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WRG19 ILH: An Amazing Kick off for the Junior matches in Barcelona

Goals, emotions and an enthusiastic crowd!

Junior inline hockey program started at the World Roller Games in Barcelona. Two venues, twenty national men teams, eleven women teams, all with the same wish to become world champions.

First puck drop at nine o'clock, in Mar Bella, perfect rink, beautiful place: an easy debut for the defending champions team Usa Junior Men versus Korea (20-0). The Americans, lead by outstanding young players as Panisa (6 points) and Lorenz (5), scored 12 goals in the first period.

Last year runner-up Italy also won a no-contest game versus Ireland: 12-0 with nine different Italian players on the score-sheet. This game was played at Horta, the other venue in Barcelona's north side. At Horta, also France (33-0 vs India) and Sweden (10-4 vs Poland) started their campaign in the best way. Meanwhile in Mar Bella, Colombia gained an important success over Great Britain: 3-0 with two goals netted by Gonzales Sarmiento. No surprises in the following games: Czech Republic beat Germany 13-0 (hat-trick for Hasek) and Canada defeated Australia 8-1. Impressive start by Namibia who outscored New Zealand 11-0 (5 goals by Coetzee), and Spain with the largest result of day-one: 39-0 on China. A tie (3-3) between Switzerland and Chinese Taipei ended the Junior Men program.

In Junior Women tournament, enthusiastic crowd for the home team opener: “a las cinco de la tarde” in Mar Bella, Spain junior women played a great game versus Usa. It was a playoff-style game: high-pace hockey, escalating emotions and some really spectacular plays. Spain took advantage in the first half, thanks to Pareja Vaquero, who beat american netminder Park two times. A gap that the american girls didn't fill: 4-2 for the yellow-red was the final score.

In Pool C close game between Italy and Canada: the north-americans scored the equalizer with 43 seconds to play, completing a come-back from 1-4. Clear wins for Finland (15-0 over India), New Zealand (8-0 over Sweden), and Great Britain (29-0 over China). 

29th June JUNIOR MEN RESULTS:

Pool A:

Usa – Korea 20-0

Colombia – Great Britain 3-0

Pool B:

Italy – Ireland 12-0

Namibia – New Zealand 11-0

Pool C:

Spain – China 39-0

Switzerland – Chinese Taipei 3-3

Pool D:

France – India 33-0

Sweden – Poland 10-4

Pool E:

Czech Republic – Germany 13-0

Canada – Australia 8-1

STANDINGS:

Pool A: Usa, Colombia 2; Great Britain, Korea 0

Pool B: Italy, Namibia 2; New Zealand, Ireland 0

Pool C: Spain 2; Chinese Taipei, Switzerland 1; China 0

Pool D: France, Sweden 2; Poland, India 0

Pool E: Czech Republic, Canada 2; Australia, Germany 0

29 th June JUNIOR WOMEN RESULTS:

Pool A:

Spain – Usa 4-2

Pool B:

Finland – India 15-0

New Zealand – Sweden 8-0

Pool C:

Italy – Canada 4-4

Great Britain – China 29-0

STANDINGS:

Pool A: Spain 2; Usa, Colombia 0

Pool B: Finland, New Zealand 2; Sweden, India 0

Pool C: Great Britain 2; Italy, Canada 1; China 0

30 th June JUNIOR MEN SCHEDULE:

9am Horta: Namibia – Ireland

10.30am Horta: Czech Republic – Australia

12am Horta: France- Poland

5pm Horta: Sweden – India

6.30pm Mar Bella: Usa – Great Britain

6.30pm Horta: Switzerland – China

8pm Mar Bella: Spain – Chinese Taipei

9.30pm Mar Bella: Italy – New Zealand

9.30pm Horta: Canada – Germany

30th June JUNIOR WOMEN SCHEDULE:

9am Mar Bella: New Zealand – India

10.30am Mar Bella: Colombia – Usa

12am Mar Bella: Finland – Sweden

1.30pm Mar Bella: Italy – China

5.00pm Mar Bella: Great Britain - Canada

Follow WRG19 Inline Hockey livescores, standings and schedule here: www.inlinehockey.wrg2019.com

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PHOTO CREDIT VANESSA ZENOBINI