Belfast Telegraph

Tatarstan and Toronto on ice up for final treat at Odyssey

By Jonathan Bradley

SPECTATORS have been flooding through the gates of the Odyssey Arena this week with the World Police and Fire Games organisers stating that over 35,000 fans have turned out to watch ice hockey in the venue so far.

Those in attendance tonight are set to witness a thrilling finale of the Division 1 competition after both the Toronto Police Department and Tatarstan Republic Police claimed emphatic victories in yesterday's semi-finals.

The puck drop is at 7pm and Toronto's Ryan McIntyre is especially looking forward to the match-up against the Russians.

Speaking ahead of the contest, he said: "It should be a great game especially with the hockey rivalry between Russia and North America. We know they're a good side and they move the puck well but we'll just try to play our game and hopefully that will be enough."

Echoing the sentiments of many of the games competitors, McIntyre added: "I've been to these games multiple times and this is the most fun we've had. The city is great and everything has been run well."

Having claimed top spot in the round-robin competition, Toronto were paired with the Stockholm Fire Department in the semi-finals and proved far too strong for their Scandinavian counterparts in a 10-1 romp.

Tatarstan went one better in their match with Sécurité Incendie Montréal, taking advantage of some early power plays to eventually win 11-1.

Elsewhere yesterday, the PSNI's gold medal match against Mexico in the 11-a-side soccer contained none of the controversy that marred their previous contest with Marbella but they came up short against the South Americans, taking silver after a 2-0 defeat.

Northern Ireland fire fighter Gerry Murphy's incredible games continue and he has now won six gold medals in the kayaking events. His impressive haul has helped lift Northern Ireland to ninth in the medals table with 19 golds.

Even Murphy's incredible total was eclipsed however by Jose Baez Gonzalez. The Mexican has earned eight gold medals after successes in the 35-39 open swim category at the Bangor Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Centre.

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