World Women‘s division II gets underway in France

World Women‘s division II gets underway in France

06 Apr 2011 | Lukáš Peroutka

French city of Caen has ended its preparation for Division II of IIHF World Women’s championship and hockey fans can now look forward to a whole week of games involving Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain and Italy.


Unfortunately, the tournament has been hit with a late withdrawal of North Korea due to financial reasons. The tournament schedule has therefore shrunk to just two games each playing day.

Despite this distraction, the local community has embraced the championship and put considerable effort into its promotion. There are posters and navigation signs placed all around the town, with tournament flags proudly placed right next to the Saint-Etienne Abbey, Caen’s main tourist attraction.

The local stadium can hold ca. 1500 spectators and organizers still expect a capacity attendance for home team games. 

The tournament started really well for Denmark, beating both Italy and Great Britain in the first two days. Czech Republic also overcame Great Britain while France beat Italy, so after two game days it looks like a three horse race for promotion with France, Czech Republic and Italy involved.

Denmark 8:1 Great Britain

Josefine Jakobsen became a star of the match after scoring 4 goals. Being 1-0 down, Brits managed to get an equalizer, but Danish team dominated and secured a comfortable victory.

France 1:0 Italy

In front of 922 spectators, the home team got off with a narrow win against Italy. Lore Baudrit scored the only goal after 24 minutes of play.

Czech Republic 5:1 Great Britain

Nikola Tomigova scored 2 goals in a dominant Czech victory over Great Britain. Czechs outshot their opponent 40 - 12.

Italy 1:3 Denmark

In a very even game, Danish captain Marie Henriksen netted the winning goal early in the third period at 1-1. Italy pulled the goalie at the very end, but Denmark scored an empty net goal to seal its victory.

Standings after Tuesday, 6th April

# Team G W W-OT D L-OT L Score P
1 Denmark 3 3 0 0 0 0 16:2 9
2 Czech Republic 2 2 0 0 0 0 10:1 6
3 France 2 2 0 0 0 0 6:0 6
4 Italy 3 1 0 0 0 2 6:4 3
5 Great Britain 3 1 0 0 0 2 7:13 3
6 PRK 5 0 0 0 0 5 0:25 0

All games of People Republic of Korea are forfeited 0-5 and awarded to the opposing team.

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