The Women’s A World Championship, which was canceled at the end of April, will take place in Calgary on August 20-31. After an extraordinary preparation phase, the Swiss women’s national team, led by head coach Colin Müller, will fly from Zurich to Canada tomorrow. As they arrive in Canada, players and staff will be forced to spend five days in isolation before being able to complete a final training session before the start of the World Cup.
Initially, the tournament was supposed to be held in Halifax and Tru, Nova Scotia, last May. Due to the pandemic, however, the tournament was canceled at the last minute, a day before the Swiss team’s scheduled departure for Canada. “At first it was difficult for all the players and the entire staff”Daniela Diaz, Manager Women’s National Team. Nevertheless, the disappointment quickly ended: the Worlds were rescheduled for late August 2021, a month after the cancellation.
As a result, the new phase of the preparation of the Swiss women’s national team for the World Cup took place in an unusual way. Created at the start of the 2020/21 season, the Swiss Women’s Hockey Academy brings significant added value. Thanks to the SWH Academy, the women’s national team had training opportunities several times a week in the ideal infrastructure of the OYM center in Cham.
Colin Mueller’s final selection for the world has seen two changes compared to the team called up last spring. Guardian Vanessa Bollinger Being forced to leave the CM for professional reasons, Caroline Spies Completes the trio of goalkeepers with Andrea Brandley and Saskia Maurer.
Experienced defender, Nicole Bullough will be absent from the world due to health reasons. For her part, striker Emma Ingold, now part of the team, will play her first Worlds.
During the group stage, Switzerland would play in the better-off Group A, made up of the United States, the reigning world champions, Finland, the runners-up world champions, Canada and Russia. The groups are defined according to the classification of the past worlds. Switzerland finished the tournament in 5th place in Finland in 2019.
Nations in Group A automatically qualify for the quarter-finals, while the remaining three places in Group B will compete in the knockout rounds. The teams that finished in the quarter-final stage competed in a classification round. The objective of the Swiss team remains unchanged, regardless of the special conditions of preparation, taking into account automatic qualification for the quarter-finals: ” We are looking forward to the quarter finals. We want to win this match at all cost and establish ourselves in top 5 permanently “, confirms Daniela Diaz. The Swiss national women’s team will enter into contention with a match against the world champions, the Americans, on Friday 20 August.
world championship selection :
Guardians (3) :
Andrea Brandley (Ohio State University/USA), Saskia Maurer (University of St. Thomas/USA), Carolyn Spice (EHC Basel).
defenders (8) :
Lara Kristen (GCK/ZSC Lions), Sarah Forster (AIK Hockey/SWE), Janine Hauser (GCK/ZSC Lions), Nadine Hofstetter (SC Renach), Sinja Lehmann (GCK/ZSC Lions), Shannon Siegrist (Linköping HC/SWE) ) ), Nicole Valerio (University of St. Thomas / USA), Stephanie Waitley (Thurgau India Ladies).
Raiders (14) :
Rachel Enzler (University of Maine/USA), Mara Frey (SC Rench), Emma Ingold (Neuchâtel Hockey Academy), Lena Marie Lutz (Thurgau Indian Ladies), Alina Marty (GCK/ZSC Lions), Alina Muller (Northeast University/USA) ), Evelina Raselli (HC Ladies Lugano), Lisa Ruedi (GCK/ZSC Lions), Dominic Rueg (GCK/ZSC Lions), Noemi Reiner (HC Ladies Lugano), Phoebe Stange (Lexands IF/SWE), Lara Stalder (Bryans IF ) /SWE), Kaleigh Quenec (University of Montreal/CAN), Laura Zimmerman (EV Bomo Thun).
National Women’s Team WC Match Schedule :
August 20, 7:30 pm Local time: Switzerland – USA
August 21, 4:00 pm local time: Switzerland – ROC (Russian Olympic Committee)
August 24, 4:00 pm Local time: Switzerland – Canada
August 26, 12 noon Local time: Switzerland – Finland
elimination phase :
August 28: Quarterfinals
August 29: Semifinals
August 31: Final and classification matches
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