Category: Hungarian Cup

Budapest Kings champions of the Hungarian Cup 2022

On May 22, the first ever Hungarian Cup in bandy was held. Three teams participated and fought for the glory and pride to become the first ever Hungarian Cup champion in bandy. Budapest Kings, Dynamo Budapest and Észak-Pesti BC were the teams competing and consisted of new players and seasoned veterans.

The Hungarian Cup 2022 was a historical event, as it was the first time in modern history when organised bandy games for club teams were played in Hungary. It had been in the plans for years, but the unfortunate events of the pandemic delayed the start of organised club bandy in Hungary.

In total six games were played, all teams played against each other two times. The games were played 2×15 minutes with 4 players and 1 goalie on the ice. This tournament was unique as it was not played with rinkbandy rules, as it is usual to do when playing on a hockey rink, but with rules that are very similar to bandy.

It was a very interesting experience seeing corners and beautiful long shots on big goals and gave the game a much more feeling of bandy, despite the smaller size of the rink. Some questions before the tournament were how the new players to bandy could adapt these rules, but these questions were quickly erased.

After a total of six games and a long day, the Budapest Kings could call themselves champions of the Hungarian Cup 2022. The win was sealed in the second game against Észak-Pesti BC where Budapest Kings played very well and could win with a couple of goals. Thus, Kings came ahead in the standings on goal differential.

Attila Ádámfi, president of the Hungarian Bandy Federation, was full of joy during the tournament:

“I was proud and happy to see the first ever Hungarian Cup successfully organized on 22 May 2022. It was great to see many young talented players to enjoy bandy games since the 2022 World Championships was cancelled in the last minute. We were brave enough to test new and innovative rules, including for example bigger goals and corners providing more traditional bandy game feeling. I am happy to confirm that the athletes – our most important stakeholders – liked them very much. Congratulations to the Champions – Budapest Kings, the other 2 teams and a big thank you for everybody who made this historical event possible, especially Kristian Marosi, Head Coach and Gábor Nagy, referee.”

The future of Hungarian bandy looks very bright, as this event sparked a lot of energy into the bandy program. A lot of young prospects played their first bandy games and impressed on men’s national team coach Kristian Marosi, who was visiting the tournament in Budapest.

The final scores of the tournament:
Dynamo Budapest – Budapest Kings 6-14
Budapest Kings – Észak-Pesti BC 4-5
Észak-Pesti BC – Dynamo Budapest 12-7
Budapest Kings – Dynamo Budapest 11-5
Észak-Pesti BC – Budapest Kings 5-9
Dynamo Budapest – Észak-Pesti BC 7-13

The final ranking:
1. Budapest Kings

2. Észak-Pesti BC

3. Dynamo Budapest

The Hungarian bandy program will now take a short summer break, before returning with full force for the upcoming 2022-2023 season.

The Hungarian Bandy Federation will host the Hungarian Cup on May 22

In order to further develop the Hungarian bandy, the HBF is organizing the first Hungarian Bandy Cup. The competition will be held on May 22 at the Mátyásföld Ice Hall. Three teams will start in the Hungarian Cup and will play four matches each. The three participating teams are Budapest Kings, Dynamo Budapest and Észak-Pesti Bandy Club.

The tournament is unique in that it is not played with traditional rinkbandy rules but with bandy rules. Despite the fact that the Hungarian Cup is played on a smaller field than the normal bandy field, we can see, for example, corners and larger goals to make it look and feel as close as possible to bandy.

Attila Ádámfi, the president of the HBF, can only say positive things about the upcoming Hungarian Cup:

– “It is a great pleasure for us to hold the first Hungarian Cup this weekend. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, it has not been possible to compete internationally since the 2020 Group B World Championship, which the Hungarian team won and made it to Group A. The national team was optimistic about this year’s World Championship, but unfortunately the event planned in Russia was canceled at the last minute. That’s why it was especially important for us to give athletes a chance to compete, if not at a world championship level. We hope that not only more, but also a women’s team will compete in Hungarian championships, and we would like to involve the teams of the surrounding countries into the life of Hungarian bandy.”

The schedule for the Hungarian Cup 2022:
14:00   Dynamo Budapest – Budapest Kings
14:45   Budapest Kings – Észak-Pesti BC
15:30   Észak-Pesti BC – Dynamo Budapest
16:15   Budapest Kings – Dynamo Budapest
17:00   Észak-Pesti BC – Budapest Kings
17:45   Dynamo Budapest – Észak-Pesti BC

(All games are played 2×15 minutes)

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