Nine Kharkivites are included in the Ukrainian National Women’s Ice Hockey Team which flew to Cape Town, South Africa, on January 11 to take part in the qualification games for the World Cup for the first time.
“This is a historical moment that is very important for the further development of women’s ice hockey in our country as the team was revived over a quarter of a century ago,” notes Kateryna Seredenko, the president of Kharkiv Panthers women’s hockey club.
According to Kateryna Seredenko, seven sportswomen from Panthers club, including Tetiana Slashova, Inna Vansovich, Olena Vansovich, Nadia Makarenko, Diana Kovtun, Vladlena Tarasova and Vladyslava Skashchuk, are playing for our National Team. Overall, eight Kharkiv athletes took part in the National Championship. The ninth one is Yelizaveta Ryabkina who currently lives in the USA. Notably, she is the only woman since 1991 who was part of Druzhba-78 men’s team and was even their captain in early 2000s. Further, Diana Kovtun is the captain of the Ukrainian National Team.
On January 13, our national squad played its first game against South African team which Ukraine won 3:1. On January 14, Ukraine beat Bulgaria 5:1. As a result of two matches, Ukraine is at the top of its qualification group.
In WCH IIB – qualification Women 2019, Ukrainians will play with teams from Belgium on January 16 and Hong Kong on January 17.
Reference: Panthers hockey club was created in July 2016. The team was third in the national women’s ice hockey championship 2016-2017 and they won the championship 2017-2018, overcoming Korolivy Dnipra, their main competitors from Dnipro.
Update: On January 16, the Ukrainian National Hockey Team sensationally defeated the Belgian team 4:1. This result automatically gives our team the opportunity to take part in the World Cup in WCH IIB. On January 17, Ukrainian sportswomen overcame Hong Kong team 5:2. Our team finished the qualifying tournament in South Africa with a maximum point’s total, winning all the matches in regular time and will play in the upcoming World Cup.
Text: Natalia Ivanova