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Adrenaline Pure’ on Ice

Bandy can certainly be classified as an ‘extreme’ sport as it is played on ice in very cold conditions at incredibly fast speeds expending huge amounts of energy with occasional unavoidable clashes between players. The game requires hooked sticks and a small orange coloured ball just 6.6 centimetres in diameter and 11 players on each side with strict rules about touching the ball with hands or legs or coming into contact with other players intentionally.

The duration of the game is 90 minutes like football, with each ‘half’ lasting 45 minutes and the dimensions of the pitch exactly those of a football field.

The players wear head protection and ice skates with the goal keeper assigned the task of stopping the tiny ball from entering the goal which is 11.5 feet wide and 7 feet high by catching it in his hands or kicking it away without using a stick. Players dribble the ball passing it between team members in what should be a unified team effort, propelling it towards the goal whilst attempting to weave between opponents in a smooth and fluid manner requiring enormous skill and athleticism.

The games are high powered, frenzied affairs with spectators enduring very cold conditions and players whizzing around almost non-stop attempting to score the goals required for victory.

It is very difficult to make meaningful broadcasts on the media of Bandy games due to the tiny size of the ball, the large playing field and the immense speeds at which it is played. People who are fortunate enough to watch a live game enjoy adrenalin packed action in a superb sporting experience.

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Bandy is pure adrenaline on ice.

 

A Tough Game with a Hardy Reputation

The game of Bandy which is comparable to hockey on ice has an interesting history with records showing a similar game played in Russia in the 10th century with different rules. However the first Bandy game recorded officially following the current rules was held at the ‘Crystal Palace’ in London in 1875 described as ‘Hockey on Ice’ to attract spectators who had no idea what Bandy was.

The fact that the game is played on a football sized icy expanse requiring extremely cold weather for long periods of time or indoor ice rinks used for Ice Hockey limits the countries which can enjoy the sport to those with long cold winters.

 

Sweden and Russia Lead the Way

Rink Bandy is played with a reduced number of players in order to compensate for the smaller size of the playing area. The only high profile team in Russia to play indoors is Dynamo Moscow as spectators generally feel that Bandy should be enjoyed outdoors with plenty of Vodka to keep them warm. The game is not commonly played in England today even though it was said to have been played on the frozen Fen lands of East Anglia in the 19th century adapting the Welsh name ‘Bando’ to the English name Bandy.

The game is played primarily in the Baltic States with Sweden the first country to set up a Bandy League in 1902.

It currently has around 1,200 Bandy clubs with 100,000 active players. Russia, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Mongolia are countries where Bandy is very popular as well as Kazakhstan since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The World Championships take place every year since 1957 with Soviet and Russian teams taking the Gold medal on 21 occasions, Sweden 11 times and Finland once in 2004.