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Campeonato Americano 2016 Great Success
The first Masters tournament in South America took place from 2nd-4th December 2016 at Club Atlético Ferrocarril General San Martín in Buenos Aires. Club sides from Argentina contested the men’s competitions at Over 40 and Over 50 and Argentine ladies teams were joined by teams from Uruguay and Paraguay in the Women’s Over 40 section. There was also the first appearance of a Women’s Over 60 team, the first genuine Grand Masters side to play in South America! They played in an exhibition match before the tournament against a much younger side from Paraguay.
The tournament was also notable for the establishment of the Asociación Argentina de Hockey Masters y Grand Masters which will ensure the continuing development of Masters and Grand Masters hockey in the region. Already three clubs in Argentina - in Tucuman, Parana and Mendoza - have expressed an interest in hosting the next tournament, as well as Asuncion in Paraguay, so preparations are already under way!