Women brace for tough challenge in ice hockey championship
A hard contest is ahead for the countrywide ladies’ ice hockey team, but they are assured of success after they journey to Romania next week to tackle acclaimed groups in a world championship.
The team wrapped up three weeks of training inside the northwestern metropolis of Bursa for the Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II and hope to make this game, that is regularly sidelined inside the Turkish media, they speak of the metropolis once more.
Ice hockey has been an officially identified game in Turkey because of the early Nineteen Nineties, however, few groups have located steady fulfillment, and it’s far simplest lately that a men’s group proved Turkey is capable of competing with the exception with consecutive titles in nearby and global tournaments.
The ladies’ team already attracted attention when they finished Group B first in Division II of the arena championship 4 years in the past, and the identical lineup looks to copy this accomplishment. They will rectangular off towards Croatia on April 1, earlier than taking over Taiwan the following day. On April 4, they may play against New Zealand, earlier than a recreation against Iceland on April five and against Romania on April 7, the last day of the tournament.
Head Coach Çağrı Karabulut said they are “all geared up” after “a fruitful schooling session.” Speaking to Demirören News Agency (DHA), Karabulut stated it’s been a hard length for the team, which driven their limits for a tough tournament. “They are a chunk worn-out, however, I am confident we’re going to get suitable outcomes,” Karabulut introduced.
The 25-yr-old forward Başak Demirkol has been with the group considering that 2011 and said it’s miles “a love” for her. “I started out gambling when I became 10, and considering the fact that then, I have a passionate connection to the sport. It brought new matters to my lifestyles, like making plans ahead and scheduling better. Playing with the national team also taught me about crew spirit. We learned how to be a circle of relatives and in preference to players, we are like a huge group of sisters,” she stated.
“We got here an extended manner, from a time while humans would ask if ice hockey existed in Turkey to a time in which people are interested in the game,” she said. She additionally brushes off the view that it’s far extra a male-dominated recreation. “There is not tons distinction among men’s and women’s hockey. It isn’t always about having stronger muscle tissue completely. You ought to take different things under consideration, like coordination, keeping balance, crew play, and procedures. I think it’s miles a superb recreation for ladies to take in,” Demirkol said, including that new facility, growth within the number of coaches and referees helped Turkish ice hockey to triumph over the obstacles it faced.
For 24-yr-vintage ahead Seda Demir, ice hockey is more “a way of life” than a game. “We no longer most effective educate inside the rink, we also train outside, specifically on how to maintain better stability. This is a department that wishes you to be agile, stronger and rapid. Outside the rink, we work out, run and raise weights. It is tiring, but we’re having a very good time. Playing for the national group truly motivates you to win titles, and I consider we are able to get correct consequences in Romania,” Demir said. Demir is likewise thrilled to look the rising hobby in ice hockey. “Children from close by faculties come right here to look at us, and once we cease the education, they arrive for exercise,” she said. “We need more people to look at us. If you can not go to Romania, you can watch our video games live online,” she said.