World Hardball Roller Hockey Championships San Jose (California) August 2005

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    Jun 14, 2005
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    Tickets for 2005 Men's Hardball Roller Hockey World Championship Now on Sale
    First time to be held in the United States

    Contact: Anne Cribbs, 650.856.3200, 415.264.2067 cell

    April 07, 2005

    The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the 2005 Men's Hardball Roller Hockey World Championship announced today that tickets for the event are now on sale.

    This World Championship, the first time ever hosted by the United States, features the top sixteen national teams in the world from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, France, Switzerland, Angola, Chile, Mozambique, Holland, Germany, USA, England, Andorra and Macau. Portugal is the current world champion.

    The San Jose State University Event Center will be the venue for this premier event, with Opening Ceremonies on Saturday, August 6. The championship game will be played on Saturday, August 13. There are eight games each day. All-tournament tickets, single day tickets and group tickets are available.

    Tickets are available though Tickets can also be purchased at the San Jose Event Center Box Office, 290 S. Seventh Street, San Jose in person or by fax at 408.924.6395.

    "For many years the Federation Internationale de Roller-Sports has wanted to bring this World Championship the United States," explained Barbara Brooks, President of the 2005 Roller Hockey Organizing Committee, "We look forward to extending the same hospitality we have enjoyed in other countries. San Jose is the perfect place to hold this historic event."

    The 2005 Men's Hardball Roller Hockey World Championship is supported by USA Roller Sports and the San Jose Sports Authority. For more information about the 2005 Men's Hardball Roller Hockey World Championship, see or contact the LOC headquarters at 650.494.2005 or
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    2005 USA Hardball Hockey National Championships
    June 26 - July 1, 2005 - Cumberland, Maryland

    March 22, 2005

    USA Roller Sports announces the 2005 USA Hardball Hockey National Championships to be held June 26 through July 1, in Cumberland, Md. Athletes in all divisions of USA Roller Sports Hardball Hockey are eligible to compete in the National Championships. A USA Roller Sports Membership Card is required. The deadline for entry is June 1, 2005.

    The Riverside YMCA Ice Hockey Arena will play host to the 2005 USA Hardball Hockey National Championships. Registration will begin on Saturday, June 25, between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the arena. A coaches meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, at approximately 5:30 p.m., along with an informational meeting regarding hardball hockey, which will be held at 7:30 p.m. Competition begins Sunday, June 26 through Friday, July 1.
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    Pati De Manlleu, a Division I hardball hockey team from Barcelona, Spain, will roll into Cumberland, Md., on Sunday, June 26 to kick-off the 2005 Hardball Hockey National Championships at the Riverside Arena in Cumberland, Md. The Spanish team will play an exhibition game against the Cumberland Raiders following the Opening Ceremonies, scheduled for 4:30 (EST) at the Riverside Arena in Cumberland, Md.

    The 2005 Hardball Hockey National Championship Opening Ceremonies will include the Cumberland American Legion Honor Guard presenting the colors, and John Cooper, of Fort Hill High School, singing the National Anthem.

    Along with the town’s international guests, Cumberland will play host to nearly fifty teams from across the nation as they compete for the national gold medal and division titles. Athletes will compete in a variety of age divisions, including: Pee Wee (9 and under), Midget (10-11), Freshman (12-14), Junior (15-17), Ladies (14 and older), Bronze (beginners), Silver (16 and older) and Gold (World Class Men 16 and older).

    The 2005 Hardball Hockey National Championships will be held from June 26 through July 1 at the Riverside YMCA Ice Hockey Arena located at 602 Kelly Road in Cumberland, Md. Admission is $4.00 a day or $15.00 for a full week pass. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information on the 2005 Hardball Hockey National Championships, log on to
  5. Nelso

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    Jun 14, 2005
    Avanca, Portugal
    CUMBERLAND - Thirty-eight teams from across the country will be beginning play this morning in the National Hardball Roller Hockey Championships. This year's championship is being held at the Riverside YMCA and 91 games will be in the books by Friday afternoon.

    This year teams from California, Washington, Texas, Utah, Arkansas, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Maryland will compete in round robin tournaments for eight national championships. In addition to the American teams, Club Pati de Manlleu, a professional team from Spain, will play exhibition games against the World Class division teams. The first exhibition will be today against the tournament host, the Cumberland Raiders, at approximately 4:30 p.m.

    For those unfamiliar with Hardball Roller Hockey, here is a brief rundown of what the game is all about and a few of the rules that you will see called at the YMCA this week.

    - Hardball hockey is considered a "non-contact, skill game." It is more similar to basketball and soccer than ice hockey. The teams try to maintain control of the ball until it can get a good shot. There is no shot clock, but teams have 10 seconds once they have control of the ball to get the ball into the other team's end of the floor. Once they have the ball in the other end they can hold it for as long as they can. Like basketball, the offensive team cannot play the ball back into its own end. This is considered a turnover and the other team gets the ball.

    - Each team has five players on the floor at one time. One of these players is the goalkeeper, who is the only player who can play the ball while lying on the floor and the only one who can play the ball with the hands. All other players can only play the ball with the stick and must be on his skates when playing the ball.
    - At Nationals, games are two halves of 10-20 minutes with a one-minute break between halves. The younger divisions play 10-minute halves while the World Class plays 40-minute games. Domestically, a running clock is used which means that the clock only stops when the referee orders it stopped. This makes the game faster and keeps the flow especially in the World Class division.

    - Like soccer, a player can be punished with yellow and red cards. Hardball hockey also uses a blue card that will eject the player for two to five minutes. Teams turn the ball over for minor infractions, and major infractions can be punished with a penalty shot. Penalty shots in Hardball are like penalty kicks in soccer - one-on-one. All fouls inside the penalty area on the defense are punished with the penalty shot.
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    Jun 14, 2005
    Avanca, Portugal
    National tournament begins at Riverside
    Spanish team edges Raiders in exhibition; play resumes this morning

    CUMBERLAND - The host Cumberland Raiders World Class Division team stayed competitive with a professional team from Spain deep into the game and is hoping to make a run at another championship in the 2005 National Hardball Roller Hockey Championship at the Cumberland Riverside YMCA rink.

    The Raiders played the Club Pati de Manlleu team from Catalonia, Spain, and were leading 2-1 in the second half before falling, 4-2, in the exhibition game.

    That was one of 18 games played on the first day of the tournament that will run through Friday. There are 38 teams competing in eight divisions and there will be 91 games played.
    The Raiders, who have won eight national championships, are one of six teams playing in the World Class Division (former gold division). The other entries are favored Boyertown, Pa., Bremerton, Wash., Chowachilla, Calif., Redwood City, Calif., Klamath Falls, Ore., and the Texas Rebels.

    Last year's championship team, the Warriors from Burlington, Wash., was dismantled. Some of the players are on the Rebels team that includes players from the Lubbock (Tex.) Ghosts and Colts, and Wisconsin.

    The tournament has a round-robin format and the team with the best record after Friday's final games will be declared the champion. There are several tie-breakers, including a possible playoff game.
    The Club Pati De Manlleu, which completes in Spain's top Division I League, and the United States World Cup team will be playing all six teams in exhibition games this week along with facing each other on Friday in the final game.

    In Sunday's first World Class game Cumberland scored first and was leading 2-1 at halftime. The Spanish team's youth and quickness then took its toll in the second half.

    "They are a professional team that can play competitive with anybody," said Raiders' veteran coach Pat Ferguson. "Just to be competitive with them was good and I thought we actually had a chance to win or tie when we stayed with team as long as we did.

    "They are a better passing team than we are and were quicker to the ball than we were," added the Raiders' coach.

    Rick Malcolm put Cumberland on the board with a tip-in after a long shot by Gene Ferguson with six minutes elapsed. Spain tied the score with three minutes left in the half with an unassisted goal by Guillem Molist.
    Rodney Milburn, left, of the Cumberland I team battles a Utica Thunderbirds player for possession of the ball during their silver division game of the National Hardball Hockey Championships Sunday at the Riverside YMCA. The Cumberland team won, 4-2. (Photo credit: Steve Bittner/Times-News)
    Matt "Buddy" Price, who is also a member team USA, regained the lead for Cumberland on an assist from Mike Helmstetter Jr. with only 58.8 seconds left in the opening half.

    Alfonis Guillamet tied the score at the 13:24 mark in the second and gave Spain the momentum.

    Pat Ferguson was looking to regain the lead for Cumberland when his hard shot bounced off the cross bar of the goal with 5:30 left.

    Molist then came up with a steal near mid-rink and beat goalkeeper Shane Pflanz one-on-one for the go-ahead goal with 4:47 on the clock.

    Juan Roig iced the win for Spain when he scored the final goal with 47 seconds left. There were 10 Cumberland teams involved in opening-day action.

    In the silver division the Cumberland I team defeated the Thunderbirds from Utica, N.Y., 4-2, with Duane McMinn scoring two goals and Brandon Hedrick and Bink Hedrick getting one each. Brandon Hedrick and Harry Cage had assists.

    The Cumberland II silver team tied Bremerton, 2-2, with Gavin Schaaf and Chachi Waites scoring the Raiders' goals.

    In the bronze division, Cumberland defeated Florida, 3-2 with Shaun Evans scoring two goals and Bob Cooper contributing a goal and assist.

    The Cumberland junior team fell to Utica, 8-3. Allen Davis scored two goals and Cody Waites had a goal and assist for the Raiders.

    The Cumberland I freshman team defeated Bremerton, 4-1, with Allen Davis, Ryan Ferguson, T.J. Olinger and Curtis Deter scoring the goals. The Raiders then fell to Utica, 12-4.

    The Cumberland II freshman team lost to Tracy, Calif., 7-1, with Dominic Walters scoring the only goal for the Raiders.

    In the Midget Division the Cumberland I team defeated Bremerton, 6-2, with Sheena Schmelcher scoring three goals, Ryan Karns two, and Erin Ferguson one.

    The Cumberland I team then shut out Cumberland II, 5-0, with Schmelcher scoring two goals and Ferguson, Karns and Brandon Varner one each.

    Tracy defeated Cumberland II, 2-0.

    Bremerton blanked Cumberland, 8-0, in the pee wee division.
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    Jun 14, 2005
    Avanca, Portugal
    National Champs!
    Cumberland beats Texas for World Class title

    CUMBERLAND - In the advanced levels of hardball hockey, defense - especially good goalkeeping - is usually the deciding factor in the close games. That was proven true again in the World Class and Senior Silver levels of the 2005 Hardball Championships. Cumberland is the champion in both divisions and goalkeeping was a major factor in those Championships. Raider goalies Shane Pflanz and Jerry Rizzo were the defensive backbones for their teams this week.

    In Wednesday night's fifth round of World Class division play, the Raiders played regional rival Boyertown. Both teams entered unbeaten and the first half was evenly played. Brian Moyer and Dan Cormican scored first-half goals for Boyertown, while Matt Price put in two for Cumberland.

    Just one minute into the second half, Price scored his third goal of the game on a wrap-around to give the Raiders the lead. That is when goalkeeper Pflanz made his biggest stop of the game. Boyertown's Brian Barth beat a Cumberland defender and was one-on-one with Pflanz. The Cumberland goalie made the save to preserve the lead and keep the momentum on the Cumberland side.

    Cumberland would add two goals in the final five minutes to win the match, 5-2. That meant a win Thursday morning would give Cumberland its eighth World Class division title and first since 1997.

    On Thursday, Cumberland would meet up with the Texas Rebels, who had remained unbeaten by coming back from two goals down to beat Redwood City, 3-2, on Wednesday night. The Raiders used goals from all four starters to take a 4-1 lead against the Rebels. Then Texas started mounting a comeback.
    Josh England scored two goals to make it 4-3 with less than four minutes to play. Pflanz, however, made key saves with the one-goal lead and Cumberland defenders Gene Ferguson and Pat Ferguson blocked four shots to hold off the Rebels to give the Raiders the win that clinched the World Class Division title.

    The World Class Division has one remaining round with key match-ups this morning, including Texas vs. Boyertown, Cumberland vs. Chowchilla, Bremerton vs. Redwood City and a final exhibition between Team USA and Spanish club team Manlleu.

    The Northeast Region took all three placements in the Silver Division. With Cumberland No. 1 already assured the gold medal, its game against Salt Lake City seemed to have no meaning. That changed, however, with Cumberland No. 2 upsetting Utica yesterday afternoon. Suddenly, if Cumberland No. 1 could beat Salt Lake, that would force a sudden death between Bremerton and Cumberland No. 2 for the bronze medals.

    In a game that was a close battle until the end, the Cumberland No. 1 defense, led by Rizzo, held strong and Shawn Pendergast scored on a rebound to give Cumberland the win. That forced Bremerton and Cumberland No. 2 to play sudden death for bronze medals. After two scoreless five-minute periods, Cumberland No. 2 beat the Hurricanes in a shootout, 2-1, to give them the third place finish. Tyler Smouse and Chris Prinkey scored the Cumberland goals. Rizzo was awarded the best goalie award for only allowing seven goals in four games.

    Today is the final chance to see the Hardball Nationals with games beginning at 9 a.m. World Class battles on the schedule include Manlleu vs. USA. Members of the Western Maryland delegation will be on hand for a special ceremony at 11 a.m. After all the games are over the awards ceremony for Senior Gold will be held.
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    Jun 14, 2005
    Avanca, Portugal
    Champion Raiders finish unbeaten
    Local team, after clinching national title, beats California 6-2

    CUMBERLAND - The Cumberland Raiders World Class Division team had already clinched the championship and went about the business of completing the sweep of everybody in the field with 6-2 victory over Chowchilla, Calif., on the final day of National Hardball Roller Holler Championships on Friday at the Riverside YMCA Louis Ort Arena.

    The Raiders finished with a 5-0 record in the six-team round-robin tournament. They had clinched the championship with a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rebels on Thursday after beating the tourney favorite Boyertown (Pa.) Phantoms, 5-2, on Thursday.

    It is Cumberland's eighth championship in the World Class (formerly gold) Division and the first since 1997. Player/coach Pat Ferguson has played on all the championship teams and pointed out that the Raiders are the only team to win titles in four different decades.

    The Raiders won their first championship in 1973 with a 12-2-1 record under the late Ralph "Jeep" Ferguson and claimed their second title in 1975.

    Pat Ferguson took over as head coach in the 1975-76 season and had a roller hockey dynasty in the early 1980s with championships in 1980, 1982, 1983 and 1984. Then came a drought until 1997 when the Raiders won with a 7-1 record.
    The first national tournament was staged in 1961 and Cumberland began sending teams in 1964. Pat Ferguson pointed out that this was the first time they went unbeaten and not tied en route to the title. The Raiders did not enter teams in 1966 and 1969 and have an overall tournament record of 200 wins, 69 losses and 29 ties.

    In the final round-robin game on Friday that some people thought would be for the championship, Boyertown scored a sudden-death playoff victory over the Texas Rebels for second place after they battled 40 minutes to a 2-2 title. They both had 3-1-1 records.

    Chowchilla finished in fourth place with a 1-3-1 record after the loss to Cumberland. Redwood City, Calif., defeated Bremerton, Wash., 2-1, in Friday's first game to take fifth place with a 1-4-0 record. Bremerton finished 0-4-1.

    In Friday's final game, Club Pati de Manlleu from Cantalonia, Spain, defeated a tired USA World Cup team, 5-0, to finish 8-0 in exhibition games. The team is at the top of Division I in its zone in a tough Catalonia area that includes eight clubs with over 200 members each.

    Cumberland suffered a 4-2 loss to Spain in the first exhibition on Sunday after leading 2-1 at halftime. The Raiders defeated Team USA, 4-2, on Thursday.

    The USA team had players from Boyertown and the Texas Rebels, who had just played the overtime game. The Raiders were represented by Matt "Buddy" Price and Scott Ferguson. Pat Ferguson is the assistant coach.

    Against Chowchilla on Friday, Price, who received the tournament's top individual award for scoring the most points, hit three goals to lead Cumberland. Pat Ferguson, Scott Ferguson and Mike Helmstetter Jr. had one goal each.

    It was the third tournament "hat trick" for Price, who finished with 17 goals and four assists.

    The Raiders' Shane Pflanz was honored as the tournament's top goalie after allowing only 10 goals in the five games.

    Boyertown, with four Team USA players on its roster, got the win over the Rebels with the overtime goal by Jason Mathias. Dan Cormican scored the other two goals. The Rebels were comprised of players from Lubbock, Texas, along with several members of last year's national championship team from Burlington, Wash.

    The Spanish team got two goals from Juan Montero and one each from Marc Callis, Alfons Guillament and Guillen Molist in the win over Team USA.
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    Jun 14, 2005
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    Raiders celebrate triple-crown week
    History made at national tournament

    By Duane Mc Minn, submited to the Cumberland Times-News
    Sunday, July 3, 2005 10:36 AM EDT

    CUMBERLAND - The 2005 Hardball Hockey National Championships came to end on Friday afternoon and the tournament was a very successful one for the host Cumberland Raiders.

    This year's tournament marked the first time in club history that three different squads took their division championships. The World Class team, the Silver 1 team, and the Midgets won gold medals this week. The Raiders also won medals in Pee Wee and Bronze divisions and a third place in the Senior Silver.

    Here is a wrap up of the week:

    - The Hardball Player of the Year was announced at the Championships and the winner was a local woman - Danielle Walter, who plays for the Lady Hurricanes of Bremerton, Wash. Walter is a member of the USA ladies team and practices and lives in Cumberland. At the most recent World Championship, Walter was named the Most Valuable Goalie. This year she was a member the Ladies National Championship team and was named best goalie in the division.

    - The guest team, Catalonia, Manlleu of Spain, was a great addition to the tournament. It was a great idea to have this team play exhibitions against the U.S. club teams. They were fun to watch and even the veterans at the event enjoyed their style of play.
    While having Manlleu was a good idea, I don't feel the same about having the Team USA scrimmages every round. The problem was that some players were playing two games every round. By the end of the week, some had played seven games with their club team, then five or six more with Team USA. The players were worn down by the end of the week and this hurt not only the club teams, but Team USA in its final exhibition against Manlleu.

    - The YMCA staff should be recognized for a great week. The facility was first class and the workers did a great job taking care of the players and spectators. Hopefully, we will have the chance to host the tournament here again.

    Other businesses that made the tournament successful included: Vocelli Pizza; Moon-Glo; Moon-Glo 2; Lindy's; Bedford Road Liquors; Hohing and Lewis; The Hairem; Hartleys; Allegany Orthodontics; Appelseeds; Bedford Street Automotive; Mountain Discoveries; Eagle One; Shooting Star Pizza; Armstrong Insurance; Wiljon Furniture; D'Atri Subs; Central Assembly; PharmaCare; Independent Delivery Service; Chris Studio; Wings n Things; Chessie; When Pigs Fly; Hidey, Coyle, and Montelelone; Tri-State Hand and Occupational Therapy; Auto Zone; Frank Cullen; Curtis Friedenberg; Creative Memories; Liberty Liquors; Robert Owen Kazary; Knippenberg Insurance; Hillegas Construction; Cover Trucking; Nikki's Notary; Jack Abell; First Peoples; and DaVincis.

    - The next major event in Hardball Hockey will be the World Championships. This will be the first time ever the Worlds are being held in the United States. San Jose State University will host the event that begins on Aug. 6. If you made it to the YMCA to watch hardball hockey and liked what you saw, the Raiders are always looking for new members.
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    Resultados Grupo A:

    30/06/2005 ITÁLIA – Reno All Stars 2-3
    30/06/2005 ARGENTINA – Reno All Stars 6-6
    01/07/2005 ARGENTINA – ITÁLIA 1-1

    Resultados Grupo B:

    30/06/2005 Blanes – SUIÇA 4-1 (estreia de Osvaldo RAED com a camisola do Blanes)
    01/07/2005 CATALUNYA – SUIÇA 6-2
    01/07/2005 CATALUNYA – Blanes 1-1

    Resultados Meias-Finais:

    02/07/2005 CATALUNYA – ARGENTINA 7-6
    02/07/2005 Reno All Stars – Blanes 2-2 (2-2 ap; 2-4 gp)

    5º/6º Classificados

    02/07/2005 ITÁLIA – SUIÇA 5-2

    3º/4º Classificados

    03/07/2005 ARGENTINA – Reno All Stars 4-3


    03/07/2005 CATALUNYA – Blanes 2-0

    (Portugal and Spain refused to play, because Catalonya was playing to...)
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    Jun 14, 2005
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    Mario aguero, This year's USA Coach, chose for the last trial 14 players. 10 will play in San Jose:

    1. Josh England -Forward- washington (plays in Modena, Italia)
    2. Adam England -Forward - Washington
    3. Bryan Stallman - golie - washington (plays in Porto Santo, Portugal)
    4. Jason Mathias - Forward- boyertown, PA
    5. Bryan Mathias - Defense- Boyertown,Pa
    6. Matt Price -Forward- Cumberland,MD
    7. Scott Ferguson-Defense- Cumberland,MD
    8. Dan Cormicon -Defense- Boyertown,PA
    9. Shane S. -Forward- New York
    10. Toby - Golie - Chicago
    11. Hernon -Forward- Cal.
    12. Locas -Forward- Texas
    13. J. Allan -Defense- cal.
    14. Jeff C. - Golie- Boyertown, PA

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