Local competitions

Posted March 1, 2015

Several regional competitions was held in Kharkiv region.

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Interview with the head coach of national team Andrey Markovichenko about the outcomes of the WC Y17

Posted January 31, 2015

What are your impressions of the tournament and playing of the national team?

I am an absolute realist and never fly in the clouds, so I will be frank.
Impressions of playing and the tournament as a whole are good. Happy result, but there are questions about the game.

If you believe the online of the match against Sweden, we had chances to go on a break with a tie score, and in the second half we could make the Swedes nervous. Is this true and what was not enough?

As for the game against the Swedes and the Finns. We were very fortunate that there was snow. So we stripped the Scandinavians for their main advantage - it's speed and technique. We needed not to lose in the tactics and struggle, and not to commit mistakes. In tactics and struggle we did not lose, but we made a lot of mistakes in defense. These mistakes were a consequence of the inability to play through the top and bad skating, and our defenders could not keep up Swedish forwards Swedes on finishing. There were moments when we had 8 our players near the goal, but two Swedish players scored. If we realised a penalty and went to the break with the score 1:1, the Swedes pushed up to the pace and would have the result, as we sat deep in defense and attacks were sporadic. Offensively, we have not created anything because of the snow.

What is the secret of success in the match with Estonia? I honestly do not believe to my eyes when the score changed almost every minute. And after the game, when the result was published, people asked again, if there is an error in the score?

In the match against Estonia our speed was an advantage. Estonia team has strong ice hockey players, but you know yourself, one bandy player can beat some ice hockey players quietly. Estonia broke off because their children can not see anyone far then 5-6 meters, and our players punished them for it. We hoped to it, so it happened.

What our players, coaches and federations must to look for, to the next time the team played better?

It is necessary to recruit Ukrainian ice hockey players of adequate age. If there is a fusion of strong seventeen Ukrainians ice hockey players with a good goalkeeper, the Championship will be faced with major challenges. We can't beat the top three, of course, but with Norway it will be possible to fight on equal terms.
And in the current Ukrainians said to Bogdan #8 (Arabov - Ed.) and Anton, a central defender (Riapolov - Ed.), Golets Volodymyr, Arkadiy Nagoga and Mykhaylo Skalyts`kyy. These guys are able to progress.
And training camp necessarily need before the championship.

Ukrainian youth team on the World Championship Y17

Posted January 24, 2015

Ukrainian team under 17 took part in the World Championship which held in Sarpsborg, Norway durind January 23-25, 2015. In robin round matches our boys lost with the same score 6-0 to favourites of the championship teams of Finland and Sweden, in the 5 place final Ukrainians won the team of Estonia 11-2.
We congratulate Ukrainian youth team with successful participation in the World Championship!

When the Ukrainian national team arrived to Stockholm, a pleasant surprise was waiting - Swedish Federation pinned to our team a legend of national bandy, famous coach Magnus Alm. Magnus works in the Swedish Federation as responsible for the bandy development in regions of Sweden, he is involved in bandy promotion among young people and in promotion of women's bandy. Magnus Alm took part in the first training of Ukrainian team in Otvidaberg. There he helped to our coaches by advices in questions of teamwork of ice hockey players and bandy players in one team. In the ensuing dinner meeting our guys and administrative and coaching staff communicated and asked about the training of youth players in Sweden, get files with the exercises in rink. Particularly impressed that magnus not only understands Russian, but also he is a big fan of the "Okean Elzy" band, he attends their concerts in Scandinavia. In the end of the meeting Magnus gave to our team a set of souvenirs from the Swedish Federation and promised to help us during next visits of "Vakarchuk's compatriots" to Sweden.


Magnus Alm (photo from the Swedish Bandy Federation website)

Another pleasant surprise was waiting to the team during returning in Tallinn. Member of the Finnish Bandy Federation Executive Committee Thomas Huber presented several dozens of sticks, breeches and another equipment. UBRF thanks to Thomas for presented equipment and to Swedish Bandy Federation for bandy-attributes!


Thomas Huber

Ukrainian team squad.
Photos of the match Finland - Ukraine.
Photos of the match Ukraine - Sweden.
Photos of the 5th place match Estonia - Ukraine.
Ukrainian team partner is a sports nutrition Power Pro, information partner of UBRF is a web-media Kovzanka.com.

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