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Table Hockey: spinning faster, throw farther!

March 14 2005

March 12 in Moscow took place the V International Table Hockey Tournament. And has this tournament, despite this sounding name, somehow unnoticed. It is a pity, because the table hockey - quite a serious sport, not just child's play. Hopefully, after reading this article, you will wake up an irresistible urge to rush to the pantry or on the balcony, and fish the old desktop unit with a half-bent hockey players to pull the rusty levers drive the puck.

At first glance, can not be called an active table hockey sport. But then, race car driver sitting in the car, not particularly a moving arms and legs. In fact, this impression is deceptive. Knowledgeable people tell that to maintain shape in table tennis you have to train 4-5 hours a day. During the competition, when you have to play several dozen games, with players coming off more than a dozen pots. Energy in the table hockey allocated no less than in the dance: the player does vytantsovyvaet for hockey machine the most intricate pas.

It seems that the entertainment table hockey, too, is not "pulling". Indeed, looking like two players faster than a bullet dvuhsantimetrovuyu chase the puck very tiring. Goals hammered so quickly that the popcorn to put down! In general, this game is primarily designed for the player, not the viewer. In fact, if you pass the competition table hockey on television, the audience will not be less than, say, a billiard.

Still, the main table hockey - is the ability to concentrate and carry out attacks in seconds. This is a game that is particularly appreciated by the reaction. Indeed, for the duration of a match - only 5 minutes, and the puck may be at a "hockey player" not more than 5 seconds! In this sense, table hockey is very similar to ping-pong.

The recognized leaders in table hockey are Scandinavians. Particularly obsessed with it the Swedes and Finns.

And the best table hockey world by Daniel Vallin - Swede by birth (he, incidentally, won the International Tournament in Moscow). Therefore, the most popular model in the world of hockey - the Swedish "Stig", although their versions of release of 12 countries, including Japan, China and South Africa. There is also a Russian version, which produces the Novosibirsk plant "Luch". By the way, table hockey - very democratic sport. You do not need much to spend on equipment - the price of "The Stig" of about $ 100.

What distinguishes the Swedish "Stig" from our usual Soviet desktop toys? Firstly, there are no "dead zone" that is, the puck is available anywhere on the field. Secondly, the figures of players are voluminous, and thus more maneuverable. Grooves in which they move, not straight and not parallel, as we have, besides figures winger can be moved outside the gates of the enemy.

Russian table hockey very young, but already now 30-year-old Swede Daniel Vallenu may be a serious competitor to our 17-year-old Alexei Zakharov, who took the silver medal of the International Tournament in Moscow. Our champion is always happy to reassure newcomers: "Ice hockey - it's very good and interesting sport, it is possible to learn to play on a serious level for about six months."

Table hockey is no age limit - it is both young and elderly people. Its league also have a fine half of mankind. And yet, table hockey - a gentlemen's sport, because there are both players and referees.


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