|Dear Hockey friends, dear colleagues and quest of the championship,
Best compliments for the participants, coaches, umpires, officials and spectators of Euro Hockey Nations Trophy (Women) 2007.
The city of Siauliai is the countries women’s hockey centre, here runs all the most important Lithuanian women games. The women hockey clubs of this city such as “Siauliai”, “Gintra-Strekte-Universitetas” and “Lidvija” already third decade glorifies Siauliai name all over the Europe and the players of these clubs traditionally structures the base of different age group of Lithuanian national teams.
In this autumn Lithuanian will celebrate the 30th year anniversary! The best gift for this event is that the national teams U-16, U-18 and youth U-21 will participate in European Championships between 8 strongest European national teams. The countries strongest club Siauliai “Gintra-Strekte-Universitetas” returnedt to the Elite of the European Club Championship and Vilnius HFTC already several years plays in the strongest eights of the old continent of Euro Hockey indoor championship.
This year EHF entrusted to Lithuania and to Siauliai city for the second time to host the second by importance – The Euro Hockey Nations Trophy (Women) Championship, knowing that 3 strongest teams will gel the opportunity to pass to the Olympic Games in Beijing.
The decision of EHF is not accidental, because Lithuanian Hockey Federation and SIauliai municipality during the 6 last years successfully organized the 4th European Women and Girls Championships. And for this very important event Siauliai municipality changed the old synthetic carpet into the new one!
Big thanks for this!
This Euro Hockey Nations Trophy Championship is the big opportunity for the 8 countries to prolong the fight for the tickets to the Olympic Games. I hope that those three sets of medals will remind for the winners Lithuania, Siauliai city in their further struggle for the Olympic gold in Beijing.
Hearty thanks to Siauliai city municipality, local administration and council members, section of Physical Education and Sports, Government of republic of Lithuania, Department of Physical Education and Sports, Lithuanian National Olympic Committee. For their support! And to all friends, because without your help and support, sincere help this fabulous sport event wouldn’t happen.
Lithuanian Hockey Federation president
European Hockey Federation Executive Board member