South Africa’s senior men’s ice hockey team finished in third place behind Turkmenistan and winners Chinese Taipei, at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Division III Group A senior men’s world championship, at GrandWest, at the weekend.
Team SA got their campaign off to a good start, beating Turkmenistan 9-6 in their opening fixture but then lost 9-6 and 6-1 to Turkmenistan and the in-form Chinese Taipei respectively.
The hosts bounced back in their final outing against Luxembourg whom they beat 4-0 in their final match to give the home crowd something to cheer about.
The tournament was the final edition of three world championships hosted at the same venue this year. The competition also featured Thailand, Turkmenistan and overall winners Chinese Taipei.
In February, the women’s world championships took place, followed by the under-18 world championships in March.