Poland takes top honors in the men's event
The women’s national team of Belarus made history on Sunday, becoming the first team to win a World League competition. Poland’s men’s national team wasn’t far behind, claiming the men’s title just hours later.
The Belarus women came out on top of the three way tie at the top of the standings between Italy, Scotland and the title winners, who all had 12 points at the end of the Round Robin.
In the end, it came down to the game on the last day of action between Belarus and Italy to determine the winner of tournament. Belarus trailed at the half, 1-0, but stormed back with two unanswered goals in the second half to secure the 2-1 win and the title. Khristina Kibkova put in the game and tournament winner in the 52nd minute.
But Sunday was not all bad news for the Italians. Forward Chiara Tiddi was named the Best Player of the tournament. In addition, the second-place Italians will move onto the Hockey World League Round 2, together with Belarus. With four teams qualified to move onto the next round, it was also good news for third and fourth-place finishers Scotland and the Czech Republic, who are also moving onto the second round.
Turkey and France rounded out the women's standings. France picked up one win in the tournament, while Turkey finished winless but gained valuable international experience. France was awarded the Fair Place Trophy.
On the men’s side, Poland was the clear favourite in the four-team tournament and swept all three of its games, owning a +8 goal advantage. Poland beat Belarus, 2-0, on the final day of action to knock Belarus out of contention to qualify for Round 2. Instead, the Ukraine took the second qualification spot. With only four teams in the tournament, only the top two advance to the second round, leaving Belarus and host Czech Republic out of the second round picture.
Ukraine's Artem Ozerskyy was named the Best Player of the men's tournament and Belarus took home the Fair Play Trophy.
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