Budapest Kings champion of the Hungarian Cup!
Three teams fought for the title Hungarian Cup. Winner was Budapest Kings. It was the first ever Hungarian Cup in bandy that was held Sunday, May 22. Three teams participated and fought for the glory and pride; Budapest Kings, Dynamo Budapest and Észak-Pesti BC. The teams consisted of new players and seasoned veterans.
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 organised club bandy in Hungary.
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 played with rules 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.
Attila Ádámfi, president of the Hungarian Bandy Federation, was full of joy:
“I was proud and happy to see the first ever Hungarian Cup successfully organized. 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.”
RESULTS OF THE GAMES
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