Goals from Gabriel Dabanch, Rob Reckers and Mink van der Weerden ensured a safe passage for MHC Oranje Zwart to the KO8 stage as they eliminated Surbiton on a bad day for English Hockey. With Reading HC and Beeston HC falling earlier on in the day it was left to Todd Williams’ side to salvage some pride for their country. However, facing the newly-crowned Dutch champions at their home ground meant it was always going to be tough. Continue reading
A hat-trick from Sam Ward was not enough as Beeston became the second English side to tumble out of the Euro Hockey League at KO16 stage. The Bees took an early lead from their first attack but the loss of captain Adam Dixon in the second quarter proved to be a real turning point in the match as Waterloo Ducks got their noses in front and held off a late rally. Continue reading
Jeremy Gucasoff, the shootout specialist came up trumps again as Belgium’s Racing Club de Bruxelles held their nerve to see off much fancied KTHC Rot Weiss Koln in a dramatic shootout. The two sides could not be separated over 70 minutes, playing out a 2-2 draw but Gucasoff, and the extra long stick he uses for the shootout saw off efforts from Mats Grambusch, Moritz Trompertz and Joshua Delarber to give his team the 3-2 win. Continue reading
Reading crashed our of Europe at the KO16 stage despite a spirited second half display to run RC Polo de Barcelona all the way in a thrilling Euro Hockey League encounter. Charlie Seccombe’s side trailed at the break to goals from Roger Padros, David Alegre and Manel Terraza but they clawed their way back to 3-2 before Xavi Lleonart’s brilliant individual strike sealed the win for Carlos Garcia Cuenca’s team. Continue reading
Matteo Gryspeerdt was the hero for KHC Dragons as the goalkeeper pulled off saves from Laurence Docherty and Sander De Wijn in the shootout to send the Belgian side into the KO8 stage after an entertaining 2-2 draw with SV Kampong.
The two sides could not be separated during the 70 minutes as goals from Thierry Brinkman and Robbert Kemperman were cancelled out by strikes from Matthew Cobbaert and Jerome Saeys for Dragons and so a shootout was required, allowing Gryspeerdt his moment in the sun. Continue reading
A hat-trick from Rotterdam’s Jeroen Hertzberger- the all-time leading scorer in the EHL was enough to allow Reinoud Wolff’s side to cruise to a 6-1 over WKS Grunwald Poznan. Further goals from Seve van Ass, Jeffrey Thys and Bas Cambell came before Hertzberger completed his hat-trick with a tap in at the very end. Karol Majchrzak notched a consolation for the Poles but it was not enough. Continue reading
A penalty stroke from Paul Pongs just before half time was enough to see Harvestehuder THC past their domestic rivals Uhlenhorst Mulheim in a very close affair. The game may have been lacking in goals but it was not lacking in quality as both sides displayed some excellent skill on the ball, and perhaps more noticeably, some outstanding defensive work. Continue reading
Club de Campo moved into the KO8 stage of the Euro Hockey League with a dominant display to see off the challenge of St Germain in the first game of the week. Two goals apiece from Rodrigo Vila and Alex Davila did the damage as the French could not live with their Spanish opponents. Continue reading
Goals from Emily Atkinson, Hollie Webb and Jenna Woolven fired Surbiton to a 3-0 win over Canterbury and their first Investec Women’s Championship Trophy. Brett Garrard’s side, in only their second season in the Premier League and their second appearance at the playoffs held off a spirited display from the Kent side to cap a perfect weekend for the Sugden Road outfit.
Reading bounced back from the disappointment of yesterday’s semi-final defeat to Surbiton with a dominant display to hammer Clifton 6-0 to seal third place in the playoffs. A hat-trick from Becky Halle, two from Alex Danson and another from Jess Brooker did the damage as Clifton simply could not live with their opponents.