Last Saturday, Ásynjur (“Goddesses”), a team at Akureyri Skating Club (SA), became female national champions in ice hockey after defeating Björninn (“The Bear”) Skating Club 6:2 in their third game in five days. In order to win the championship, the teams needed to win three games. Ásynjur won 3:0, thus winning the duel rather convincingly. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />
Akureyri. Photo by PS.
Two teams competed on behalf of SA in the tournament, Ásynjur and Ynjur. The teams came in the top two places in the division and were united before the finals. SA therefore had the advantage in numbers. Also, twelve players from SA were selected for the national team while six were chosen from Björninn.
Two sisters, Diljá Sif Björgvinsdóttir, 14 years old, and Silvía Rán Björgvinsdóttir, 12 years old, showed brilliant moves in the match. Together they scored four goals and set up three. They were incredibly powerful, Morgunblaðið reports, and therefore their mother was asked what she is feeding them. “The girls only get normal Icelandic home cooking,“ their mother, Ásta Jóhanna Þorláksdóttir, replied. She said that the youngest one started playing in the championship league when she was ten years old. They have one more sister who also plays hockey. She is 18 years old but has been suffering from injuries this past winter. They all started skating at the same time, when they were 3, 5 and 9 years old. They all started out as figure skaters before switching over to ice hockey, which seems to suit them quite well, their mother says, who was very proud to see her daughters win the trophy.
Diljá Sif Björgvinsdóttir scored three goals for SA and Guðrún Blöndal, Sarah Smiley and Silvía Rán Björgvinsdóttir scored one goal each. Flosrún Vaka Jóhannesdóttir scored both goals for Björninn, vikudagur.is reports.