over France.To top it all, the Stanley Cup, the most revered trophy in ice hockey, graced Scotland with its presence for the first time ever in honour of a century of ice hockey being played in the UK.
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