Blueliner Hockey Tour day 4
Today again was game day but with a bit of a change pace for it is a bandy game day instead of ice hockey.
Bandy is the more traditional form of ice hockey. Played outside, 11 v 11 with 45 min halves. The rest of the rules I am unsure of but seem similar to ice hockey.
Tonights game was between reigning champions and home side Hammarby and visitors Vila Lindkoping. Hammarby are considered as the third sports club in many ways in Stockholm. This is mainly due to their relatively poor showing in the two biggest sports ice hockey and soccer. However Hammarby have one of the biggest portfolios of sporting teams including soccer, handball, floorball, bandy and even speedway.
It somewhat of a shame that Hammarby no long boasts an ice hockey team. After all Hovet and the Globe is in the heart of the Hammarby area of Stockholm. But following financial problems that operation ceased but a new Hammarby ice hockey team is making its way through the ranks. The fans however do not see it that way. Their enthusiasm for their part of Stockholm is obvious as much here as in any other sport with a fan club in full flow.
Bandy is played at the Zinkensdamm stadion. A multi use facility with two terraced stands along each side. It is small, compact but tidy stadium. Tickets are available on the day but it is cash only on the gate. Get there early as it does get very busy. Tonights game looked pretty full. There is a Hammarby club shop inside but the main club shop is on the local main road. There is also a good Irish pub on the corner near the stadium. The menu is in English and all staff speak English plus they serve good Swedish food something that seems rare in stockholm.
The game itself is good a more graceful form of ice hockey it could be described as where goals just come out of nowhere. It finish 6-3 to the home side.