A healthy Friday crowd of around 300 watched 64 goals try to separate 8 nations at the EuroHockey Indoor Championships II in Bern, Switzerland today.

A first international tournament using the new 5-a-side format certainly did not disappoint. There was a clear learning curve evident by most teams throughout the day, with some winners and some losers.

4th ranked Ukraine had the most fire-power, netting 11 goals to earn them 4 points and top Pool B on goal difference to Belgium. The two played out a tight 3:3 draw in game 1. Denmark beat Slovakia to leave them 3rd and 4th respectively going in to Day 2.

In Pool A, the host Switzerland and lowest ranked Scotland are on top with 4 point a piece. They meet in game 3 tomorrow to battle it out for top spot. France looked strong in both games and will be disappointed with two draws today, a win against Belarus tomorrow could see them jump into the top 2. Belarus will be hoping to get off the mark after two losses today.

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